Floods and cyclonic winds

You may recall it was only a few days ago that I was rejoicing in our first heavy rainfall for ages.

If you have been watching the news, even as far away as the UK, you will know that Queensland is now in the grip of the most terrible floods. Especially Bundaberg which is experiencing the worst flooding for a century we are told.

Brisbane has been buffeted by winds so strong, the tail end of a cyclone from up north. We already have flooding in suburbs around Brisbane and the Brisbane river is expected to reach it’s peak at lunch time tomorrow (Tuesday) and then again at lunch time on Wednesday.

Many Queenslanders are really suffering from the effects of this severe weather with loss-of-life and many homes and businesses already under water.

In the scheme of things, what I’m going to show you is hardly worth mentioning.

Our front wall blew over.

I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your wall down

I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your wall down

My neighbour Heather and I were worried about the danger of these bricks spreading over the footpath and perhaps tripping someone over. (Mind you there are trees falling down all over Brisbane.)

Anyway, us two old girls (sorry Heather, I know you can give me 20 years) set to and got stuck into the job. We were happy enough humping the bricks until two strapping young lads who live in one of our units stepped round us and carried on without a backwards glance.

Which brings me to the point  ….. is there anyone out there with a very big soldering iron?  We know which unit they live in and we’ll be welding their mail box SHUT !

Here is the finished job, mail boxes ready for business until we can get the builders out. A bit like those old movies “the mail will get through”.  All we are waiting for now is somebody to pinch our mail boxes. But we’ll know where to track them down. At least the police will know their address begins with “306”.

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If you live in Queensland, or further south – the coastal regions are all being affected – stay safe.

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 16:14:36

    Glad that you’re safe Jean. My goodness that wall must have gone over with an almighty thud! How disappointing to read of the behaviour of those young men…shame on them!

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  2. livingsimplyfree
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 16:31:45

    Jean, I hope you suffer no further damage from the storm. It’s really amazing how the weather swings from one extreme to the other, here in my corner of the US we are experiencing such strange weather patterns, we have days of below freezing only to find ourselves in the middle of spring like temperatures and then immediately back below freezing. It’s crazy, but nothing here like what you are having. Take care of yourself and I hope you find a way to weld those boys’ mailbox!

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Jan 28, 2013 @ 16:44:08

      We’ve had the most amazing weather patterns. Just a couple of weeks ago we had heatwave conditions, and raging bush fires further south. Now the floods. For a little while this afternoon the wind dropped and the sun came out, it’s crazy.
      Thank you for your kind words. Gotta dash – must get out my welding iron!

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  3. Mark Willis
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 19:02:38

    Glad to hear that damage to your property has been releatively light. The trials and tribulations of the Australian weather have been top news recently, even here in the UK. We have seen footage of some pretty dramatic rescue operations. Everything in Oz is on a big scale, isn’t it?

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  4. MrsYub
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 19:49:33

    How, that is pretty full on, your brick wall blowing over like that, but I must say, what PRAT’s to just walk around you like that!! Should have piled all those bricks up in front of their door with a note saying, ‘I know you won’t mind, you’ll just go around them!’!! Grr, grr!!
    Nice new mail boxes 🙂 Will some one be taking the old bricks away?
    Stay safe, Jean, I don’t want to hear news of you being blown away, k?

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Jan 28, 2013 @ 20:48:17

      Hi Mrs Yub. They are the original mail boxes that blew over. We just cleared all the old bricks off them and stood them up, at least the chap can deliver the mail then tomorrow. Hope they don’t blow down again with nothing to hold the mail boxes down, they are just propped up. We’ll get the builders out to rebuild the wall and take the old bricks away, but it might take a while to get a tradesman out with all that is going on.
      I had to crack a smile at your description of those two ‘wastes of space’. Ha ha. I’ll try not to get blown away !

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  5. Anna B
    Jan 28, 2013 @ 22:46:13

    Sorry to hear about your wall. I hope it all blows over soon – pardon the pun! Take care : )

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  6. narf77
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 04:10:44

    Queensland is really copping it now…first bushfires over most of Eastern Australia and now the worst floods ever in Queensland…and people are still questioning global warming? So glad to see that you are safe Jean…I have 2 soldering irons but the best revenge is to put a fish in their mailbox just after dark on a nice hot Queensland night ;). Better still…eat the fish and post the gizzards! 😉

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  7. Shirley The Making of Paradises
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 08:37:17

    Morning Jean, Just trying to find a way of forwarding you info on the Garden/Sustainable Gardening Group you asked for info on. I have the latest News Letter can email it to you but can’t find any contact details.

    Shirley http://themakingofparadise.blogspot.com.au/

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  8. allotment21
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 20:53:16

    Hi Jean, have seen the terrible pictures on BBC – stay safe!

    Allotment21

    Reply

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