Thursday, December 2, 2010

...the rains came...and came...and came!

Today was our first reasonably fine day in weeks
the tractors sit silently
the men wait patiently
the silos are only half full

I tried to take some photos of the bridges 
under water but 
couldn't get close enough for all
the other 

That's not me of course
I am serious about this
I need to take photos for you!!!

The traffic in town is appalling
more like Sydney than a country town
as they edge the semis
around the swollen river banks
and over the old bridges that weren't
meant to take these weights

The school children stayed home
the roads are all closed

Tonight our river is going down
but in other towns they wait fearfully
for the expected rises still to come

After more than ten years of drought
this is a cruel way to end it

These beautiful paddocks overflowing
with the best growth in years,
the answer to so many prayers,
are fit now only for feed
if and when they can get the machinery in
without becoming hopelessly bogged

Say a little prayer for our farmers when you go to bed tonight
they need all the help they can get



  1. I have just realised that this is my 102nd post!!!
    Who would have thought I would still be here AND next Thursday will be my first anniversary!!!!
    Have to try and come up with something pretty good for that just so long as I don't forget it!!!

  2. A farmer's life is so full of uncertainty -- I hope this crop can be salvaged.

  3. Julienne, Mother nature sure has a mind of her own. Living in suburbia Calif. I find it so interesting how other parts of the world deal with life and its uncertainties. I can not imagine that much rain to cover bridges!! I hope all works out for all concerned.

    Thankyou for your sweet visits to my blog, love seeing you there!! Kathysue

  4. Poor farmers - they work so hard, are rewarded so meagerly and live at the whim of the weather. I wish your drought had ended more temperately.

  5. Hi Julienne - we've been a bit waterlogged up this way as well. The bridge we have to cross (over the mighty Mulgrave!) to get home to the Valley was flooded last Friday. Lucky I managed to get home before it went over. I really feel for the farmers - drought one day/floods the next. I hope they can get into the paddocks to harvest. Congratulations on your 102nd post - a great achievement! ;)Sharyne

  6. It seems like that's how droughts do end, I remember same thing happening at home some thirty years ago. I will say a prayer for those farmers, and all farmers of the world who feed us. Loved your blog, hope to come back soon.

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with the farmers Julienne. As we are farmers and almost ready to start our harvest, we can only imagine the loss and disappointment.
    Congratulations on over 100 posts and Happy Anniversary for next week! I always enjoy your posts.
    Rebecca x

  8. Why? Why? Why?

    No answers, we humans are totally powerless over nature.

    What a hard way to learn this lesson.

    xo jane

  9. It seems like there has been so much devastation this year with the weather.

    What a good reminder that every time one of these natural disasters happens how much it effects our farmers.

  10. The same here for our farmers Julienne. Wish the rain could just fall where it is needed. Such a fabulous post! I know so many people who think that the rain must be the answer to the drought...but for farmers, timing is everything. Thoughts are with them and their families. Happy 102nd post to you my dear, what a fabulous accomplishment and I am so looking forward to reading the next 102 plus.... ~ xx


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