Dougal came for a stay last Thursday. Being flat out for much of last week we didn’t get out much but I did manage to get them both to the Wetlands for a walk. Still no rain to speak of so there is no change in the water levels. It might not seem like that from the photograph, but then looks can be deceiving , however, the main pond still has water in it. Still it was a good time together and if he is still here, I will take them both for a drive out to the Lighthouse at the weekend. At the end of this month we may be looking after a new dog for two weeks. One of the ladies at the church asked me if I would be willing to look after her dog for two weeks . Annabell was there at the time and she said we would love to. I totally agree since the lady in question is one of the coffee ladies group and she has a Pug called Max – that should be fun.
During this week we experienced one of the consequences of the drought. The weather up until last Thursday was fair – bit warm but fair- Friday was a different thing
altogether. Friday we had high winds – as high as 95 klms per hour in places. The traffic ground to a halt in Port Wakefield area as visibility was zero, due to thick dust storms. We had high winds here and some experiences of the dust storms but nothing like the other areas of the peninsula. Port Lincoln faced winds of over 100 kms. per hour and it was so bad that the power company shut off the power to Port Lincoln and the surrounding area – some 15,000 people without power. The reason was to protect Port Lincoln. The power company was concerned that the high winds would bring down trees and branches onto power lines sparking a fire, which, in the high wind conditions, could take hold and spread very quickly. Adelaide also took a bit of a
battering. As I said, we were not too bad – things happen above us or below us,
In the far north of the State, things are different and the desert is blooming again. The flood waters from Queensland have made their way down and are currently pouring into Lake Eyre – normally dry. As the waters have made their way down from Queensland and filled the dry river beds, the desert is now watered , everything along the way is blooming and there is an abundance of wildlife, swans, ducks, wild geese and pelicans. The water will create islands in the lake where the birds can breed and raise chicks without foxes and dingos being able to get to them. Lake Eyre is 9,500 square klms however the Lake Eyre Basin and catchment area is 1.14 million square klms. It’s a big, big basin and lake Eyre itself is some 15 meters – about 50 feet – below sea level. Last time it flooded my son, John, took the flight up there and flew over Lake Eyre and the surrounding area. I did see the photographs and it was quite a spectacular sight to see the water flooding into the lake.
I took the dogs to the lighthouse and we had a good wander around the place and a good long walk around the point. The weather was nice – bit on the warm side (34c) but quite nice. Benji did his usual and refused to look at the camera. The drive to and from the lighthouse is 76 klms. or 46.25 miles, so it’s not something I do too often but there’s no where else we can go – everything else around us is either a conservation area, or a reserve area and the whole of the Flinders Ranges are National Parks.
One of the things I enjoy doing is taking photographs. I agree I’m not all that good at it but I like doing it. I did go to a photography club some years ago , but wasn’t too impressed with it. I am thinking I might give it another go. It seems to have a different attitude to it these days so perhaps I might not find it quite as I did last time. One can but try. But then I have also changed since then and and I do believe I have quite mastered the Box Brownie now.