Some of you may have been wondering whether I had floated away. We certainly had a lot of rain but not as much as others in south-east Queensland or in the continuing flood emergency in NSW. My heart goes out to all of those people who have lost homes, businesses, their livelihoods and in some cases, lives. The toll has been tragic and more is yet to be revealed.
We have been interstate for the past week and returned home to the detritus now that the water has receded. Thankfully, this is only our backyard and it will recover. We have very little planted in these areas as we know that it is a natural watercourse and it becomes inundated whenever there is really torrential rain. However, this event was somewhat out of the ordinary and the water remained for several days until it eventually drained away.
Imagine if this thick layer of mud and silt was through your house. I cannot begin to imagine how thousands of residents are facing the massive heartbreak and clean-up.
We have lost the majority of the garden mulch from beside the driveway – most of it is combined with the mud in the photos. A couple of small trees did not survive the onslaught of the water. The mud and mulch will eventually becoming top dressing and the grass will regrow.
Many others are not so fortunate and will need massive assistance to recover and rebuild their lives.
Climate change will continue to make these disasters more extreme and more frequent. We must act decisively and immediately if we are to have any hope of limiting the damage and not condemning our children and grandchildren to an unbearable future.
I’m glad you and your garden are ok and my heart goes out to everyone who was not so lucky. Climate change does seem to be escalating quickly now. Our area here in Northern California used to get fog rolling in every day about 3pm. That stopped happening many years ago. Now we have annual wildfire danger bringing threats to homes and life and regional blankets of smoke for prolonged periods, not to mention an extreme drought. I keep changing the plants and design to accommodate warmer temps and drier conditions, but it’s changing to fast to keep up.
Thank you for your message, Lisa. I know what you mean about things changing. We are having to seriously rethink the plants we are growing and I can see that some crops will simply not be an option in the very near future. Sadly, the effects of climate change are all around us.