Okay so I’ll confess to being a little self centered over the last month with getting my book up. And rather demanding when it comes to reviews *blush* so many thanks to those who’ve posted some. But then yesterday as I was furiously working away on some thoughts a news report finally got through to my brain.
I knew there is flooding and major bush fires in Australia at the moment but I hadn’t really ‘connected’ all those thoughts together yet – you know what I mean?
Anyway I wondered why when I heard the news update the name ‘Ipswich’ kept echoing in my head. Then I remembered with a bit of a jolt, that I’d been speaking to my friend Pixie via Skype last week. She and her fiancé had very recently moved to Ipswich for more affordable housing as they complete their medical training.
Have to say my stomach was doing some pretty big cartwheels as I hurriedly got onto Facebook.
I am relieved to be able to say she’s okay. But their house is gone. The comment that caught my eye had been posted 14 hours earlier and said,
‘We’ve just left – it’s at shoulder height’
Then reading the river levels vary from .5 – 2meters and then up to +4. It’s just insane.
Flooding is certainly not new to me and mine – we’ve been caught at the hut (our cabin) due to flooding numerous times and there was the one time in the middle of winter when Glenn and I seriously began to doubt our survival chances as we got caught on a river bank in a flash flood. But that was, at its fullest, maybe shoulder height. I just can’t fathom the amount of water in Ipswich at the moment!
My thoughts go out to all those there and I know as soon as they begin flood funds for the survivors I’ll be donating. I just wish I could do more.