Bicycle, Ambulance and Fire Engine.

Tuesday Coffee Ladies.

Tuesday evening is Annabell’s Coffee evening with the ladies. I took her there and came back to do some work on my own. Just before 9pm. she telephoned and asked me to come and pick her up. At the far end of the street there seemed to be a lot of people, an Ambulance, a Police Car, a Fire Engine and a State Emergency Service (SES)Truck, so I had to slow down when passing. I collected Annabell and brought her home. All the emergency services were still there and from my slow passing I could see that there was a person in the stretcher .  All very interesting.  On Wednesday morning we found out the story, when one of the coffee ladies phoned Annabell.  There is this man called Greg. and on a Tuesday he meets up with his mates, play snooker  and have a chat. One of the  males is disabled and his wife collects him. It was a pretty wild night and the wife asked Greg, if he would like a lift home – they could get the bicycle into the SUV. He said no, he was fine and would ride home. He is a biker and goes everywhere on his bicycle.  Well he didn’t make it and came off the bike. Someone called an ambulance since Greg injured his back and could not move.  Now Greg is a very big and very heavy person and the

ambulance people could not lift him. By this time, the police showed up.  What to do??  Well, the police knew that the Fire Service had heavy lifting equipment, so they were called out. Now, if the fire truck goes out the SES goes with it.  Using the Fire Equipment they got Greg into the Ambulance and they were just leaving as we passed on the way home.  I understand from  Annabell’s source, that  poor Greg was highly embarrassed to say the least and the  crowd that I saw around the accident seemed to have had a good show.

On Wednesday afternoon I was unhappy with Annabell’s health and I questioned her several times to find out how she was. She assured me that she was ok. I had my doubts. I may not be a physician but I have a sense of smell. I asked her again how she was and she assured me she was ok, so I went out with Benji.  When I returned,  just about an hour later,  she was sitting in her chair, bag on her lap and shoes on and all she said, was “I need to go to the hospital”. I got Benji sorted out, got my  driving glasses and off we went. Yes, she has another infection and is being treated with antibiotics. It was nearly midnight before we got home so I did not go walking this  morning. However, I did go to the pharmacy when it opened and got her script filled.

Today, as you can probably imagine has been a day to relax. I left her sleeping and later, after breakfast,  I took her to the shopping centre. The remainder of the day has been fairly quiet. It has not rained at all today, but the wind, which started in the early morning and  now – at 10pm. is still going.  We had a call from Flinders this afternoon to let us know that the scripts have been faxed to our local pharmacy. I will get them dispensed here and take the units with us to Adelaide. Thus we should not have a repeat performance at the Hospital Pharmacy.

In a recent visit to the lighthouse with Benji I noticed that the council were doing some upgrade work to the base. I thought that was an interesting view. Probably not but it appealed to me.

Another week -More Rain.

Get the sun whilst you can.

Monday and the start of a new week. Last week it rained almost  every day sometimes for hours on end.  Parts of  the state were flooded and some parts still are a week later. The upper parts of the state took a drenching and one family of four were trapped in a caravan as they were crossing the state. A satellite phone and food supplied were dropped to them by air, but considering the conditions it could be some time before a rescue operation is organised.  However, they are in no immediate danger. The last of  the present rain was Sunday Afternoon. Today being Monday,  there has been no rain

This morning on our walk between rain bands.

at all. In fact it has been a pleasant sunny  day. Tuesday was  warm and sunny and we were able to get out and about. Wednesday,  sunny and blowing a gale -wind never stopped the whole day. Wednesday night the rain started back again.  It’s now Friday afternoon and still raining. This morning we could not see the hills and the rain  started just before  we finished our walk but it was not too bad since we were almost at the house.

Woo MacHoo. There’s a bit of blue..

On Tuesday, since it was a good morning and Annabell was OK, I took Benji back to the Wetlands. It was an  interesting walk. Try to picture this —- Walk, walk ,walk –Hello John, How’s Annabell? discussion: Walk, walk ,walk –Hello John, How’s Annabell? discussion: Walk, walk ,walk–Hello John, How’s Annabell?  discussion. I did two tours of the ponds and the first tour was taken up with people asking me how Annabell  was. It’s really quite humbling to realise how well thought of she is.  Tuesday, as I said, was warm and sunny and it was on Tuesday that the photograph of Benji was snapped. Wednesday  the wind  fluctuated between strong and gale-force. I removed the canopy from the garden swing in case it was damaged, again.  It was damaged a month or so ago when the wind blew it against the garage wall and broke

Wetlands – Tuesday.

the units that hold the canopy on to the frame.  I had two new units made and I would prefer that they don’t get damaged or broken. The wind died away and Benji and I took advantage of that and went out for a walk. Just got in and the rain started.

The family -mum, dad and two children –  bogged down in the Simpson Desert, were rescued and brought out  by Helicopter. The Camper Van remains where it was bogged. It was quite a complicated rescue, requiring organising fuel stops, there and back.

Annabell has been fairly well but she does get tired and tends to sleep a lot. This is another reason why I don’t go to the Wetlands in the mornings – it would take me too long to get back in the event that she takes unwell and a visit to the A & E is required.  Locally, I could be back in five or six minutes. I really need to keep a watch on things before our visit to Flinders in a few weeks. Her Day Surgery is on Friday 10th December, conference is on the 11th – her rest day.  We are staying in Kent Town, which is only about seven or so minutes away from Norwood, where the conference is  held,  so provided everything is ok, I can nip along the road to the conference.

Saturday and no walk this morning. The rain started started back last night and it’s still going and by the look of things, will be going for some time.  I’m really over this wet weather and even when it stops raining there is not much you can do because everything is wet and damp and there

The Garden Swing Canopy pretending to be a sail

seems little point in bringing out chairs and cushions, just to put them away when the rain restarts.  In all the years I have been here, I have never seen it rain so much as it has recently. It’s quite depressing.   Interesting though – most of the people who a week or so ago, were cheerfully saying “oh we need this rain” are quite silent.  I agree that we need the rain, but really, this is overkill  :o)

Mother Nature’s Hissy Fit.

I think they are some kind of lily

The rain in Spain, falls mainly on the plain;

The rain in Australia falls anywhere it pleases

Here we are – the second week of November and it’s still raining. The first week saw my driveway under three inches of water, it’s a bit more now and the back garden is not much better. Between the thunderstorms and the constant rain I think my brain is waterlogged. Benji and I have not been out much and it’s now been three days since we had our last morning walk. As I said before, the real problem with this weather is that it can make a person feel homesick. Anyway, it’s been like this all night and by the look of things , it will go on most of today as well. To be honest I have never it rain as much as it has done these last few weeks-

I really like the Jacaranda Trees

at least not up here – the Lower Eyre Peninsula yes, but not up here. My main rainwater tank is overflowing and the 100 litre. bin I  put under the overflow pipe to catch the water for use in  the garden, is also overflowing.  I have not been down to the wetlands and  I should imagine that the ponds are at capacity but I have seen the water pit  and that is  overflowing.  If this weather keeps up  then something will have to be done  about the water pit. All  that has been done thus far is to dig a channel from the top of  the pit out to the bush so the water clears – well, some of it anyway.

Annabell has been unwell this last week and I have had her  at the hospital, the doctor and for  tests. We are still waiting on the results of the tests. We have also been for  our second Vaccination and we have our Vaccination Certificates. I should have been heading off to Adelaide for the quarterly conference.       This, however, has been   postponed until next month. The son of   the Moderator died suddenly (aged 26) and given the  circumstances it was decided to hold things over until December.  At the moment  there is no indication of the date in December, I hope it does not clash with Annabell’s visit to Flinders. If that happens,  there will be no conference because I am not

Still my Happy Boy!

changing Annabell’s hospital date. Wow.. After raining all night and much of the morning it is 10:50  and the rain has stopped.  Perhaps she is having a “Breather”  before the next round.   It is now  11:39 and  “round 2”  begins .

As I suspected, the pit is overflowing. Benji and I went out for a quick drive to see what was happening around the place. After the pit I drove to the Wetlands and I must say that I saw the highest water level I have ever seen there. There is also flooding on the roads and one has to watch where one is driving  so that we don’t splash up and soak someone standing close.  It’s not illegal but it’s not very friendly either.

It is wet and it really is quite cold. The forecaster suggested that it is very much colder than it should be for this time of the month. When we were out in the car I saw that Benji was shivering a bit so I  got a blanket from the back seat and wrapped it around him. When we got back home I put on his jacket ( the one in the photograph) so he should be a tad warmer. Well, he is 11 YO now.

I”m not, but I will be shortly..

Email from Adelaide tells me that the Conference clashes with  Annabell’s visit to the Flinders Clinic, but it may be that it is on her “Rest Day” before we head for home, so, provided everything goes to plan I might just make the conference -which is ten minutes away from the Flinders Lodge an the Parade in Norwood.