We’re dry

There’s been a LOT of rain.

I’ve had questions from all over, wanting to make sure we’re OK, and we are. Knowing the local weather, when we moved here we chose a solid brick and tile house, at the top of a hill, and we’re safe and warm inside, even if the sloping back yard is a soggy quagmire and the water running down the brick path is ankle deep. We emptied our 7,000 litre/1,800 gallon garden rainwater tank earlier, so we could flush it. It took less than 24 hours to completely refill with the runoff from our 5m x 10m/16ft x 32ft shed roof.

The chooks are Not Happy, but there’s not much I can do for them. They have a tarp stretched over their yard and another over their tractor if we deem it dry enough on the grass to let them out in it. They have a warm, dry chook house filled with wood shavings and plenty of grain in the feeder.

Mouse is happy lounging about in the house until he needs to go outside, and then there is severe Princess Syndrome. If I make him wear his raincoat, only his paws and tail-tip get wet, especially if I put his hood up, but he sulks and trudges. If I don’t, he gets very wet, he tows me along at speed, shakes himself off on me at regular intervals and demands a towel-off when we get home. Lots of side-eye…

So far, the main road into town is still open. One end of a local through-road is closed where it dips down to cross the creek. It’s at least a metre under water. The main creek crossing on the highway is about 30cm below the bottom of the bridge, and rising. Low lying land in the area is under water. A small town northwest of us received 357mm/14 inches of rain in 24 hours and is currently cut off. Many roads are closed, including the No. 1 Highway north and south of here. Which means that supplies are not getting through to supermarkets and shelves are emptying.

All that said, and despite ongoing Bureau of Meteorology warnings and hourly phone alerts, the weather is  s l o w l y  moving away. By tomorrow afternoon, the worst of it will be over, the flood warnings will revert to Falling instead of Rising or Steady, and roads will slowly reopen. It’ll take a while for the supply chain to come back up to speed, but I didn’t wash in on the last tide, and my pantry is well stocked. The worst of it is the plethora of wet dog towels, and trying to dry laundry. I can normally expect wet washing to be dry within a couple of hours tops. Some of it has been on the line in the laundry for the last two days and I’m having to bend to the inevitable and use the drier. Once dry and folded it has to come into the rest of the house where the air conditioning will keep it dry rather than getting damp all over again. But seriously, if that’s the worst of my problems, I have much to be grateful for.

Give it another 24 hours and for us, the worst will be over.


33 thoughts on “We’re dry

  1. Thanks so much for the update…I did wonder. Glad you and the menagerie are doing ok, and that things are slowly getting better.

    • katechiconi says:

      I know people are hearing about it, so I thought I’d better do a quick update. It’s not quite as dramatic as being directly in the path of a cyclone, but friends still worry…

  2. Morning news said Makay and my thought was “you” but seeing as we spoke yesterday I knew if there were developments you would have told me.
    Thank goodness for dryers … as u know Melbourne weather makes it a necessity to have one 😳

  3. I like your matter-of-fact approach. Flooding is a thing; happens to most of us from time to time. But it’s nice to hear that all is soggy but well.

  4. nanacathy2 says:

    So glad to hear you are OK. My thoughts and good wishes go to those who aren’t.

  5. tialys says:

    Glad you’re O.K. – although I’ve mostly been hearing about the ‘arctic bomb’ that hit the U.S. and is predicted to affect us in the U.K. I don’t watch much news though to be honest – just a quick glance at the headlines online in the morning.
    Poor Mouse, he does indeed look miserable in his wet weather gear but it makes sense for all concerned and I expect he’ll be given extra treats to make up for it.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s not really surprising that you’re not hearing so much about a fairly localised issue half the globe away. Poor old Mouse gets pretty grumpy in that raincoat, but not nearly as grumpy as I got when he came rocketing in from the garden with a big grin on his face, covered in sloppy wet mud from doing zoomies in the quagmire out there, which he proceeded to spread everywhere when he dodged past my drying off efforts. Your Staff are NOT amused.

  6. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That sounds like a lot of rain! It also sounds as if you have plenty of resilience to cope with it all. Love to Mouse – he isn’t built for wet weather.

  7. Thinking dry thoughts for you and all the rain-soaked folks.

    • katechiconi says:

      Luckily the monsoon front has now drifted off, out to sea, and the sun is out for the first time in a week. Now to deal with massive humidity while everything dries up, but I don’t mind so long as it shines!

  8. kymlucas says:

    Talk about extreme weather! Glad you are ok. ❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      It was, but now it’s on the way out, and the threatened cyclone seems to be expending itself out in the Coral Sea. Some rain this morning, but now the sun is out. Can’t wait to see a patch of blue!

  9. Dayphoto says:

    I am glad you are okay!!! So very glad!

  10. Marty K says:

    Glad you all are OK. California has be quite damp — OK, soaking wet — as well. There have been landslides up and down the state, but fortunately we aren’t in the path. We just have had the moat around the back of the house return. (I’m waiting for a drawbridge and my own dragon! 😂)

    • katechiconi says:

      We were slightly concerned about the only bridge into town going under; although I have a well stocked pantry, it would have stopped all traffic out to the mines, including the Husband’s truck… and it’s quite an old bridge, and there’s a fallen tree come down beside it in the last few days. But this afternoon, the sun came out, the clouds blew away and now we brace for the humidity!

  11. Stay dry! I have visions of the chickens in little raincoats with hoods…

  12. Stephanie says:

    Glad you are fine! Shinee is a princess like Mouse, unless we get heaps of rain- then she suddenly becomes impervious to it and wants to stroll around regardless (we always say that Random is her middle name!).

  13. acflory says:

    Glad you’re high and dry, literally. Hope you get a break from this mad weather. 😦

    • katechiconi says:

      We’ve had hot sunshine (and the inevitable monster humidity) for the past couple of days. We’re lucky, many small communities around us suffered, but we chose to live on a hill for this very reason. Thanks for the concern!

  14. Emmely says:

    Wow, that sounds like a crazy amount of rain! Glad it didn’t cause issues for you.

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