364. Sunday 23rd March 2014. A quiet week but…Donnis is coming home…

Monday 17th March

Tra la la. Another day of sunshine.

Another day of work.

Tuesday 18th March

Ooops!

I spoke too soon about the sunshine.

Tropical Cyclone HADI which threatened the coast last week did a U-Tuen and headed back to sea.

Whew! Dodged a bullet was the local reaction until today.

HADI had turned back into a tropical low and had done another U-Turn and was heading back to the coast.

WOT THE!!!

Tropical lows bring wind and rain. Lots of it.

By the afternoon the lovely sunny day was turning overcast and the wind was gusting at times.

Wednesday 19th  March

Patches of rain during the day and heavier at night. Strong wind becoming more consistent and persistent.

Thursday 20th March

Plenty of rain overnight and the roof gutter near the front door overflowed. Oops. We did not clean the leaves out of that part of the gutter last month. Wind became stronger during the night and rain was bashing against some windows. Luckily I can close windows on the windward side of the house and open windows on the lee side. In fact under normal conditions all windows and doors are open – day and night.

Friday 21st March

Heavy rain and strong winds coming in patches. Anything I had planned for today is pujt on hold although between downpoursd I managed to pack up some re-cycling from the garage and take it to the re-cycling centre. (read rubbish dump)

The ex-tropical cyclone HADI, now a tropical low has moved further up the coast and will likely cross the coast somewhere in the far north and not cause destruction but may bring welcome rain into parts of the outback. Heavy rain fell in the afternoon and night but the winds have all but gone.

In the morning I drove to Mt.Whitsunday to photograph a cruise liner anchored out in Pioneer Bay. The camera had trouble focusing as the cloud cover, heavy rain coming in from the sea and the water were all much the same colour.  A sort of gray black. In the photo it is difficult to see where sky ends and ocean begins.

A cruise ship can be seen in the middle and slightly to the left. In the foreground is The Port of Airlie a recent marina development.

A cruise ship can be seen in the middle and slightly to the left. In the foreground is The Port of Airlie a recent marina development.

The cruise ship is difficult to see as low cloud and a rain front is heading towards the bay.

The cruise ship is difficult to see as low cloud and a rain front is heading towards the bay.

Donnis will complete here final shift on Sunday… a night shift. She is undecided whether to begin her trip home Monday morning or stay another night to rest up before leaving on Tuesday. Plan B is to leave Monday morning but only travel as far as Goondiwindi just over the border in Qld, a distance of about 300 Klms and she can stay the night in a motel.

Saturday 22nd March.

Most of the wind and rain has gone although some heavy falls in the early morning but the sun made a welcome visit a few times in the day.

I did some weeding and took down some old cheap fencing while the ground is still soft and while the rain had stopped…temporarily.

RALLYE would not start so I called RACQ. When the Roadside service man arrived he turned the ignition key and the motor started effortlessly as it usually does. WOT THE? He did a battery test and decided the terminals were a bit dirty so he cleaned them up but commented about the msll and sight of some blue smoke. There was some oily residue on the engine block and exhaust. Not fresh oil but a gritty residue. While I was in a fixit mood I sprayed with degreaser and 5 minutes later hit it with the GERNI water blaster on low setting. Wow! That cleaned the engine in a hurry.

I climbed on the garage roof with the chainsaw. Yeah, yeah I know- it’s dangerous. I agree. I had cut the last overhanging branch and stepped onto a part of the roof which was still damp and it was like my old ice skating days. I dropped the chainsaw like a hot potato and crouched to keep my centre of gravity low, scrabbling with my fingertips trying to find a few roofing screws to hang onto. I did. Luckily I had finished the job so packed away the chainsaw and ladder etc and decided the house roof no longer needs cleaning with the GERNI. I told myself the heavy rain had done the job for me.

I found an easier job which needed doing inside the house. I ironed my work-shirts… Well, somebody’s gotta do it.

While ironing I could hear a squawk, somewhat like an injured bird. I found about 6 red rumped black cockatoos in the tree normally used by the sulphur crested white cockatoos. Aboriginal legend say the black cocky’s usually mean rain is on the way. Head for the hills.

Hmmm! Either they are a bit late or a bit early as we have already had torrential rain this week thank you very much! I have not seen these birds in the trees in this yard before.

Although difficult see the black cocatoto on the left is a male and when he takes off in flight his under wings and tail feathers are a brilliant red  with bands of yellow. Yellow bands and speckles cover the body up to and including the face.

Although difficult to see, the black cockatoto on the left is a male and when he takes off in flight his under wings and tail feathers are a brilliant red with bands of yellow. Yellow bands and speckles cover the body up to and including the face.

This male looks like the evil Sheriff in a Robin Hood movie, all cloaked in black.

This male looks like the evil Sheriff in a Robin Hood movie, all cloaked in black.

Donnis called to say she had read on Facebook our friend, Judy N from Dalmeny south coast of NSW is in hospital in Wollongong. We attended her 60th birthday party in Dalmeny in March 2013 so it was sad to hear she is not well. I called Jude on the mobile and she is now in Shelharbour Re-Hab Hospital recovering from a spinal fusion operation and has to learn to walk again. She is in good spirits and looking forward to going home in the next week. She hopes to be able to walk to the car and then walk into her own home. Good onya Jude. Stay strong and we hope you are home by Sunday next week.

Sunday 23rd March.

I did some cleaning and tidying around the house today. Donnis finishes her last shift at Collarenebri tonight and will start he drive home tomorrow.

YeeHar!

I decided to drive to Woodwark, a tiny isolated community of Airlie, mainly made up of small acreages. Some man with more money than brains has decided to build a backpacker hotel on the beach at Woodwark. It is on the opposite side of the bay from Airlie.

Yeah right. Do you detect a note of negatism in my comments?

The proposed development is at the end of Pringle Road, in an area of very steep mountainous hills, populated by people who like their privacy. There is no public transport here and no footpaths and the roads are steep. Pringle Road itself degenerates into a narrow gravel road, almost overgrown with steep rutted and often washed out sections on what is little better than a track.

Pringle road where it becomes gravel and drops steeply.; Pioneer Bay is in the background.

Pringle road where it becomes gravel and drops steeply.; Pioneer Bay is in the background.

Access to the beach is barred by many signs warning you to keep out…construction in progress.

Pioneer Bay seen from the top of Pringle hill. The island in the centre is North Mole and the strange shaped rock on the island in the background is on Whitsunday Island.

Pioneer Bay seen from the top of Pringle hill. The island in the centre is North Mole and the strange shaped rock on the island in the background is on Whitsunday Island.

Interesting vehicle found along Paluma Road at Woodwark.

Interesting vehicle found along Paluma Road at Woodwark.

On my return to the house I began the slow job of pulling down what was a temporary bamboo fence five years ago. We have an A and a B plan. A is to build a part fence or more politely a privacy screen about 6 metres long. Plan B is to plant hedge plants which will take about three years to reach 1.5metre maturity.

Sigh!!!

Tonight, tonight, my love finishes her final shift tonight.

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2 Responses to “364. Sunday 23rd March 2014. A quiet week but…Donnis is coming home…”

  1. placestheygo Says:

    With all the rain and cyclones, it doesn’t seem like cruise season.

    Love those birds! Awesome headdress:) Those yellow sparkles are neat.

    Enjoy Donnis’s return home:)

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    • frankeeg Says:

      It is Tuesday morning as I write this. Donnis may be home tonight otherwise tomorrow. It is raining again. In fact heavy rain is forecast for the next three days. I also wondered about those people on the cruise and if they get caught in cyclonic weather.

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