Monday, January 10, 2011

not so sunny...

the sunshine state of Queensland has not been so sunny of late.....so much rain, both inland and along the coast.flood waters beyond belief. we've had our fair share of rain and many neighboring towns now have roads cut.....could last for a number of days or more. water levels are still rising as high as 2o metres, some towns are preparing for their second lot of flood waters. there has been so much water so quickly.

its even been in my dreams.

its Xmas school holidays here and we had many family trips planned, but as they were unnecessary trips we cancelled and stayed home. a small break in the weather provided an opportunity for a quick trip to Toowoomba (a 4hr drive) to see our new niece. she is SO gorgeous. but the rain began to fall...

I got a call while we were there, from a Uni girlfriend who was trying to make her way back up north (they too were on a family trip). in everything there is always a silver lining. we had a fun filled spontaneous hour together. felt like I was 18 again.

My hubby is a weather buff. always has been. he has the ability to read weather charts and know what it all means. heeding his advise we decided to come home early and go the long way home as some roads were already closed. true to form we arrived home safely. if we'd left it any later we would have been stranded.

I'm so grateful that I've had the ability to chose what to let go of. Much clearing out has been going on here over the last few weeks. many families + biz have not had that choice with flood waters taking everything...there is much gratitude + compassion in my heart today.

5 comments:

Alison said...

Hi Nic, Have been thinking of you all in the Bay and hoping all is well. We are watching the rainfall stats with disbelief from here in London. I an sending special love to all those I know in Maryborough. Happy New Year to you and take care. Ali

Nic Hohn said...

No flood waters here Ali, but Maryborough has evacuated some biz.Lamington bridge is flooded....I've never seen So much water!

Ro Bruhn said...

I hope you remain dry Nic, your state looks devastated in the news. The eastern side of the country seems to be making up for the past ten years of drought. We have rain predicted every day this week. We don't mind though, while it's raining it can't burn. Good luck with your new direction, I know it will all work well for you.

Belinda said...

Thinking of you Nic, hope you make it though it all ok. I guess we kind of take the weather for granted here in Tassie we have some bad bush fires but never flooding like this. Take really good care Nic. Belinda xxx

Suzanne said...

I've been wondering if you are being affected by the floods. I'm so sorry you are, but happy that you can think philosophically about it, and that your family is all together. We've experience hurricanes, and had a harrowing drive back after evacuating. We evacuated to a city 5 hours away, but the hurricane followed us up there. When we left, local roads were covered with fallen trees, and I was detoured to unfamiliar roads. I was hurrying to get back before the curfew in my county -- if I didn't get back by sunset, they wouldn't let me in. I had two children in the car, my husband was back in our town because he is a firefighter and couldn't evacuate, and I felt such a huge responsibility to keep them safe. We made it back just in time, and I burst into tears when I saw the condition of my neighborhood -- no roofs on any houses, huge debris piles from fallen trees, and no electricity. But we survived. I could fill a book with our hurricane stories, since that was the first of 3 devastating hurricanes we had in 1 year. Good luck to you and your neighbors.