Friday, June 8

All Fuss & Bluster

This morning we have wild weather, with blustery winds lashing the trees, & driving sheets of rain into places normally not wet. We had a power cut briefly, & so everything halted until power resumed. And here is Leo, in his 'I hate storms' mode. He gets in behind the sofa & hides. And if there is thunder, such as the great deafening clap we had yesterday morning, he runs to me for protection!! He is a bit of a wuss really, though he pretends to be the big watch dog.
And here is quiet sensible little Honey, who takes it all in her stride, & doesnt let it upset her.
GOM had to go for some blood tests, so she is patiently waiting for his return, keeping a chair warm for him.

This is the palm tree beside our balcony, being lashed by the rain. I took this through the window, not wanting to get wet.

And here it is being lashed by the wind this time. There are 2 really tall palms- not sure what type they are,- on a neighbouring property, & they almost bend double. I am constantly amazed that they dont snap.
I am pleased we are getting some heavy rain, & hopefully it will fall in places desperate for the water. The farmers will be rejoicing, & I hope it is going to dams & catchment areas.
Our daughter had been doing some weeding, & a rose thorn went into a knuckle on her hand. She said the pain was excrutiating, & I urged to her go to a Dr. She did, yesterday, as over night it had got worse, & the Dr told her it was poisoned. She may even have to have surgery on it, if the antibiotics dont work on the infection. She said she wouldnt have thought it could be serious until I told her roses can be really poisonous.
She has never liked roses, curiously enough. She had a boyfriend who used to buy them for her regularly, & we all thought how romantic, but she admitted she hated them! I love rose blooms, but must say, I am very wary of the thorns. But if anyone buys me a bunch, I am always thrilled!
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Noise can be an irritating part of our lives. I find it can be extremely irritating. We have a neighbour who does a lot of work at home with a compressor- I think. And clangs metal, & thwacks things, & runs other machinery sounding items. I feel the urge to run, shouting, into his yard & flagellating him savagely with a cauliflower stalk or wilted leek. Always supposing I had one of either!
I have been heard to mutter that if I wanted to live in an industrial estate, I would have chosen a house close to one. I never say anything though, because I am sure he does good with his constructions/makings or repairings or whatever, but sometimes... well, it can be an irritation.
And our dogs are not perfect, & will rush out barking now & then, & we are conscious that barking can be a real irritation, so we are always rushing out to hush them, or to bring them inside.
I must be getting old & grumpy like GOM, as I hate him mowing the lawn, & using the leaf blower/mulcher....especially when he mis uses it!! haha.
I hope you bloggers in the northern hemisphere are having some warm, & sunny weather.
I admit to having got soft, since living here in Oz. It used to be much colder in New Zealand!! But now, if it gets to 15 or 16 I think, "How chilly!"

21 comments:

Sheila said...

My grand dog, Sylvia, a Jack Russell knows two hours before that a storm is on the way, and has to be sedated. They used to get her pills from the vet, and they were expensive. BUT, worth it to calm the dog. I asked at the health food store if they had a natural rememdy, and they said that Bach's Rescue Remedy is very good, and they sell more to people to give to dogs than for people. We tried it and it works.
It is cold here, it was 17c and felt like winter after the hot humid weekend we just had.
I hate noise pollution too. Drives me nuts. Must be our age Meggie..LOL

joyce said...

The noise thing is one part I love about country living. We are at the end of a road so almost no traffic and if Simba barks all night we are the only ones he bothers.
We were in Australia once during a bad storm and my SIL took us to a place where we could overlook the beach. I was impressed by the size of the waves!

Molly said...

There is a huge dog in a neighbour's garden that backs up on ours. I think he's a Great Dane. My son calls the dog Marmaduke because he looks so much like a cartoon dog of that name. The dog is enormous but we think he must have a very small brain. No matter how often we are out working in the garden, he always reacts as though we represent an invasion of aliens from an outlying planet. And barks and barks and barks! i used to love dogs of all stripes, but this one is giving me pause.....Glad you're getting the rain you need down there!

Molly said...

There is a huge dog in a neighbour's garden that backs up on ours. I think he's a Great Dane. My son calls the dog Marmaduke because he looks so much like a cartoon dog of that name. The dog is enormous but we think he must have a very small brain. No matter how often we are out working in the garden, he always reacts as though we represent an invasion of aliens from an outlying planet. And barks and barks and barks! i used to love dogs of all stripes, but this one is giving me pause.....Glad you're getting the rain you need down there!

DubiQuilts - Debbi said...

We have the same bad winds. It was hard to walk outside today. My dogs spent very little time outside today because of the winds.

Emma said...

I saw the storms forecast down in NSW and thought of you :) I hope your dams are filling nicely!

I think we share a neighbour. There's an older retired couple sharing a fenceline with us, and he's always in his shed cutting and welding and making all kinds of racket. Still, it makes me less concerned with how noisy my kids are!

Emma

Leigh said...

I'm with you about the noise.
We had a neighbor who would start panel beating at two am. Unlike you I complained very loudly. He was always sorry - until next time.

Lee-ann said...

My gosh! the weather your way is so bad with cars washed of roads and ships washed up on the coast please stay safe and I am so sure you will be getting lots and lots of that great wet stuff flowing into your dams and garden.

I also see up central north NSW they are going to have very heavy frost even some snow tonight.

I will be thinking of you and all N.S.Welsh folks tonight.

Leea-nn

caramaena said...

My goodness, that's a fair bit of wind you had.

I'm with you on the noise. We lucked out here - our neighbourhood is very quiet. There's been the odd occasion where it's been noisy though, and it always seemed to happen when I was either trying to have a sleep-in or very early morning when I had to get up early for work. Thankfully it's very rare. I couldn't stand it if it was regular.

Aunty Evil said...

Hi Meggie,

I have been in and out of that weather all day today, going from customer to customer. I have been wet in a hundred different ways, my hair has been blow dried a number of times by the wind, I now look like a mad-woman!

I too love roses. I can't resist them, in fact. But I have to admit, if I get stuck by a thorn or scratched by one, the point of entry is always very itchy for a while afterwards, so they must inject some poison or another!

I hope your daughter is ok and doesn't need surgery!

anne bebbington said...

Oh Meggie I know just what you mean about noise - especially appliance noise. The person who invents the silent vacuum cleaner gets my vote for world president!

mjd said...

Hi Meggie,
We did have some wind here in Indiana, USA, too and the temperature was 91 Fahrenheit, which is around 34 degrees on the Celsius scale. That is somewhat warm for early June. I hope that this day including the weather is peaceful for you. Take care.

Alison said...

Hi Meggie
All is well....just busy busy. Helps pass the time as they say. Leo is a dog after my own heart. Just sitting here reading your blog on dogs and storms and a clash of thunder hits the house and my Chalky comes flying in to me...save me ...save me....I refer to him as my "scaredy cat" dog. But love very much.

fifi said...

I hope you haven't washed away...
this is ridiculous!
A biblical deluge...


hope you aren't sitting in darkness surrounded by bits of landscape floating by.

Jeanette said...

Hi Meggie.watched your bad storm on the news tonight,Trees blown over on cars, roofs blown off homes, boat washed on the coast.need the rain badly but you can do with the winds. Take care stay indoors with leo,,
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Thimbleanna said...

Hmmm....I've been feeling a little sorry for you southern hemisphere bloggers going into winter, but with palm trees, I guess you don't get much snow? Sorry to hear about the rose thorn -- who knew? Hope it's better soon!

riseoutofme said...

Hi Meggie ... the northern and southern hemisphere thing is a nice little thought for the day!

Silence or even just the lack of man-made noise is the breathing space our souls need to recharge ....

Hope the weather has improved a bit ... at least so you can get out for a bit .. to smell the roses .. metaphorically speaking, of course ....

Ragged Roses said...

Love Leo and Honey!! Sorry to hear about your daughter, hope she recovers without surgery. That weather looks pretty severe to me. Have a good weekend.
Kimx

h&b said...

The weather your way is truly scary ATM !!

I just was on new.com.au, and the pics of the chasm in the highway the family of 5 plundered into just gave me the shivers. My God - it's like a major ROAD !!!

Yes, rain is good, but how about nice soakings and drizzle .. what's with all these high winds ?

Brr..

Alice said...

Meggie - I hope you remain safe with all this wild weather, and that your home suffers no damage either.

It's tragic that so many have lost their lives in the storms, including a whole family.

Also hope your daughter's hand heals without the need for surgery.
It must be very painful for her, too.

Stomper Girl said...

great storm photos.