Early Start

Well, I have been out and about since about 6.30 this morning.  Busy busy busy.  It is such a beautiful day today.  Hopefully the hottest days of summer are over.  The skies are clear and there was a very slight chill in the air at 6ish.  Welcomed relief.

Went for a short walk with the kids, enjoyed the surroundings and took in the view. Just such a nice time of the morning, and I am so not a morning person.  I was thinking, while driving to school this morning, about how lucky I am to live where I live.  I started recalling all the animals I have seen just this morning.  Yeah it’s a long drive to school, and there was nothing on the radio.

I have seen :

  • One hoppy plover
  • One Slobbery Welsh Corgie
  • 3 Blue Heelers
  • One Border Collie
  • One Hawk
  • 50 odd Bouncy Kangaroos
  • 7 Goats
  • 1 Shetland Pony
  • 8 Horses
  • 3 Llamas
  • 4 Sheep

The kangaroos were really cute just bouncing through the paddock next to the road.  Love that…the part where they are in the paddock and not on the road.  On the road-bad.  In the paddock-good.

So I have just received a heap of orders via Etsy, which is awesome and keeping me very busy.  I am doing some beautiful birdhouse boxes for a wedding and a birdhouse wedding cake topper.  I really can’t wait to see the photos from the wedding.  Anyway, gonna have a nice cup of coffee and get started.  Have a nice day!

Weather Update:

Just an update on the extreme Brisbane weather, apparently we received 27000 lightning strikes over the 2 hour period until the storm moved out to sea late this afternoon.  There has been localized flooding and various storm damaged.  One person has survived being struck by lightning and is recovering in hospital, I hope all goes well for her.
This weather event seems to have cooled the city, which we desperately needed, as our state (and other states this week) have endured temps up to 49 degrees celsius.
Excerpt taken from a quote given by:
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said Amberley, Peel Island and Grantham bore the brunt of the extreme weather, as large storm cells “collapsed”.
Mr Narramore said the “collapsing storm cells” did not circulate air like tornadoes, but expelled huge amounts of wind, similar to tornadoes.  “When the core of the storm collapses you get this big push of air,” Mr Narramore said.  “A lot of storms in that part of the world showed this type of signature behaviour.  “That is part of the storm collapses, it kind of hits the ground and pushes out the air in front of it.  “And you get this really, really strong wind – you get this 20 or 30 seconds of really strong wind and then it just drops right back.”
 
The only advice I could give to anyone when you experience extreme weather, be it rain, hail, heat or snow (or whatever special extreme weather you have in your region) just listen to the warnings given, and follow instructions.  Also give a thought to your pets and/or native animals, sometimes they need a helping hand from us.  As you can see when they get desperate they don’t care who you are.  For our native animals during periods of extreme heat it would be great to leave out some shallow containers of water out (and away from your pets) so they can help themselves if needed.  (Be cautious as they are still wild animals, cute furry wild animals, but still wild).
So, it’s early (very early…3 am early) Tuesday morning…must remember to get the boys to put the bin out before 6am 🙂 …and I can hear the cicadas doing their thing outside, but the air is very still, and I don’t have the air conditioner on (for the first time in about 5 days).  It seems that the ferocious storms have cooled down everything and we can have a few normal days.  Yay.  Going back to sleep now 🙂  Night Night…Oh and they aren’t called koala bears…just koala’s, not bears 🙂

Ruby xx

Some Very Active Summer Storms

Around 7000 lightning strikes in the storm that just went through.  I was looking out the lounge room window when I saw a lightning strike about 500m away.  Very impressive.  This strike was followed by two others in almost the same place.  Followed closely by massive thunder.

Just such a crazy storm.  Stradbroke Island has had a large fire burning for a few days now, I hope that this will help them.

Luckily I have heeded the warnings recently, I moved the car under cover, tidied up the yard, moved loose items, and protected the animals.  Do you have a storm plan?

Stay safe.

Ruby.

Australia is Melting…

   Well it just hit 45 degrees celcius…for those of you that don’t use celcius, that would be 113!!  Ouch.  The roads are literally melting too.  I had to take a trip to the shops earlier and there are some wacky clouds forming on the range (Great Dividing Range)  hopefully no more hail though.  And, of course, I just finished typing that sentence and heard the first thunder clap.  Here we go again!

Stay safe 🙂

Ruby

Ironically the above sculpture is titled: Hot With A Chance Of A Late Storm!