I suppose all countries are strange in their own way but Australia seems to be strange in every way. South Australia is scorching, Victoria is burning, parts of New South Wales are burning, Western Australia is wet and Queensland, battered by cyclones and a couple of tornadoes is flooding, battered and bruised. At the Australia Day celebrations yesterday we were running a fundraising barbecue for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and just after 6pm, my son went home and got a pullover. I’m not silly, I already had one in my car so I just went and got that, and by 6:30 people were donning jackets and pullovers as the wind became stronger and colder and by the time the fireworks were set off (9pm) it was very cold. Despite that, it was a good and very busy day which stared at 1:30pm and finished at 8:30pm and everything we had was sold. I think somewhere around $900 will be added to the funds. Our small group has contributed $100,000 over four years whilst places like Roxby Downs in the far north contributes $100,000+ every year. Mind you, it is one of the largest mining areas in Australia and they have a much greater need of the service than we have..
My brother-in-law is back in hospital again and not very well so I will be going back down to the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide to see him. I would like to go down now but it will be chaos on the roads as this is a long weekend and school starts back on Tuesday so there will be families returning from holidays, students going back to University and school and people returning home at the end of a long weekend. Not a good time to be ravelling. Tuesday should be much quieter. On the way home I will most probably call into the big Garden Centre at Two Wells and see what’s available. I know — self-inflicted punishment – but I have this weird theory that sooner or later, something will take and my efforts will be rewarded, then I can sit back and relax and count the pigs as they fly past.
Things seem to be going from bad to worse in Queensland and the State Government have asked the Feds. to give Army assistance because the state emergency services can no longer cope. It’s not quite of the scale of two years ago, but getting pretty close. We are lucky in South Australia – we get hot and the temperature goes up and down like a yoyo at times, but really, we don’t get the extreme weather conditions coming in from the Pacific and Indian Oceans. ——–A White Poinsettia – never seen one before so I bought it.