|South Bank, Brisbane - area now completely under water|
The last blog was called “it’s just not normal” and all we can do is reiterate that …. this should be the time of year when the sun shines and temperatures are at an average of 30 deg. Saying that - we’ve never been cold! I did put socks on one evening but that’s as far as it got! The “wet season”, cyclone period hasn’t even begun!
And through it all ….. the Aussie determination, comradeship and humour continues: people willing to loan their caravans to complete strangers who have lost their homes; a scheme whereby you can adopt a family and support them to replace things they have lost, particularly school equipment as families prepare for children to return to school next week after the 6 week holidays; people who have been flooded out previously saying they still love their community and will rebuild in the same area; the usual financial and practical support; and comments about animals walking around in pairs looking for Noah!
It’s all been a sobering experience for us in many ways. We’ve not really been affected by the floods. Yes we had to stay at Claremont before Christmas for a few extra days due to road closures and we didn’t make it to Blackall to see my cousin Dave and his wife Lynn (if we had chanced that journey we would have been stranded there until after Christmas as more rains fell and rivers and creeks flooded), we had to back-track and travel a couple of hundred extra kilometres to get to Brisbane due to road closures, and Brisbane area is now suffering - but so far, not Rochedale where Geoff and Janelle live. So all we can say is that we’ve been very very fortunate, we feel for those who have suffered in so many ways, and we are waiting to see if there’s anything we can do to help.
|Camp Site at Brunswick Heads|
|Wildlife just outside our caravan!|