I had intended to witter on about summer – or the lack thereof – share the odd occasions we had sun during our beach holiday – chat about salads – and maybe even how inspiring I find persian rugs.  I know, strange combination.

summer-salad

[ above blurry photo is intended to serve as proof that there was something happening today in Bootville, apart from watching the telly ]

But instead,  we’ve spent most of the afternoon and all of the evening glued to the television watching the ABC’s coverage of the dreadful, dreadful, horrible, terrifying flood crisis that is literally engulfing south east Queensland and my home town of Brisbane.  Yes, Brisbane to which my Mum and Abby returned on Sunday.  We’ve chatted SO many times today and currently, whilst many other Queenslanders are experiencing horrendous circumstances and some poor souls have even lost their lives, both Mum and Abby are fine.  They are both in suburbs predicted to be affected by the floods – Mum’s at home in Kangaroo Point and Abby’s across the way in South Brisbane staying with friends.  And whilst large tracts of these suburbs will undoubtedly disappear under the muddy, torrid waters of the Brisbane River – and parts already have – both Mum’s house and Abby’s friend’s house are situated up high on hills.  The water would have to be CATASTROPHICALLY high to reach them.

In a moment of doubt, Mum rang the old upholsterer who lived across the street for 60 years to see whether he’d experienced water down their street and he hadn’t.  And if it becomes a risk, they will simply head up to school (high on a hill in a seven storey building) and pretend they are boarders until the waters subside.  But – holy moly – what a terrible thing.  For so many years now, the powers that be in South East Queensland have waxed on lyrically and smugly about the flood proofness of Brisbane – you know, like that boat that could never sink.  And during this long and poetic song,  the same troubadours/officials have approved the building of thousands of homes in low lying, riverside areas ignored by earlier, far more sensible generations of Brisbanites who understood that you may never take Mother Nature or the Brisbane River for granted.  I foresee lots of angry people with their very expensive houses very wet.

And we are talking about a city that just a few years ago, had only 16% water capacity in its dam (same dam that was going to save Brisbane from floods and is now holding 193% capacity) and rigorous, depressing water restrictions.  It’s a contrary world we live in.

Oh and Mum’s eye – not so good.  It seems that the silicone scleral buckle holding her retina to her eye has pushed through the eye on the left side.  Ouch!  And poor Mum’s going in for the fourth round of eye surgery on Thursday.  That’s if she can of course.  Who knows where the apocalyptic waters of South East Queensland will be by then.  Positive side of this continuing eye dilemna – despite the prosthesis protruding – which is a recipe for infection – we have been so rigorous and diligent with the drop administering that all else is fine and there is no infection.  Cheers for that huh!

As for us here in Melbourne.  We’ve watched the handsome young news presenter tell us the same story over and over and over again for the last several hours.  And whilst he’s doing a marvellous job, we’ve had enough for now.  I’m sure there’ll be more news in the morning.

sorry, but we are glued to the telly

12 thoughts on “sorry, but we are glued to the telly

  • January 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm
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    Sending out prayers to your people in the flood zone. Floods are so devastating. We are still rebuilding here in the USA over floods that happened years ago.

  • January 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm
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    Lily, I am so pleased to read that your family is alright. I kept missing the tv news and forced my dearest to stay up until the very latest ones last night just to see what was happening.

  • January 11, 2011 at 10:12 pm
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    Thinking of our dear neighbours up in Queensland and praying for the water to not go as high as predicted. I will pray for your Mum’s eye as well.
    Blessings Gail

  • January 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm
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    What a terrifying ordeal everyone in Queensland is going through at the moment – it’s good to hear your family is safe and well. It’s such an injustice that authorities allow low-cost housing to be built on floodplains, turning their backs on wisdom that has seen those areas avoided for residences.

    Here’s hoping the waters subside soon, and those that are missing are found safe and well.

  • January 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm
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    What a terrifying ordeal everyone in Queensland is going through at the moment – it’s good to hear your family is okay. It’s such an injustice that authorities allow low-cost housing to be built on floodplains, turning their backs on wisdom that has seen those areas avoided for residences.

    Here’s hoping the waters subside soon, and those that are missing are found safe and well.

  • January 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm
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    sending prayers your way – we had ‘apocalyptic’ floods here in Tennessee last year – AND I had to be out in the rain to staff the students’ dental boards on a Saturday. Many friends houses that never should have been under water WERE under water and then the rains traveled to Nashville the day after and wrecked havoc on even more people. Certainly not the loss of life that au has experienced and it’s been so awful to watch on the news. Glad your ‘loves’ are staying safe. will continue to pray that things will settle back down soon!

  • January 12, 2011 at 12:03 am
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    I was wondering about your Mum, Lily, not knowing Abby was there too :(

    It is just sooo very awful to see, to imagine being caught in the flooding and to see your beautiful home and garden destroyed.

    Hope Mum’s surgery goes ahead tomorrow and that it is finally fixed,

    Sending warmth and support,
    Sue Caissy

  • January 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm
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    Oh Lily, I am so sorry to see all those news from floods in Australia! It is terrible. So many people loose eveything they own and even worse that people disappear. It is good to hear your mother is better now.

  • January 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm
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    Hi Lily,
    The floods in Brisbane are horrific. It’s so good to hear that your mum and daughter are doing fine. I’ll continue to hold your mum and her eye situation in my thoughts and prayers and hope that everything in Brisbane will calm down in the near future. I feel so badly about the loss of life and just the sheer upheaval of it all. Be well friend.

  • January 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm
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    I’ve been watching on our news and thinking about Brisbane. Abby is certainly having a soggy holiday.

    I’ll be thinking about your mum and her surgery. Hope all goes well.
    Michelle

  • January 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm
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    Lily, so sorry to hear the sad news.. glad to know that Abby and your mom are safe. Warm wishes to your mum. I hope the surgery is right on schedule. Hugs.

  • January 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm
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    I’m pleased to hear that you and your family are safe. It’s terrible to hear all the bad news from the flooded areas.

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