Well here we are in what is close enough to call the middle of January experiencing more rain and wind and muggy weather. You certainly cannot say that Australia is not a country of extremes. From Bushfires in Western Australia (which may have been deliberately lit) to raging floods in Queensland and New South Wales we certainly seem to have it all. Ashley and I have been watching closely the flood situation and the bushfires and it is just heart breaking to hear that not only have homes and businesses been lost but also lives. The various rescue and emergency services are doing all they can but in some instances sticky beaks/rubber neckers/sightseers (use what ever word you want) are hampering efforts and in some cases are even needing rescuing themselves.
We are not affected by the floods ourselves. Swan Hill’s chances of being flooded are very, very remote but my sister is stuck near Toowoomba with her family. They had gone to visit her inlaws and have been cut off by the floods and now cannot return for some time to their home in the Northern Territory. They are fine – Mum rang her today – and are on high ground and not in any danger but the worry is still there. They can go higher if they have to so there is no concern for their safety at this stage.
At home here we have had more rain and the weeks forecast is for more to come. My chooks are not overly impressed with this weather although by the look of them they are managing to stay dry. As you can see while everything else is drowing the weeks are growing beautifully….sigh.
The dam is filling very nicely and we are now getting to the stage of where does the water go when it’s full? Another half a metre of water in it should see the water lapping at the very top edges of the dam. I think the last time that happened was not long after we had the dam dug -around 12 years ago.
While it’s wonderful to see that the water is there for the dry times unfortuantely the pump has died so I have no way to get it to the garden. While this year is a no spend year I feel that a working pump might be a necessary item.
The front drive is flooded but we can still get in and out and a quick walk around the garden this morning quickly showed that some parts of the lawn are ankle deep in water. Milly (who hates to even go outside to pee in the rain) spent her time racing around in the puddles and having a ball. Work that out if you can.
There has been more discussion as to whether we need to build/dig another
ornamental pond dam in the front garden. Each time there has been abnormal amounts of rain the subject is pulled out for further review. I have found the perfect spot for it not near any underground power lines and only a couple of pop up sprinklers are near it. Whether Ashley agrees with my choice is another matter. The theory is a pond dam could be used to hold the water from the drive in weather conditions like this, be attractive and also be a source of water for the plants that are right up the front of the garden. I can see a small windmill providing pumping power and lots of watery type plants put in around it – but as we all know what I see in my minds eye may never come to fuitition. Still there may be more of a chance to get it built than there has been in previous years considering the amount of rain we have had.
Luckily Ashley and I spent time on Sunday gardening – me pruning, him putting the prunings through the mulcher. Thank heavens we did as I’m sure that mulch that was spread around has stopped parts of the garden washing away. I cleaned out the vegie garden and won’t plant anymore in it until the Autumn. It’s too hot now and water (dare I even say it) difficult to keep up to the plants in the hottest of weather. I’m toying with the idea of planing some vegies in polystyrene boxes and placing them at the edge of the pergola where they will get more shade and where (hopefully) I can tend them without being devoured by mosquitos. Already in Swan Hill a case of someone having a mosquito bourne illness has been recorded and the Doctors (according to the local paper) think that it won’t be the first.
As I said we are a country of extemes but I honestly wouldn’t live anywhere else.