I know, hard to believe, but it’s raining again. By this time I expect your thoughts are along the lines of “I wish he would just shut up about that rain” Well, I just wish it would stop raining for a while – I’m getting waterlogged. To add insult to injury it’s cold – freezing really. This is not surprising because the fiction writers that forecast the weather have said cold, wet with the possibility of snow in the Adelaide hills this weekend. In Scotland it rains from time to time and one of my most loved definitions of Scottish weather comes from a Ken McClure book
“Fenton’s Winter” where the two main characters are in Edinburgh sheltering from the rain in a doorway. One says to his mate “All this rain – do you think maybe God has something against Scotland?” His friend’s reply “No – I think it’s a character development agreement He has with John Knox. I mean, lets face it, if we were enjoying ourselves we’d feel guilty!”
But if it rains so much how can we tell the difference between winter and summer ? Oh that’s easy – in Summer the rain is actually quite warm – wet, but warm, whereas in winter the rain is very cold, and we have a special name for it – Snow.. I know, Scottish people joke about the weather all the time, but what else can we do ?
The seriousness of the weather is such that the Adelaide central bus station has said that it will stay open all night during the extreme weather. It will provide a place of warmth and shelter for the elderly and the homeless. There will also be food and hot drinks provided. I have to say that the Bus Station has gone up in my estimation of it. There is flooding in most areas in Adelaide, expected flooding in the Adelaide Hills and still looks like snow in the wee small hours. But we have been told to brace for wild weather over the next few days. Like the weather we have had thus far has not been wild enough?
Tomorrow (Friday) we have been asked – at very short notice I might add – to organise catering for part of the army group that has taken over parts of the town. Presently there are about 4000 Military Personnel, soldiers and admin. here in town. No we are not catering for all that lot – but we are catering for about 200+ who have organised a “Show and Tell” day at Civic Park . The bulk of the Army Group are stationed at Cultana – which is the military playpen of about 2090 square km. and that’s only part of it. Anyway it’s part of the main training area for the 1st. Brigade, 7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (7 RAR) as well as units of the Australian Light Horse – so a lot of soldiers wandering around the town. Annabell has medical appointments tomorrow so I can’t help out until later in the day. On the Sunday, we have organised a Cake Stall so that should be interesting. I wont be at that! This is being held in the Stratco (hardware company) carpark. Oh Annabell is making
cakes and biscuits (cookies) for
this, but I wont be there other than first thing in the morning to take her things down to the RFDS stall.
Next weekend ( 1st. 2nd. 3rd. July) we are catering for a big diving course being held out at Point Lowly – about 30 km from here. I am there on the Saturday and I have to pick up a couple of people and take them out there. We are three groups, one Friday, one Saturday and one Sunday. I have the Saturday group. Our contribution to Central Operations will be $45,000 this year – which is pretty good for a small band of people. It’s been a lot of work at times but we have the highest number of RFDS landings in Australia – 573 this year. It’s not that we have a lot of sick people here but if there is an accident or an emergency in a community hospital further north, the RFDS will pick up the patient and bring them to the nearest major hospital – us. It may well be that all we can do is stabilize , call back the RFDS and get the patient off to the Flinders Medical Center or the Royal Adelaide Hospital for specalised treatment that we cannot provide. So a lot of that accounts for the large number of landings.
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I wish I could help you with the cake stall :o) we have the first day without rain, maybe that is a sign that it will stop on your side of the world too?
Thank you Easy. You may well be right because it didn’t rain at the Army “Show and Tell” yesterday which was great. If I get the opportunity to sneak down to the cake stall after church, I’ll have a biscuit / cake for you.
Well we have the rain too and tge polar freeze..a light flurry of snow for us which is totally bizarre! But i am happy for the rain…not so much the fear of black ice ! Rug up !!!
Black Ice!! That’s words I have not heard for many a long year and thought never to hear them again. Black Ice was, and still is, the scourge of Scotland in winter. Never thought of this in connection with Australia. Anyway, the rain has come to a halt for the moment so perhaps that’s a good sign for us both..
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We get it a lot here..slipped on some a few years ago out front and smacked my head on a rock..luckily i was ok but wearing slippers..yes slippers and taking a stroll to take pictures..well kind of asking for it i was ;)
Took years for the Scottish Police and Courts to recognize “Black Ice”. They said it did not exist and put crashes down to driver error / careless driving. That was until a police car, responding to an emergency, hit a patch of Black Ice, lost control of the car and crashed into a street light. Neither of the two officers survived. That changed the law in Scotland. And I even remember the place it happened – Paisley Road West, where Annabell and I lived when we were first married.
While you continue to have rain, rain, rain…we continue to have hot, hot, hot. Stay warm this weekend and nosh on a biscuit or two for us, ok? :)
The rain has stopped for the moment. Still cold though. Am going to make my way down to the Cake Stalls after church tomorrow and I will have a cake for you,although Annabell did keep a coulple of cakes back for us :o)
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Enjoy and stay warm!