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This is my home in town

I went into town to have lunch with my daughter and my sister the other day and was taken by the bark of the Xanthorrhoea australis tree.  The bark looked so much like lizard skin. 

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Then I realised there was a lizard sitting there. Same colours same pattern.

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The city house is near the university and it is a nice place to have lunch as that is where my daughter lectures.  It has changed since my day.  But the students still sit around.

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And there are some new sculptures.

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The Dutchman's pipe was in full bloom.

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And those gargoyles still look down on your in the quadrangle.

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But I am always happy to get back to the island.


Where I Live

It is just so wet!!

It is supposed to be dry at this time of year and we are in the midst of floods, yet again.  I haven't seen a clear sky in over a week and now the mould is starting to grow again.  My house smells of bleach as I try to keep it's growth at bay and I have spent days with the pressure hose getting the paths clean of the slime.

The mornings are still. This image was taken waiting for the barge to arrive.  I am used to clear views, not all this mist.  Usually you can see the other islands.

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The water looks great, but in reality it is full of mud and vegetation bought down in the flood waters.

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But if the sun peaks through everything changes.

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It is even too wet to mow the lawn.  I hope winter comes soon.


Where I live

These are some more shots of Mowong beach, this time with Nugget.  He is my son's dog and is completely loveable, but no brains, except when there is food around.

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He is most unhappy because he would like to be swimming with my grand daughters but on this beach he has to be on the leash.

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Still, we took him to the dog off the leash beach later in the day.  This day was for the girls to enjoy the swimming without that annoying dog.

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After the storm

I thought all the wild weather was over but again the storms hit us.  Lots more flooding.  In some areas people hadn't cleaned up from the last flood.  Here on our island a huge storm came in from the sea bringing thunder and lightening and lots of rain.  Luckily no person was injured.  I can't say the same for the bush.

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Some really big trees came down among the houses.  Some were found to be hollow.

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Huge giants that looked immovable.

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A few fences were crushed and people ran around sand bagging entrances to their homes.  The communication tower got hit and the Telstra crews worked for a couple of days to get power and internet back up.  The ground is waterlogged after all the storms and the beaches leak water like a sheen over the sand.

The day before the storms the weather was so calm.  I sat out the back on the ferry and just soaked it up.

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On the way into the jetty I saw that the pirates had returned.

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I wondered why she ran for cover into the mangroves.  Now she has come back.

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A few days later most of the mess has been cleaned up.  The little sailing boats are back,

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and the sunsets are spectacular, even if the beaches are still messy.

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As I was walking home today I ran into a family of wild ducks.  Mum, Dad and the 9 kids.  Somehow they managed to survive the storms and were out on their first walk.

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Seems a bit late in the season for new ducklings.  I hope they survive and I hope this is the end of the storms.


Grandmother duty - Cancelled due to weather crisis

I was going to my son's home for the next week as my grand daughter is ill but Mother Nature has intervened.  It has been raining hard for 4 days straight.  We have had over a years rainfall during that time.  My shoes are permanently squishy, they will probably rot with mold when the sun comes out, along with everything else in the house, so I must stock up with bleach to kill it all before it takes hold.  It is pretty bad up in Brisbane as well with the river breaking it's banks and all kinds of things washed away.  My son is flooded in at our town house, but he still has power so will ride this out.

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We are not only cut off as an island a lot of the roads around the area are cut as well.  This is the local pub on the mainland,

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and this is the car-park.

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You have to wade into our local Cafe on the island.

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But, the water does drain away fairly quickly once the tide goes down.  The wetlands are getting flushed out.

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But the many trees have been brought down.  On the main beach where there are usually big gum trees,

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there is now a hole.  I'm not sure just where the tree has ended up.

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At the other end of the island 6 or 7 new creeks have been created by the run off. 

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The biggest seems to have brought the contents of a midden as well.  This beach has numerous middens from the times the aboriginals hunted here.

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I think the boat ramp will have to be rebuilt.

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And there is more rain to come.  Still the kids think it is great.

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The other thing that the rain has brought out is frogs.

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There seems to be thousands of them, the noise is deafening.  All the males are singing to get a mate. 

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The Kerlews (birds) and the snakes are feasting.  So this weather isn't bad news for everyone.


A difficult week

It is the first week of the school term and it has been a difficult week.  Looking after a child with a disability isn't easy and I have had a number of challenges this week.  Monique broke both my new iron and my laptop computer we use for classes.  The iron was knocked off the ironing board, so I have replaced that with a top of the range one.  I will just separate the iron section from the rest of it whilst she is here. 

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The lap top is in for repairs.  It is only one year old but I can't get replacement speakers, so I will add some external ones.  She spilt water all over the keyboard.  I thought she had done damage to my Mac but I have managed to get that working again.  There are going to be some rocky patches ahead.  This all happened in the first two days.  I just hope I survive it all.

I do have this beautiful place to live, which is a plus.  The early morning sunrise.

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The sky and sea when the weather changes.

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Even the mud-flats have their own beauty.

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And of course my little dog, Bear, is there to give me sympathy.

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And I have my stitching to keep me sane.


The 23rd Psalm

Usually, in the mornings Bear, (my dog,)  and I walk down a path through the bush to the Golf Course and then back home via the beach, if the weather is fine.  If it is wet we come back via the road.  As we started our walk the other day I was struck by the beauty and peace of the path and the words, "He restoreth my soul" came to mind.

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That is just what this walk does, restores my soul.

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It isn't the most startling and outstandingly beautiful walk.

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But there is something about the bush and the singing of the birds that the moment I enter this walk I feel peaceful.   In wet weather some of the trees which have closely spaced, fine leaves, hold onto the raindrops and when the sun comes out the trees shine like they are bedecked with stars.  (I'm still waiting for the right time to catch this with my camera.)

 

 


A forced retreat

My son rang me this morning to say he had tested positive for Covid.  I'm still coming to terms with that.  When he was here he told us that everyone at work had contracted the virus, so in some ways I'm not surprised. (He is triple vaccinated.) Now we have to handle that.  It is impossible to get a test done unless you have symptoms and there are no home tests available to self test.  So, we will just have to wait and see what happens.  Not much use worrying about what might happen.  Both my husband and I are 'at risk'.  He because he has had open heart surgery and me because I have a problem with my immune system, so it is a concern.

We have to go into isolation for the next 7 days as close contacts so I am lining up the sewing projects.  Those place-mats and then quite a bit of quilting.  At least there will be no interruptions!  Because we live, away from people, I can still go for a walk outside.  And there are some parts of the island where you can be completely alone.  So it isn't all doom and gloom, and just think of all the work I can get done?

This morning the sea was calm and the wild hibiscus trees had dropped their flowers into the water.  (This tree is home to jewel beetles as well as having lovely flowers.)

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I am going to keep an eye on my Bougainvillea, it is growing like Jack's bean stalk and it is not going any higher than the roof.  I wonder how long it will take to get to the roof?

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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.

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Where it would be bright sunshine everything is just overcast.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Things that come with the storm

I never knew why these flowers were called 'storm lillies".

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Now I do.  The minute the storms built up and the rains came the lillies bloomed.  They are just so pretty.

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And they are covered with native bees who love their nectar.  Usually the native bees just look like little black insects,

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That black speck is one.  They look like this close up.

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But I saw a blue banded one the other day.  These are native bees also and are just so different that I had to get on line and research them.  ( I couldn't get a picture on my phone.)

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One good thing about the rains is that it will give all the trees I have planted a good start.  Even my Agapanthas are blooming.

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The bad thing is the mosquitoes.  We have Barmar Forest and Ross River Fever virus cases and some one tested positive for Dengue Fever.  My sons had that when they were small when we lived up north.  I thought that they might have died they were so ill.  The hospital and the doctors were worried about that as well but they both recovered, although it was weeks before they could walk again.

My daily routine now includes putting on insect repellent twice a day, without fail along with wearing a mask when I go shopping.  As if we don't have enough to worry about with Covid?