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Too Much of a Good Thing
January 12, 2011
australia, flooding, floods, photos, Queensland
It’s a wet, wet world out there.
Jan 12, 2011 @ 12:37:11
Hope you are managing to keep your heads above water?
Jan 12, 2011 @ 20:27:09
Yes, thanks, Ruby. It’s bizarre and disconcerting to see motor boats travelling down the main street of the city, and sobering to meet people who have lost their homes.
Even though we are high and (in comparison to most of the city) dry here, I find myself often on the verge of tears for no discernible reason. There is so much destruction evident already it seems overwhelming, and then there is the constant sound of sirens and helicopters. I’m so glad to know they are there, but it’s kind of horrifying listening to it all day.
But I know it can’t last forever. Thanks for coming by! 🙂
Jan 12, 2011 @ 21:26:32
Hi Mrs BB,
Clarence has waited patiently all day, just across the road, 15m from our house, like he was waiting for an invitation to enter our property. Alas, I now see it was just a ruse, and he was skirting around our property, hiding in the cane fields, and creeping, slowly but surely, in through our back paddock.
He will inevitably let himself into the downstairs area of our house some time tonight. Everything has been moved, raised or relocated as he is a most inconsiderate houseguest, paying little heed to white goods, floor coverings or my hundreds of Fowler Vacola preserving jars. It is best we remove e things we value from his dirty little reach.
When he visited in 2001, he was probably 5 feet tall, then in 2009, he had shrunk somewhat and was a mere 3 feet. It will be interesting to see what his stature is tomorrow.
Yesterday was spent moving 6 cows, 3 horses, about 30 sheep, one dog and about 30 goldfish to higher ground (well in the case of the goldfish, to a higher reservoir of water). We have no flood free land on our 18 acres. I was blessed with three, and sometimes four, well behaved children. I did however, overdo it, and ended up with heatstroke by the end of the day, (no water, no food, and no sunscreen) which kept me low for most of today.
We are all safe, my animals are all safe, and I am so profoundly thankful for that. I am incredibly saddened by what I hear unfolding in Queensland. There, but for the grace of God, go I.
Jan 12, 2011 @ 22:35:35
Hi Mrs BB,
Just poked my head outside to see how Clarence was coming along. Alas, he’s let himself in. A mere few inches downstairs so far, but I expect by 2am he will be closer to 1.2 metres or more. I did manage to rescue our cat whilst I was down there though.
Having a medium sized family, and living a little way out of town, our freezer is always stocked.
We had a sermon the other Sunday on setting up treasures in heaven rather than on earth, and one of the “earthly” examples, a bit tongue in cheek, was how the Minster would squirrel away the crusts of bread in the freezer for toast.
Later, I asked, equally tongue in cheek, was it sinful to have:
24 loaves of bread
20 litres of milk
and bags of garden vegetables in the chest freezer?
Provided we don’t lose power for too long, we are right for food for months to come.
Jan 16, 2011 @ 20:53:53
Heidi, please let me know how you fared, when you get time! xx
Jan 13, 2011 @ 08:23:04
Heidi, wherever have you stored your 6 cows, 3 horses, about 30 sheep, one dog and about 30 goldfish? (not forgetting of course, the rest of your family!)
The freezer list – 😀
You must have a cold room, yes? If it’s free standing freezers, were you able to move some to higher ground? I think I would cry just over losing those stores!
How long is the river expected to visit with you? You poor love, I am wearing down and I don’t even have to face my lounge-room floor getting soggy.
Do you have plenty of water stored? There is an e-coli outbreak already to the west of us, and many regions are reaching critically low reserves of drinking water.
Heidi, I’m glad you have somewhere safe to go, and that you had time to prepare for the water coming.
God be with you and keep you.
Jan 13, 2011 @ 22:39:10
Mrs BB!! I have been thinking of you every day and praying you and the family are safe!
I send my love and cyber hugs to you dear precious friend. You have been in my thoughts all through this…
Davids family are all in Ispwich… Bundamba, Riverview, Collingwood Park. We haven’t been able to reach any of them… phones must be out. I don’t know… we keep trying to get through to find out if they are all safe and well.
Love to you darling…
Jan 13, 2011 @ 22:59:49
I was checking your blog today and wondered if your family were all right, Brisbane being the mess it is. If you shoot me off an email with an address at Bundamba, Mr BB is happy to drive around and check tomorrow, as he’s going that way anyway.
All the phones are out and the power is cut. If you send me your mobile number too, if we find someone home they can give you a call to let you know how they are on one of our phones. (They may not have your number anywhere besides their mobile, which will no doubt be flat by now 🙂 )
Thanks for coming by – I’ve been missing your sweetie self! xx
Jan 14, 2011 @ 18:15:23
Thank you Mrs BB! I will get the details off David and email you… I will send you our home phone number because we don’t have ordinary mobile phone reception in our little village. Thanks again my dear friend 🙂
Jan 15, 2011 @ 19:19:26
As I watched the news tonight it was so wonderful to see so many people helping each other, I wonder why we can’t do it more often. So much water in 3 states, with so many lives disrupted and turned up side down.
It brings a tear to my eye.
Jan 16, 2011 @ 03:37:38
it’s so high…
Jan 16, 2011 @ 20:51:03
It is good to see people getting in and supporting those who’ve been hit hard. These kind of events certainly bring out the best and worst in people.
Vimal, it was very high. Most of the water has receded now, and what is left now is almost more alarming than seeing the water. I never would have imagined how incredibly destructive it can be.
Jan 18, 2011 @ 09:26:26
Hello Mrs BB,
It is all over for us down here in the Clarence Valley. The flood was higher than 1996, but lower than 2009. It was predicted to be much higher, but the Coldstream River, which joins up to the Clarence River, almost opposite us, was low, and so a lot of the water from the Clarence rushed up the Coldstream, reducing the height of the water that reached us. Still, almost a metre of water under the house, and deeper across the rest of the farm, is not pleasant, but entirely bearable.
Now, we worked very hard on the Tuesday when the flood warning was issued. We dismantled our stockyards, and moved them to a friend’s property up the road. We kept the cattle in the stockyards and handfed them daily, and the horses had the rest of the paddock to themselves. I was going to keep the sheep in the machinery shed, but a lovely gentleman from up the road, dropped in and asked if we wanted to put our sheep in his paddock. He had sheep, but had sold them on, so his paddocks were empty. We took him up on his offer. The dog is up at the Manse of the Church that we go to, playing with their pampered pooch. Our dog is a farm dog, their dog is a house dog… if Hunter expects to sleep at the foot of our bed when he gets home, he’s got another thing coming! The chooks were penned over at the door of the machinery shed, and feasted on all the little critters that were seeking higher ground.
The cattle are home, the horses we will pick up tomorrow, and the sheep the following week. Our paddocks are drying out, and we have pressured cleaned underneath the house, and the concrete and tiles look spotless (so, some good comes from a flood, it makes you clean!).
When you asked about our water supply, I think that is how different our flooding is from that of Queensland. The Clarence rises steadily, breaks its banks, then falls steadily. Our floodplain is extensive, and the water is not so much under pressure, as in narrow valleys and smaller rivers and creeks that flash flood. Not to say that the river doesn’t flow at a speed that is frightening, just that our houses are built up high, and not right along the water’s edge in harms way.
So, our reticulated water remained fine, with only a minor power outage. 2001 did see us without power for about three days, and without telephone for over a week (mobile phones weren’t so common back then and the towers were jammed with calls and you couldn’t get through).
We have two freezers, a 750L and a 160L, which holds a lot of our home produced food. This needs to be unstacked, then the freezers carried up to the verandah, and then repacked. I have plans to buy a block and tackle so that they can be hoisted up from ground level, rather than carried up the stairs.
I also do a lot of preserving. So had a lot of full and empty jars to move to higher shelving in the garage. Although, when they revised the height to higher again, I had to redo it all over again, and put the shelving on even more bricks (only time I curse having so many empty Fowler Vacola jars!). My long suffering husband is now going to build me a pantry with high shelving, so he can get rid of the wardrobes that I currently use as my pantry… because the wardrobes need to be moved to higher ground too!
My prayers are with those that lost their possessions, but even more so with those that lost loved ones. I know that God works for the good of those he loves, and pray that this will draw people to Him, for solace and comfort. It is “easy” for me to say, I know, having not been in their situation. I also pray that the Churches in those areas, will use this as a time of outreach, giving physical comfort and emotional support to those in need.
Ah, once again, there but for the Grace of God go I.
Sorry to take up so much of your blog space with “me”!
Bye for now,
Jan 18, 2011 @ 18:34:13
Hello dear Heidi,
It’s good to hear that you are well underway with your re-habitation of your property. Certainly it sounds like your flooding river behaves in a more civilised manner than ours. 🙂
With so many animals, children and stores to move when the waters rise, it does seem to make sense to plan your food storage around not having to move that too far. (Hooray for a new pantry with high shelves! and.. um.. block and tackles? )
Thanks for coming back to share with me, when I know you must have a lot to do to. It’s my great privilege to have you “take up blog space”, and I welcome your contributions.
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