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After half a day of work we went out to test my tyre repair job by riding to the French cafe for afternoon tea. The weather was unstable but holding and apart from a few drops while sitting at the cafe we got there and back in the dry.

I’ve been avoiding using the car this weekend as I’ve had rats sheltering in the engine over the last week and my power steering was not working. Although I could still drive, I was cautious about what other damage they may have done, so it’s booked in first thing tomorrow for a check and repair.

I suppose rats are also trying to get away from the flood waters as do other animals, yet somehow I have more sympathy with the native animals displaced in recent weeks as with the rats or mice trying to move into the walls and ceilings of my home… Let’s hope the python is hungry when it comes out again.

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This morning there were only 13mm in the gauge! And during the day there were some welcome glimpses of sun. A day for taking stock and tidying up. The news for other communities is still grim, whether they still face rising waters, face clean-ups or face locating their missing…

I woke to fog… and no rain, on my birthday. And while it did not get sunny, at least the showers kept to a minimum and we enjoyed afternoon tea on the deck outside. Even the neighbours interrupted their mopping up actions for an hour or so to join us for a piece of cake and a cup of tea.

It wasn’t the most joyous day ever as we were all aware of the people still suffering south and west of us, where the water was still on its determined way down to wreak havoc with their lives. Yet the day held hope that it would now get better, dry out, that even the sun would show its face again soon.

Overnight I lost a tree to the storm and the rain has not let up.

Brisbane is on flood alert now and more is falling from the sky.

‘Relentless’ has reached a new level as I watch the water creep up to my backdoor.

I feel cut off and it is safer to stay home then to contemplate braving the elements. I feel for those who have to leave their houses behind.

My driveway has turned into a river ford I am reluctant to cross. My only lifeline to the outside world is the internet and the news – well, our TV reception is bad at the best of times, and terrible in this relentless rain, but the internet may not be fast here, but at least it makes me feel as if I am not alone in this.

And it is always good to be thankful we are still dry. My neighbour’s basement has been flooding since yesterday. The water is pushing through the walls during each heavy shower… We still wait for the rain to stop.

Today I emptied 226mm from the rain gauge.

When will it stop?

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