This is not a usual summer this year. Normally I am melting by this stage but there are some big cyclones around just now. I got this lovely photo of the island from the mainland the other day but you can see those rain clouds everywhere hence the rainbow. Sometimes the rain is really heavy and the winds are high.
Where it would be bright sunshine everything is just overcast.
My sons have got their new boat up and ready to sail, and it has pushed the car out of the carport, but Guy has a broken wrist and the weather is just too unstable to put her in the water.
This time of year sees king tides and that, in combination with the cyclone sitting just off the coast, has seen that water levels rise. Each year the tide seems to come up just a bit higher. It has been threatening to rise over the beach and swamp the creek for some time. That has now happened.
At low tide this creek disappears and the puddles that are left are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. No worry about that at the moment.
The water level has risen so much that waves are washing over the rocks on the shore line that are usually high and dry.
When I go down the track, which runs from our home to the beach, I can see the water lapping at the edge of the bush. This is normally another 10 metres further away but there is still a bit of distance and the bluff before the water would reach us.
What this will do to the plants and trees that live along the shore line we will have to see. The eastern side of the island was hit by a cyclone a few years ago. Many of the big trees were swamped and died as a result of inundation from the salt water. We are just going to have to watch what happens this time. There are non of those big gums down on this level. The worst senario is that it might destroy the barge ramp. Then no one could get any vehicles on or off the island. I think I will move my car back to the mainland in the next few days.