Thursday, 12 February 2009
Fire , Floods and Frogs
Over the past few weeks Queensland, more than 61% of Queensland has been under torrential flooding. Where I live had its own dramas, the worst being water flooding my street, the river bursting its banks in many places and the town cut off to the north and south. Ingham which is about an hour and a half south of here had been entirely cut off and houses inundated by the rising waters for over two weeks. The above photo shows the river bursting and between the dinghy and line of trees in the background is a road and a jetty. Supplies in the shops were getting to a bare minimum and despite living in the biggest banana growing district in Queensland, the price of bananas went through the roof. Funnily enough we never ran out of alcohol or the likes but many of the supermarket shelves were bare. I have spent time fishing, standing in the rain like an idiot but still happy to do so.
The peacock who ventures into my back yard everyday has now been named, which is Herbert. One only has to stand at the window and call him and he comes running up. Very friendly but still wary. The cats don't take any notice of him anymore but Felix still likes to get in on the action and see what is happening and makes sure he sits beside me when Herbert is there, think he is afraid of the big bad noise that scared him once when Herbert let out the call that peacocks do.
With all the wet weather, there was another visitor to my house. I am glad he didn't take a venture into the oven like poor little one a few weeks ago, would of been enough to for a feed with the size of him.
Take a look at this green beauty. As much as I do not like frogs, this one got me all excited due to his color and his size. I don't think the photos truly reflect just how vivid the green was and his exact size, you can see by one of the photos that his back foot was longer than a normal cigarette lighter. Quite impressive.
We can consider ourselves lucky in many ways after thinking of the plight of the Victorian people who have lost homes and lives in Australia's worst bushfire in all our history. Over 700 homes and more than 181 lives at time of posting, have been lost. The sheer sadness is overwhelming at times and nothing compared to what the people are going through, the firefighters and the wildlife included. Mother nature can be cruel at times and when tragedy such as the fires and floods, it makes one grateful of what we do have, appreciate and treasure those around us and know that there is always someone who has it worse than our own worries. Out of every sad tale comes one or two of hope and inspiration, this little guy was sure happy to have a drink of water, right now at time of typing this , there is an update on television on this koala who has been named Sam.