Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Escape from the Mountain

The Brisbane and Ipswich flood peaks didn't reach the 1974 levels but still thousands of peoples homes and businesses have been flooded.

Went off the mountain today to get some fuel and food. Mt Mee Road is closed between Townsend and Ocean View Rds due to a landslide and there is only one lane open between Ocean View Rd and Glengariff as the road is undercut. Possibly they will have the slide cleared tomorrow, but it might be a while with the rest.

I'm watching that low in the Coral Sea - I hope it buggers off, the last thing Queensland needs is a cyclone

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Floods - worse than '74!!

This is a you-tube video by Tony Gardiner of the main street of our nearest little town - Dayboro in flood this morning. The rain has been relentless over the last few weeks and has cut roads over the last few days and trapped us up on the mountain.

But we have been lucky, a flash flood in Toowoomba and parts of the Lockyer Valley yesterday washed away cars, houses, whole towns and lives. My Aunty lives in one of the worst affected areas Murphy's Creek but luckily she was not at home when the wall of water hit the valley.  Otherwise she may have been amoung the 10 dead and 79 missing.

It is hard to believe that Ipswich is expecting a flood worse than that 1974 tonight ,with Brisbane to follow tomorrow and Thursday.  I was only young when the 74 floods stuck Brisbane but I do remember the images on the TV and going down to Lake Kurwongbah to watch the torrent of water going over the spillway.  There has been so much rain (we had over 300mm just today) in already wet catchments that not even the Wivenhoe Dam will save Brisbane.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

What happened to 2010

Well the year passed me by and I don't know what happened to it.  I suppose that means I was busy, I guess.  Not going to make any 2011 New Years resolutions about paying more attention to my blog - if it happens it happens.

We did go up to Cape York again in August.  I'll have to drag out some highlight pictures.  While I did enjoy it, it was certainly busier that 6 years ago and some of the people going up there certainly don't have the tread lightly or responsible camping ethic.  Like to leave there waste around - rubbish and human - total pigs.  We had pretty good weather right until the end of the trip when it began to rain and it feels to me like it hasn't stopped since.

I've done almost no gardening this year it's been too wet to really get into the vege patch.  It's pretty much a nasterium patch and even they are struggling in the boggy conditions. Who would have thought that living on a mountain ridge your yard would end up so swappy.

I haven't done as much crafting and swapping either, especially in the later part of the year as I have been very busy with work. Work has moved and I'm back on public transport so spend 3-4 hours a day travelling to and from. I've risen to the ATCs4U monthly art calender challenge (links on the sidebar) lets hope it doesn't fall as flat as the weekly ATC challenge from 2010.  I did do many more that I loaded up on this blog but certainly didn't even come close to meeting the weekly challenge.  I'd like to still make all the ATCs from last year just to fill the holes is my set.  I'll collage them into a couple of image for the blog when I get a chance.  Anyway here's my January 2011 art calendar page - prior to any journalling.