Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A Home Among The Gum Trees

Summer officially hits Australia on the first of December, yet we are already experiencing days of up to 35c or 95f. The weather promises to be hot and dry this season and for some states such as Victoria this reads the 14th year of drought. One has to feel compassion for those residence, who experienced horrific bush fires last year....goodness only knows what this year might bring. My eldest daughter and family are one hours drive south of me and in view of the Pacific Ocean yet also among tall fuel rendering eucalypts. The smell of smoke and sight of fire is never an accustomed desire.
Our precious water is ever restricted, often saved from bath and kitchen to be recycled onto gardens. Duel flush toilets and special nozzles on shower heads save consumption. Our government subsidised water saving washing machines and home water tanks. Yes, most homes possess their own tanks with or without city water as well. When the kookaburra laughs long and hard around noontime, it signals a weather change. Eyes turn skyward to watch for rain clouds... grey (good) or green (oh no, hail!) .... Run and put the vehicles undercover!!!!
You know, I'd never change a thing about my country, I love it just as crazy as it is.........
"So I'll keep my home among the Gum Trees" ................
And we'll go a "Waltzing Matida" and say "It's alright Mate," when the goin' get's tough.


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