Friday, February 04, 2011

The Sky is Crying

The Sky is Crying, look at the tears rolling down the street
a blues song by Elmore James.

I discovered Elmore James through John Mayall an English Blues enthusiast, and Eric Clapton. Why have I started this post with a blues song - Well, its true, the sky has been crying all down the east coast of Australia.

We were warned here in Victoria of a very wet weekend - it came early. As I was reading blogs, the rain came at 5.30 pm on this Friday night.
Let me say this is miniscule compared to what our northern neighbours have had to experience.
Over the 30 years that we have lived here, we have experienced our street becoming a small river once, maybe twice before and it was fun for our boys when they were in their pre-teen years. A swimming pool outside your front door can be exciting.
As I write this another bucket load is being emptied on our street.

This is at the end of our street - it's not the first time.

This is directly outside our home. Our house is a grand old lady built in 1929. She's sturdy and sits on good foundations. She lifted her skirts and so all is well.

Last night while watching the news, I was astounded by the level of destruction that Queensland is once again being hit by. Our Prime Minister has announced a flood levy on our taxes to help the needy. Our opposition oppose it. I guess that's what oppositions do, but when devistation hits your country, why do they try to take politcal points. This is not a basketball game. It's people in need!!!!

You can see the eye of Cyclone Yasi on the coasy of northern Queensland.

Up north, the cyclone tossed yachts around like cork tops.

From this news picture, it shows that our state of Victoria is in for a very wet weekend which started from the time I arrived in the door from work tonight.
 Anyway, on a lighter note, if we can have one that is, we love the rain. It fills the dams, it sounds good on the roof. Reminds me of the Lovin Spoonful song, "Rain on the Roof" but while we down south have a minor rainstorm, a thought needs to go to those who've lost homes and belongings with cyclone Yasi.


  1. It's terrible, I hardly know what to say except that my heart goes out to those affected by the floods and the cyclone. I'm so glad you're safe.

  2. I have been following the news and it does not sound good. I think of what Brisbane and Cairns were like when we visited, I am sure it does not look much the same now, so very sad. Hope that the water stays out of your home, my thoughts are with you all over there in Ozz. Are you still cycling???

    Our family in Sydney seems to be clear of problems at the moment but as things are I wonder what to expect next.

    Take care, Diane

  3. Jean - yes, I wonder if Queenslanders think. "what have we done to deserve all of this". They are a hardy lot and rebuilding with government and community funds will see them emerge strongly.
    I went down to the beach today and it has changed from blue to brown due to the storm here on Friday and Saturday.

  4. Diane,
    How long ago did you visit Australia. Family in Sydney as well? It seems that our fellow blogger and readers have family scattered around Oz and I've now discovered you have as well. Its a nice place to be.
    In regard to cycling, we are fortunate to have an Indoor Velodrome and we were racing all day Saturday while it was raining most of the day.

  5. It certainly has sounded to us as though Australia has not had much of a summer this year! What weather and it seems as though even where you are you have had more than enough rain.
    Take Care.

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