Monday 3rd March
At first light each day a herd of Laughing Kookaburra’s arrive and settle in the trees around the house and proceed to have a comedy festival and laugh themselves silly until I wake.
In the evening, at last light they come back and give en encore performance of raucous laughter at some joke only they seem to understand.
OMG! March already! It only seems yesterday we arrived for a visit and I was offered work and we moved into Flametree and then Donnis was offered a contract at Collarenebri and she is now 1600 Klms away. It has been 4 months since we arrived.
The rain is back today after a fine hot weekend.
Rainy season, remember?
Time for a bit of reflection.
The month of March.
2005. During this month we bought our first motorhome, a converted Toyota Coaster Bus. At the same time we had a holiday in New Zealand.
2006. March was a wet month and in fact we did not go anywhere of significance.
2007. This month we did much the same as we did the year before. It was a busy time of year at work.
2008. After surviving a cyclone in February we went, with our club, The Mackay Sugarloafers, to a Country Music Festival at Finch Hatton. Of course we stayed in our Coaster Motorhome and visited daughter Melissa who lives nearby.
2009. We got married last month, survived the fringes of cyclone HAMISH and began our three month trip to Tasmania.
2010. The usual heavy rain, heat and humidity for this time of year. Donnis arrives home from three months in Canada, Cyclone Ului bashes us with a direct hit including trees falling on the house and garage roof. After a post cyclone cleanup we do “nuffin;” Just relax.
2011. I have retired and we started on our big trip – theoretically around OZ – but we took on a three month housesit at Traveston on the Sunshine coast and while Donnis is in Canada, I explore the Sunshine Coast.
2012. We are in Culcairn NSW not far from Wagga Wagga, Albury and the Murray River. We explore much of the area along the Murray River, the NSW Alps and experience a flood which created havoc for many people.
2013. Donnis arrives home from Canada and we leave the housesit at Guyra where I have been since November. We travel to the coast and visit family and friends in Sydney and Wollongong then continue along the south coast as far as Bega. We then turn around head north again stopping in Sydney to enjoy the Sydney Royal Easter Show. A first for Donnis and a first in 40 years for me.
2014. This month will unfold week by week with as yet unkown events.
Tuesday 4th March
Can you believe there is another Tropical Low in the Coral Sea north east of Cairns? It is expected to form into a Tropical Cyclone by the weekend and travel down the coast before crossing somewhere to the south of Cairns.
Oh golly golly. We are south of Cairns.
I am facing a possible 2nd cyclone this year.
I ordered my Lumix (Panasonic) FZ200 camera on Thursday. It arrived from Hong Kong today. The user manual is 200 pages. So far I managed to attach the lens cap, the lens hood, set the language, set the time, charge the spare battery and insert a newly formatted 2Gb memory card from the FZ50
Hmmm! That’s taken care of pages 1 to 15, only 185 pages to read and understand!
Wednesday 5th March
Another cruise ship is parked in the bay off Airlie Beach. This one is impressive and with my new FZ200 it was time to take a few photographs. My old (now damaged) FZ50 had a 10 times zoom. This new camera is smaller but packs more features and has a 24 times zoom. In the photo you can clearly read the name of the ship. (Celebrity X Cruises – Celebrity Solstice) Even magnifying old photos of cruise ships I could find the name let alone read it.
Thursday 6th March
We are now in a “Cyclone Watch” phase. That means to expect a cyclone to form over the next few days and prepare for strong gale force winds and lots of drenching flooding rain and possible tidal surges.
Friday 7th March
I managed to get a couple of loads of washing hung on the verandah and it all dried except for the socks. It has been gusty winds and showers all day. The tropical low is still just a low but will turn into a cyclone by Saturday or Sunday and cross the coast, somewhere south of Cairns on Monday. I made another two flyscreens but it is time to pack things away in the garage. Tomorrow and Sunday will be interesting as the wind picks up and the rain …real heavy rain…begins.
Saturday 8th March
The official tracking map now shows the path of the cyclone, when it forms, will cross the coast between Bowen and Airlie Beach.
I drove to Mackay to have lunch with daughter Avery. It is her birthday on Wednesday and I may not have another chance next week. With a cyclone threatening and predicted heavy rains to begin this afternoon, I planned a trip to have lunch and then drive home again. Mackay, a tropical river city which is also on the coast was sunny with gusty winds. No sign of rain clouds. The Canelands Shopping Centre was built beside the mangroves bordering the Pioneer River. After the most recent extensions were completed in 2011 a set of walkways, bicycle trails, rest areas, picnic spots, river overlooks and parklands were built across the street from the shopping centre with views and walks beside the river.
This was my first chance to have a quick walk along one of the paths and appreciate the planning and work which h went into improving this once inaccessible part of the river. The family and I enjoyed lunch at the Mt.Pleasant Tavern then back to Averyl’s where Paul’s parents, Pam and Jerry, had just arrived in their motorhome from Bundaberg. After an hour of relaxation I headed home and did not encounter rain until about 15 Klms from home.
Sunday 9th March
Rain and strong gusty winds all night.
Still no cyclone but the low is sitting off the coast and predicted to head north tomorrow before moving back closer to the coast between Bowen and Airlie Beach.
Strong winds and rain all day. There is really nothing more to report except the Tropical Low is sitting just off the coast and strong winds have whipped through the trees with driving rain all day. As well the temperature has dropped. I am wearing winter bed socks which I have not worn since the cold of Guyra last February. I am also wearing a winter gown around the house and last night had a blanket on the bed.
We will know more about the cyclone when it happens.
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