Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cyclone yasi

Cyclone Yasi has gone, and at the last minute it veered further south than us, and continued inland for days wreaking havoc along its path.  Luckily there was no loss of life, but poor Queensland has really suffered this wet season.  The bible study I attend started up last night and we discussed Genesis where Jacob reveals Pharoah's dream.  Seven years of abundance will be followed by seven years of famine.  Jacob is put into a position of power to monitor the collection of one fifth of the crops to put aside for the bad times to come.  Maybe our government needs to read that, and start putting money aside.  We have already entered the lean times, but better late than never.   This will happen again, this is the tropics, and it is cyclone season after all.  We have just got very compacent during those years of abundance.  Now they seem surprised, and unprepared. 

OK I know this is a gardening blog, - getting down off the soapbox now - OK I am off.... :)

This is what the sugar cane crop does when it gets pounded with lots of rain!  It will pop back up again and recover, so not all is lost.  Unfortunately the banana crop down south wont recover.

 We cant complain though - the council were out straight away clearing the roads and picking up fallen trees and branches.  This was two days later - roads are cleared and there are piles of branches waiting to be picked up and taken to the dump.  Oh Gosh we will have good mulch next year!

 After the wind came the rain - days and days of it!
 The gazebo had been tied up against the fence, so I washed the cover and then hung it up to dry, but dont know what I was thinking, as the rain continued on.....
 and on, but I was overjoyed to see no damage in the garden...... these tropical plants wont mind sitting in sodden ground for a week or so.  That is what they are designed for.
 the little creek down the end of our road is normally 20ft down  - it went over the bridge in the night...
 No wonder they tell you to stay out of creeks - this was a mighty rushing river!
I feel so blessed that we did not suffer any damage and my thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost houses and property. 

9 comments:

  1. Glad to see you were OK. My daughter and her family in Cairns had only minor damage (just their fence and a few trees). Glad for her and for you but I feel sorry for the people around Tully and Mission Beach area.
    I agree with you though. I'm old enough to remember wet seasons like this from the 70s.

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  2. That's a lot of things to clear/clean up. I hope this will never happen again for you all.

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  3. What an informative post this has been. You have shared some wonderful pictures to illustrate it all. I know you feel the rain can happily stop now, but I'm so envious of the lush greenness! It's so dry and brown where we live after all the hot, dry weather we've been having. I'm so pleased to know you suffered no ill-effects from the cyclone and I agree with your soapbox sentiments. Governments, worldwide, should do a lot more long term planning than they usually do!

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  4. Good to know it is over and that it did not cause any lives. Over here, we have very hot and dry days. Wouldn't it be perfect if only the rain is spreaded out equally? But I guess there are reasons why nature is this way.

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  5. AA: Glad that you and your family is safe! Your garden in the rain looks very tropical and fresh. I am sure they will do good.
    Stay safe!

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  6. I was wondering how you fared the cyclones. I am glad you are fine. I posted the seeds last week.

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  7. Greetings from Southern California, USA

    I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to :-)

    God Bless You, ~Ron

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  8. Missy,
    Glad your daughter was safe, and after this rain stops hopefully we can get back to normal.
    Stephanie,
    I am hoping for a drier weekend so that I can work on that area where I need to remove the grass and add stones - it is just a mudpit right now....
    Desiree,
    When I looked at the photos I thought - oh they are so dark and dreary, but that is what it has been for sooo long now.... I do miss the sunshine. I think we just have to keep working at reminding the governments what we want them to do with our money.
    One,
    arent you going into your wet season now?
    Ami,
    it is all very green, and i am hoping as soon as the sun comes out we will have some flowers. They do need some sun.
    Malay-Kadazan girl,
    thanks I think the post is slower than normal - cant wait for sunflowers. You never sent me your address for the loofah seeds...
    Old Geezer - thanks for your comment I have become a follower on your site.

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  9. Enjoyed your photos and visiting your garden! So lush and green...your loofahs are growing quite nicely. I came over from the Old Geezer's blog and have now joined yours...I invite you visit Theanne and Baron's and "follow" if you'd like...Theanne

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