Our rivers are still raging madly even though the flood waters have abated. There are many heart breaking stories emerging, but here are two heart warming ones:
A farmer returned to his property as the floods went down, devastated at the loss of his stock. As he opened his front door six calves came clattering down the stairs looking for breakfast. Somehow they had gained access to the house during the floods and had been sheltering in the upstairs bedrooms. The farmer was overjoyed to find that they had survived... (hopefully that joy sustained him as he cleaned the bedrooms..)
A woman had to leave her property in such a hurry that there was no time to save her beloved chickens. She kayaked in to her house the next day to find her wet, bedraggled chickens perched on top of the barbecue, inches above the water. She tucked the chickens into the kayak and ferried them to safety.
I heard both these stories on ABC local radio. This government-sponsored station provides a local service Australia-wide, and is what we all rely on in times of trouble. Weather warnings, road closures, notice of evacuations for bush fires or floods - the ABC is always there when we need local information in an emergency. Plus, they have excellent gardening talk-back..
After some fresh air, Rosy went off to the snow (such as it is) with a friend, and Posy and I had a picnic - in the lounge room.
This was Posy's brilliant idea. She made a fantastic Caesar salad, with incredibly crunchy croutons that she whipped up out of the last crust of bread in the house.
Excellent things about picnics at home:
Close proximity to cushions when the floor gets too hard.
Excellent tea-making facilities available.
Quite a short trek to the toilets.
Never cancelled due to inclement weather.
Picnics at home. It's a 'yes' from me. Try one at your place. Oh, unless your dog is much more obedient than ours, the pooch will need to have some 'me' time behind closed doors. There is bacon in that salad..
PS Darling Wordpress blogging friends. Check your spam folders. I have been banished from Wordpressland again.. (was it something I said??)
Tired, but determinedly cheerful mother of four. One grown up son (The Boy), one grown up daughter (The Girl), two girls at home, Rosy (17) and Posy (13). Trying to buy a little less, make a little more, live a little lighter, not mess up the children too much.. and now extra frugal adventures with Partner Paul..