January 14th, 2011
No I’m not talking about the song “Love is all around” by Wet Wet Wet. I’m talking about these terrible floods we are having here in Australia, particularly Queensland. It’s pretty bad, not only the death toll, but the clean up is going to be horrendous. I urge anyone if they can donate to the flood relief appeal or sign up to the Volunteering Queensland to help. I would also urge you in this situation to remember the farmers. After years of drought It’s been a particularly wet year, and there have been floods all around the country. This hits a personal note for me with at this point in time my family is waiting to have the 3rd flood of the last 12 months on our property in Central Victoria, this one predicted to be the biggest of them all. The last one put 6 inches of water through my grandparents’ house, which they have lived in for 60 years and has always remained dry during floods. I’ve recently been looking through old slides of my Grandfather’s and when they were younger they had a beautiful house with a beautiful garden.
It’s extremely heartbreaking to see it after the water went through, and the clean up has been horrendous (i thought that painting would be fun but let me tell you it’s not!) and just as we are thinking we are on the home straight it is being threatened again with an even bigger flood.
The house is one thing but the floods take a huge toll on the farming communities, the continuing work of moving livestock to higher ground (if there is any higher ground), the crops being destroyed, the fences being destroyed or totally covered in grass and removal is a labour intensive job that can only be done bit by bit with a pitch fork, these things only scratch the surface of how these communities are effected. So during this time remember the farmers, and if you can help then out then do, becasue without the farmers we would be pretty hungry.