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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.

I noticed my cycads and treeferns look revived after these rains – new leaves are unfurling. Yet my vegetable garden has fallen prey to the myriads of snails which have multiplied over the last weeks.

Today’s highlight was that we managed to go for a bike ride in the afternoon and avoid the showers!

Finally a chance to get outside this summer.

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?

My driveway and behind the house is turning into a creek as the tanks overflow and the run off from the saturated soil finds its way down. The driveway to the road is flooding and the stormwater drain is gushing down the side of the property and across the neighbour’s land to find its way to the raging river at the bottom of the ravine – normally a little creek.

We can hear the waterfall roaring on the other neighbouring property even though it is hidden behind trees and shrubs.

The water is now accumulating in every hollow and flowing down every slope. The paving at the back of the kitchen goes under water every time the rainfall increases.

I have never seen it like this in my 10 years here. I am hoping it will stop raining overnight and hopefully give us a chance to dry out a bit tomorrow… The render crack in one of the kid’s bedroom walls has grown wider – I think there is some subsidence due to the high groundwater table and saturated ground…

There will be a time to consider repairs once the rain stops, but I am thankful that last year’s roof leak was repaired as it would have surely worsened during these rains and may have damaged the house.

Thank you Howard and Ian for fixing it for me last year.

The rain slowed enough for those stallholders and customers hardy enough to get to the market. I enjoyed my organic breakfast, bought fresh fruit and brought home a car load full of boys to spend some time socialising together at home.

Some colour was provided today by this king parrot which came to roost for a while on our undercover washing line to escape the rain.

Heavy intermittent showers today.

Everything is so saturated, even my downpipes are full to overflowing, backing up from the rainwater tanks and providing outdoor showers to those brave enough to stand under them.

We long for a little summer sunshine…

I’m looking forward a lot to tomorrow morning’s farmers’ market. A good excuse to get out of the house for a while.

Welcome to a new day, a new year and more rain… well, the sunshine couldn’t last and this too will pass.

It was a lazy morning up here in the fog, a new book and a Chai Latte in bed… what more could I want?

I spend the day rambling about, transplanting seedlings into larger pots, cooking rhubarb – which seems to be the one vegetable really enjoying the weather and producing giant stalks and leaves – so I can make pies and crumbles in the future.

The birds came visiting, my resident Willy Wagtail, Honeyeaters and a few King Parrots who didn’t care about the drizzle that hung around for most of the day. The sun tried to peep through a few times and this gives me hope that we will soon see it again.

A reflective first day of a new year.

Today we drove a friend to the Emergency Dental Clinic in Caloundra.

It was our first time out further than 20km from home since Christmas. We did a bit of shopping and then stopped for coffee and milkshakes on the way home in Maleny.

The rain held off mostly – we only encountered drizzle, but it was noticeable how much the roads had taken a beating over the last few weeks – the road near Maleny is hard to find among all the potholes.

I’m confident the weather is easing now a bit – even if we can expect more rain, the worst might be over. At least that seems to be the message my seedlings send – they’re waiting to re-populate a devastated and almost empty vegetable garden.

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