The weather has started to warm up a tad and the temperature today was 39c. but a cool change is on its way and it should cool down for day or three before climbing back up again. The official Fire Season will being on 10th November and continue through until Mid-April. When I took the dogs out for their evening walk the wind had started back again. The Man was having some difficulty and after a little while I lifted him up and placed him in the dog sling for a bit – at least until he got his breath back.
Thre are still about 40 fires burning in NSW but the State Firefighters can manage that and our Firepeople have come home.
This must be the worse state in the world for colds and flu and really, it’s not all that surprising. Not when you consider the serious flucuations in temperature. Yesterday it was 39c and hot – the temperature collapsed overnight and today it’s a very cool 24c and the wind started last night when the sun went down. Within the span of a 24 hour period the temperature climbed back to 38c today and tomorrow will be 40c. A total fire ban has been declared in some areas.
One of the things that irritate me is the inability to edit something once posted. I don’t mean this post, I mean comments made. I have gone through a comment to check that everything is ok – and it seems to be – but the very second you press the “post comment” button a glaring error jumps out at you. But then I suppose when you are commenting on a page that has 5500+ followers, one comment probably wont count for much – but still…..
A friend is travelling in the Northern Flinders Ranges and sent some photographs of the wild flowers.
The joy never ceases! We got the tree down from the aviary and out of the other property and that’s good. What’s not so good is that I cannot take things to the city dump for two reasons 1) it’s a long weekend and the dump is closed and 2) the brake lights on the car are not working, everything else is but the brake lights are not. I will have to book it in for a service/repair and hope that I can get it done fairly quickly because I need to be on my way to Adelaide on Friday.This is only part of the mess with the full trailer in the background. I would chance the dump but not this weekend with the police out in force – as they are every long weekend – it’s not worth the risk. Herself wanted to know if I had been hit on the head because I seem to be leaking sawdust- Oh yes, very funny!!
I have not been able to get to see the vet regarding the little man. Things are a bit chaotic at the moment and as it’s the long weekend, most places are closed down. I will make every effort to get him in on Tuesday. I have been taking him out for walks and the other night he just didn’t walk very far and I carried him again. But it’s like the song ” He aint heavy, he’s my brother” I don’t know if I said this before but the little man was a rescue dog that had been beaten and abandoned – chucked out into the bush. He had been kicked and bashed and whilst the vet tried to save as many of his teeth as possible,the poison from the rotting, broken teeth was too much and they were all removed – so I guess you can say that in this case his bark is worse than his bite. After we rescued him from the “Final Cage” at the pound he was in “Hospital” on a drip for several days. Yes, he was spoiled rotten when he came home to stay with us, and yes, he slept with me. Chienne has always slept with Herself.
The dump was open today so John and I took three big trailer loads of debris. How to spend $15 a trailer load. Still the place is clear – not cleared up – just clear. I’ll start the sweeping up tomorrow. The stuff that’s left I should be able to get in the Green Recycle Bin, which I have already started to do.
Just before I close off, it’s blowing a gale and there is a Severe Wind Warning for the region. All the work I did yesterday , sweeping up and so forth, had all been undone. Ah well, it looked nice for a few hours, now it will have to wait until I get back from Adelaide.
Why do we transport dogs to Adelaide for adoption? Why not adopt locally? Ok. Only this week a little Maltese Cross was tied up outside a local supermarket in a shopping area. It was a very warm day and it was only when the little thing started going into distress that people realised something was very wrong. Dog owners frequently take their dog with them when they go to the supermarket, tie the dog up outside, get their milk or whatever, leave, pick up the dog and go home. It’s common practice – but this character (whoever he may be), tied the dog up and vanished. Because it is a common enough sight, no one really paid much attention for several hours. Once it was discovered that there was a problem and the owner was nowhere in sight, the RSPCA (ASPCA??) were called. Not so very long ago two puppies were tied up to a tree 10 miles from town and left there. They were spotted by a passing motorist who called the RSPCA and the dogs were taken to the pound. To paraphrase the words of the late President Reagan ” locally is not the solution to the problem – locally is the problem.” Backyard breeders are a problem and dogs – and kittens – get dumped on the doorstep of the local vet. The staff have frequently come to open up in the morning and found a box on the doorstep with two, or more puppies in it. The other problem is that this is a kill pound. Two weeks is all they can stay, then they are euthanised. I cannot foster because of my own dogs but I do what I can and help out with my frequent trips to Adelaide, but we do have a good number of people who cae enough to foster until a new home is found. Oh but we are not uncivilised and the council no longer uses a gas chamber, but uses a lethal injection. The gas chamber was taken out of service in 2009.
Queensland and Northern New South Wales are recovering from major flooding whilst parts of Victoria and Tasmania are again having serious fire problems. I have a friend in Tasmania who sent me some photographs of the fire in the hills above her property. They look quite disturbing and orders are out for evacuations. I said before, in this little corner of the commonwealth we are relatively free from real extremes of weather, fires and floods.
I find it interesting how attitudes change over time – well mine has. I once looked on my trips to town as a bonus, because the early start to the Saturday Conference meant I had to travel down on the Friday. However as the participants have become, over the years, more and more metro centric ( if it’s good for Adelaide it MUST be good for the whole of the State) and have this belief that nothing of any importance happens beyond the Adelaide boundaries, I have come to look on the Conferences as the price I have to pay for my frequent trips to the city. Sad, really. Still, the dogs that I help to rehome benefit and that can’t be a bad thing.