Christmas is over for another year, and what a day it must have been for many of my fellow Queenslanders. We managed to celebrate with some of our family, and some extended family, with the day staying fairly dry, but overcast. We had our anxious moments, but knowing the river as we do, we felt quite safe crossing for the day and knowing we could return home the same afternoon. This is a photograph I took after crossing the bridge on Christmas morning. The water is now over the bridge. I do hope we might drive in to see it tomorrow some time. We can't get far from the houses here, the paddocks are saturated, the local watercourses full and running bankers, too deep for us to wade through............perhaps tomorrow. The town of Chinchilla, 90 kms to the north-east of us is experiencing major flooding, and every road out of the town is cut. I hope our local grocery stores stocked up last week!!! It appears the water won't recede for a number of days yet. That's the way of these rivers, running through quite flat country, slow to rise, and slow to fall. Hopefully I can get some more photos in a few days.
I took these photos on Christmas day. These are two lovely blooms in my daughter-in-law's garden. She has so many lovely shrubs flowering at the moment, I could have snapped all day. The agapanthus are in full bloom, and the numerous hibiscus are a delight, although I keep wondering about this one. Although the flower looks like a hibiscus, the leaves look very much like a Rose of Sharon...................... Maybe I don't know my plants????
I trust everyone enjoyed their Christmas day, and are having a few days' rest and relaxation. There has been chaos in all parts of the world this Christmas. Thankfully, in our little corner of the world, we are high [not dry as such], but safe, with food in our freezers and pantries. Our main concern is having enough insect repellant. The mosquitoes are on the warpath, and soon the sandflies will join forces with them. I've had to spray our dogs with a home brew [that's not beer] in order to give them some peace from the biting wretches. Even the horse, who usually hates being sprayed, was satisfied to stand still and take his medicine. First on the grocery list will be baby oil and dettol, nothing beats it for the animals!!!! We usually light logs for some smoke, but everything is so wet at the moment, a fire isn't going to be easy to get going. This is why we live where we live I suppose!!!!!!