Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunshine and Happiness

I cannot imagine the world without the sun shining.
Today it came out in full force and we rejoiced.
For days it has rained and rained...
Occasionally there was some reprieve, and the sun would peek through..
But then the rain came pouring down once more.
On the side of town where we live, we are safe from the floods.
SO it was a shock to hear the other side of town was flooding again..
NOT AGAIN!!
On Saturday I went to the shops and purchased milk, bread and eggs..
Little did I realise that some people would soon be panicking for these items.
Yes, our main highway in and out of town was underwater.
The two bridges leading to the other side of town, our church and my son's were flooded.
Water was some 16 meters (53ft) above the water line.
Here are some pictures.


And the road tore up in the next town..
Flash flooding caught many unaware.
Thankfully no one drove onto this is the dark.


NOW, the sun is shining again,  and its time to clean up the mess.

26 comments:

  1. WOW I thank God I had never been in one of those. It's heartache you know.

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    1. It is heartache. But the good thing is, everyone helps.

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  2. Amazing! That looks like the aftermath of one of our hurricanes! I hope there's not too much lasting damage and that order is restored quickly.

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  3. Yesterday I was with a small group of our sisters and we were reflecting on St. Francis' Canticle of the Creatures as part of an information packet on Care of Creation. Part of our reflection was a sharing of ways win which we were grateful for the "generosity of the sun" in our lives. Your posting today fits right in with that. The flooding that you pictured is devasting--I pray that the cleanup will not reveal too much damage and that your area will soon be restored to order.

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    1. The sun shine and just makes everything look brighter and more bearable.

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  4. What dreadful flooding! I've been AWOL again, too much to do. Glad to be here once more. Love and Hugs to you dear Crystal Mary! xx

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    1. I haven't been on here as much lately. So much else to do. xxx to you too dear June.

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  5. Interesting to hear people were panicking about what they would ordinarily take for granted. Makes you wonder what would happen if the internet went down all over the world for a week or two, doesn't it?
    53 feet above normal, wow! That's a lot of water by anyone's standards.
    Glad to hear you are still all right, a crazy thing to come home to.
    Bless you Crystal Mary, Geoff.

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    1. Well where we live here we are constantly getting storm warnings from the news on the TV.. The birds tell you a lot..if a kookaburra laughs in the middle of the daytime it means a change in the weather.. Also, if all goes quiet with the birds you know something is going to happen..The weird colour in the sky is another warning.

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    2. When we see the clouds banking up on the horizon above the Atlantic we know rain is on the way, cold too.
      A little while ago there were hundreds of sea gulls flying around the hill here on the farm. I have no idea why, they were just flying around in circles for hours and then went away. I can't remember anything untoward happening. ?????
      When the swallows are getting ready to migrate they come to the farm and sit on the power lines in their thousands, all three lines packed for more than a kilometer. Unfortunately I haven't seen them all take off together, I'm sure it must be spectacular.
      No, the birds don't let us know much about what the weather is about to do here, either that or I just haven't managed to decipher their strange behavior yet.
      There is one thing that I have noticed though, the sound you make when you are trying to warn a child not to do something, kind of, UH UH UH is also common to birds. Some time ago a starling was sitting on the power lines when a hawk flew over, the starling set up a warning sound almost exactly like the one we use. All the birds in the garden stopped what they were doing and looked up, the wild birds, chickens, geese and even my dogs. I was quite amazed. Long comment, sorry, Geoff.

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  6. So sorry to hear of continuing floods. I pray all will return to normal soon.

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  7. Man I hate that for you all - I heard about the floods and so much devastation! sandie

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    1. That makes our occasional flooding seem downright insignificant!

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    2. You wouldn't believe this if you didn't see it. And its worse from the aerial view.

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  8. Mercy! What a sad thing to witness. Glad to know you are ok. Hope no serious lief injuries occurred. I guess that is why we always have lived on a corner & on a hill.
    Have a wonderful eve ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

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  9. Living in a land of hills, I could never understand why some folks here live in the flood zones. Some places in this country (and yours), I realize there ARE no hills.

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    1. Where we live is very hilly. I always choose to live on the side of a hill so we won't ever get flooded. Our town is an old God mining one so I also made sure there were non under us. We get years of drought and then come the floods.. Bush fires are another hazard because the eucalyptus trees burn so quickly.We have all learned to live with it and everyone helps each other.

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    2. Crystal Mary, Hi,
      This reply really got me laughing, "An old God mining Town," but then I thought about it. El as far as I remember is the name of God in Hebrew, so the fact that Gold has El in it is interesting. You cannot serve both God and gold.
      Just a thought, Geoff.

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  10. Hi Crystal Mary, How are you?! I was wondering if you had arrived home yet from Thailand. Like many Queenslanders, I am so-oo very tired of floods. People I love are copping it bad, while where I live is okay. All these floods in our state are breaking my heart. My foster family lives in Cooroy and the storm that ripped through there last week was horrific! I'm glad to here you're safe. BTW I'm not blogging at the moment, but you can keep in touch via email if you wish. Much love, Kerrie

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    1. Hiya mate..I think we are all tired of the rain....and the cane toads. Cooray got a bashing poor things and the worst part was it hit about 3am when everyone was in bed.I hate the floods.

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  11. You are blessed with great faith and a wonderful disposition. As I read your replies to the others, I see that it is a very difficult situation, however, you seem to be handling it with grace. Prayers for you and your community.

    The pictures are unbelievable!

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  12. So glad you are safe. We are currently in a tornado watch which is earlier than usual in the year. Strange weather.

    Keep on keeping on

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