Monday, January 10, 2011

Rain, rain go away, come again another day !!!!!

And still it comes ! Will this rain ever end? I think we have had enough this month already! I drove in here on the 9th of December...."Joe's" crossing was over by about six inches but that was OK. I can just about handle that (I am a whimp where running water is concerned). Since then I have made a quick dash to the big smoke (the GB took me out) on the Wednesday before Christmas to pick up the turkey and ham I had ordered and do ALL my xmas shopping.......I had three hours...I was a girl on a mission! We went in to the village on Christmas day to go to church and I have been here since then. Flooded in .......sometimes by my choice as I am not game to drive through flooded crossings but most times because the water is just too high for anyone to get out.

I don't drive through it when it looks like this!

Physically it is no problem, the house is up on a hill and I am "high and dry". I certainly have enough food in the fridge/pantry and veggie garden to keep going for a loooong time. The chooks are a little bedraggled but still laying enough to keep me going and I am working my way through the backlog of chores BUT I have to say ....I am over it! Is it just the "whinging pom" in me coming out? I think I am not alone. About 28 years ago, I complained to my darling and ever patient Gorgeous husband that "I am sick of blue skies". Everyday, I looked out of the window and the sky was blue. (I secretly longed for four seasons!!!)...sigh....I have learnt not to complain! (He took me first to Adelaide and drizzle and then to Jakarta to hot and steamy .....I try to just be grateful for what I have now!!!) I know I am so much luckier than so many people here in Queensland at the least my home is safe and dry but my neighbour phoned me today for a chat and told me her husband had informed her this could go on until about blood pressure rose in a flash.

To leave here I have two creek crossings and six bridges to get over just to get to the closest village.....we live in the next valley to Borumba Dam and we drive over a crossing that is downstream of the spillway. Yesterday the water coming over the spillway reached over 3 metres.......when.... I do get out... will the bridges still be there? How much of the road will be untouched by raging waters?

Part of the road that slumped into the creek last week.

The village I drive through to get out was flooded in yesterday and possibly still is. I know I am still the lucky one with so much horror on the TV about flood affected areas all around......BUT !!!!

Next Sunday is the Princesses 7th birthday......with gifts and parties and all that it entails. I hope not to miss it. We filled the pool (above ground) for her to swim in over the school holidays....she only made it up for 24 hours over Christmas and had to leave before the waters rose again....said pool now has to be emptied daily to avoid overflowing. My favoured footwear is gumboots (what a fashion statement) and the dog refuses to go out in the rain to pee ! On the upside....when I do venture out, the weeds that grow before my eyes do at least pull out easily. We are well into the favoured moon planting time for veggies and I am busily pulling out waterlogged and rotting plants.......pause for breath.........Thankyou......I have had my rant ;-) I think I can get on with it now. Thank you for your patience :-) I feel so much better :-)

ps. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas...the cards here are still to be posted!!!!! I wish you all the best for a bright and wonderful New Year.

With that out of the's to a new year of blogging :-)


  1. Oh my Linda. You really are being tested. Flooded in for long. Jeepers.

    Sensible girl. Do not drive across if in doubt. Too many people think 'oh, I'll be okay' and drive across bridges only to get washed away. I'm like you, no way. I'm flat out walking across our bridge when it only reaches my ankles.

    I had a weed around the pool yesterday. The weeds came out very easily, so I can well relate with you there. Unfortunately in places, too much soil came out with them. What a mess!

    Yes, our veggies are rotting too. The only good news, fruit trees are absolutely going crazy and never looked better. Except for some of my citrus. Oh well. Imagine the price of veggies soon. Most probably won't be available given the state of the Lockyer and Warwick.

    It's good to have a rant. Keep ranting and keep posting. It's good to hear from you again. Stay safe and stay sane!! Mariana xxx

  2. Hi Linda. Its good to hear from you after a long absence from blogger.
    I hope you haven't been too badly affected by the flooding in Queensland? I have been watching the devastation in horror, how could this happen here in Oz? Hard to comprehend.

    On another note.....we still haven't sold our property after nearly 4 months!! In fact there has been only one couple here to look and they wanted something nearer to the cafe's and stupormarkets. (After all, we are only 10 minutes drive away from the shopping centre!) So to cut a long story short, we have taken it off the market until autumn and then try again. It seems that the market is flat at the mo. (maybe someone from Queensland might like it, flooding here,high on the hill) forgive my wicked sense of humour, please. It a tiresome exercise, keeping the place "spiffy" for viewing.
    Take care Linda, stay dry (if possible) I wish there was something that I could do. Remember that our thoughts and prayers are with you (and ALL the people in Qld.) XXXX