Good morning, luvs! Much to my delight I awoke to SUNSHINE streaming in my window!! It is gone now and black storm clouds are billowing ever closer, but I had it for a few minutes and loved it. 🙂
Things are rather dire in much of Queensland right now with massive flooding just down the road from me. I’m safe and sound at a friends ranch atop a plateau, well out of reach of the raging flood waters, but we have been stranded, unable to get to any towns because the roads and bridges are awash. We’re going to venture out today though, see if we can get to town.
I managed to get conjunctivitis in both eyes this week – eeesh – but thankfully we were able to get to the doctor and the chemist just before the roads flooded. The water was literally only a few inches from covering the bridge as we crossed over! I loved going to the doctor in Allora. I felt like I was in a western movie, wide streets lined with buildings that look straight out of the Old West. I fully expected the office to have a spittoon in the corner, but was disappointed. 🙂
Yesterday my friend and I had enough of being housebound and decided to brave the elements for a trek through the ranch. We donned Wellies, overalls and raincoats, called for the dogs – Fletcher and Whombat – and headed out.
The ground is positively saturated, with several inches of standing water over most of it. Any depression in the ground is now a lake or pond and streams are gushing along through once dry fields.
The animals are happy though. Whombat and Fletcher frolicked wildly, utterly delighted to get themselves sopping wet. The horses are devouring the abundance of green grass, and birds are flitting about eating the mosquitoes and other bugs that are flourishing in this new boggy environment.
It was such a fun hike. I couldn’t stop smiling as we sloshed through endless water, taking pictures of Scotch Thistle and prickly pear, burnt out logs and wildflowers. Even in the rain this is beautiful country.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you more about Fiji, but today I thought you’d like to see a bit of the soggy world I’m in right now. 🙂