Winter morning walk

The chill of winter is here. It was a beautiful morning for a walk by the lake.

A beautiful foggy morning

Sunlight on a foggy morning
Sunlight on a foggy morning
Beautiful and cold foggy morning
Beautiful and cold foggy morning
Pukeko (red billed swamp hen) by the lake
Pukeko (red billed swamp hen) by the lake

A wild night

…and no, there wasn’t any alcohol involved just mother nature doing the wild thing and creating havoc for us humans, again.

Australia Day was Saturday, January 26 and it was a wet day, but at least there were moments when you could venture outside to walk the dog or do a bit of shopping. Yesterday it rained, and it rained and it rained, our Premier appeared on the news telling us to brace for a wild night of wind and rain, flooding in Brisbane and further destruction in towns like Gympie and Bundaberg. For many, it was reminiscent of the 2011 floods which caused devastation in places like Toowoomba, Grantham, Brisbane and Ipswich to name a few.The Gold Coast got off reasonably lightly then, the rain fell yet the flooding was minor, not so this time.

Live coverage of the flooding can be found on the ABC website: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-28/qld-flooding-alert-moves-south/4486666

erosion at Kingscliffe beach
Beach erosion at Wommin Bay, just north of the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club rock wall. January 30, 2012 (ABC Gold Coast: photo submitted by Tania Phillips). Source: http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2012/01/25/3415384.htm?site=&xml=3415384-mediarss.xml#bigpicturepos

On the Gold Coast, high rise buildings are creating major wind tunnels making it difficult for locals and tourists in Surfers Paradise to get around. In our local area trees have fallen and roads are flooded, we’re being asked to stay off the road and flights from the Gold Coast have been cancelled or redirected. I usually spend my Sundays at a local animal welfare league but after a couple of hours of cleaning, cuddles and toilet walks there was little I could do, the rain was just too heavy and the dogs were better off warm and dry in their beds.

My husband and I spent the afternoon indoors watching DVDs, Maxi and Bundy were also not inclined to be outdoors, they followed our every move and if there was a chance to go for a ride in the car, Bundy could be found ready to go at the front door. We live near the bush, a huge Eucalyptus tree sits right on our fence line and there are several more within a hundred metres of our house, to hear the wind roar through those trees is frightening. The wind blew all night, speeds of 140km/hour were mentioned on the news but I have no idea how fast it was moving near our place, we kept the windows of our bedroom open in the hope that if one of those trees were to come down we would be able to hear it. As it was, the neighbour’s bamboo was the only thing we had to worry about, it had been uprooted by the wind and now lies across our fence and on our roof. Damage appears to be minimal, water is not coming through our ceiling and no windows have been broken, it is hard to know anything more until the weather eases and the bamboo can be removed. With so much worse being experienced in other areas of Queensland, I can’t complain, these things happen and we’re still safe and dry. My heart goes out to the people who have lost their homes and for the few who have lost their lives as a result of this wild weather.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

These ‘green’ images were taken during our scrappy adventure in Europe, most of the photos were taken in Italy. At the time it was Spring and green landscapes were in abundance but rather than share the copious number of landscape shots I thought it might be a little more interesting to find other green things in my album.

Christmas all year round

Yesterday a friend took me to a place where it is impossible not to smile and be happy, a place where it is Christmas all year round, a warehouse filled with everything Christmas. Although I object to walking into a supermarket in September and seeing Christmas decorations for sale, the Christmas Shop reminded me of those we visited in Europe (except that here I was allowed to take photos) and I love being able to see and choose from so many different types of decorations, lights and Christmas goodies.

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Do you love a good Christmas shop or hate the thought of entering a store where it looks as though Christmas threw up all over the shelves? With the year flying by and Christmas looming just around the corner, I have a feeling that I’ll be a regular visitor the Christmas Shop 🙂