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Posted 27 March 2017 - 11:52 PM
I think that is all we are going to see on TV for a few days.
Posted 28 March 2017 - 02:56 AM
Hey, I love your new banner... very cool!
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"Ghosts are not conscious entities, but emotional energy recorded in matter"
Sir Oliver Lodge
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Posted 01 April 2017 - 12:36 AM
Klainey... I hope that's not your backyard.
Posted 14 February 2019 - 04:51 AM
Farmers that have been in drought conditions for 8 years struggled to keep their cattle alive only to lose most of them when the much-needed rain turned into widespread flooding.
This is Beryl's story!
She was a hand raised by the Websters
And this is a HUGE part of Beryl’s amazing story.....still now, surviving, against all odds.....
On the 29th of January, our prayers were answered and the horrendous prolonged drought of 2018 (and for others a lot longer) was broken.
Rejoice!!!! 80mm of pure gold rainwater fell from the sky. However, our sheer delight soon faded to worry and finally absolute heartbreak and devastation as over the next 11 days; over 32 inches of rain fell over our great and amazing property. This total is above our ANNUAL rainfall - and we got that in just 11 days.
The elements were against us. Constant rain, howling winds and cold cold weather saw our livelihoods, pets, mates and “family members” start to die due to exposure. And not only that,record breaking floods have swept across our great region, killing literally hundreds of thousands of cattle. Horses, sheep, goats also included. But also wiping out kangaroos, emus, lizards and all kinds of native animals.
It is said that over 800 properties have been effected. An area of land twice the size of Tasmania, and, the size of France - has been covered by flood waters.
This is a complete and utter national disaster. A leading Australian Industry has been king hit!! And we need to get what’s happening out there - out across Australia and out to our friends across the pond.
Please know also that there was literally nothing anyone could do.Higher ground you say? Where would we have taken them? Mt Everest? Put them in shelter you say - how do you fit 4000-50000 head in a shed? We couldn’t even GET to these animals to move them.
We are so passionate about where we live, what we do and our communities - and if we could have done something - we would have.
Our property alone has lost 90%+ of the cattle that were living on this property, we had nearly 4000 here. To put into perspective, that is our next 2-3years income completely gone. And we are some of the luckier ones. Our houses never went under and we managed to save our horses in time.
So back to Beryl. She has been living in a paddock for about 12 months now away from our homestead. It was important to us to let her be with other cows and also, to have a little baby of her own.
The rains started and we weren’t too worried. But as the days kept on with the conditions and we could see that around our house, weaners were “dropping like flies” (no matter what shelter we provided or what hay and feed we put out.) We were getting desperately worried about Beryl and her fate.
The rain eased and there was a break in the weather so Jake ploughed out to her paddock. We were pacing anxiously around the two-way to hear of any news. “I found Lilly” was the first call. Lilly is my nieces poddy calf, similar in age to Beryl. I was beside myself.
Nearly an hour passed and we heard “I’ve found Beryl - she’s been living by herself out the back of this ridge eating prickle bush.”
We realise, finding two Brahmans amongst 4000 is no great win. But boy oh boy it was good for the soul. And as the tears flowed Jake bought them home and finally we had them safely with us. And a whole lotta nice was put into our hearts for the day.
The timing was so lucky - the weather didn’t break for another two days - it was so cold - and I can guarantee if Jake didn’t go and get her - she wouldn’t have survived.
So now she hasn’t left the house. She’s back on her blanket and back into Sayos and Jatz crackers. And I am happy my little love is home.
But my heart is heavy. Heavy for my family, heavy for my friends and heavy for our community.
Flood waters are dropping but this isno where near being over.
Dead animals are literally,at every direction we look.
My husband and my brother in law have been hectically trying to get hay to animals that have survived but have not eaten in literally 10 days besides a few prickly thorns off an old prickly bush.
Every single person for hundreds of kilometres is doing the exact same thing. Fighting for our animals, our livelihoods and, fighting for the ability for AUSTRALIA and the WORLD to see what is happening right here, right now. And fighting for you, to help us!
There has been a number of amazing people and organisations get on board straight away. I’ve pinned to the top of this page some links, that if you wish, you can donate to our catastrophic disaster.
To the amazing and resilient people of NW Queensland. I have no words but a whole lotta love and a rum when all of this is over.
To the local councils, you guys have done an amazing job. To all the angels of the sky, the helicopter pilots, words are not enough. The army has also done an amazing job helping to get fodder out to places cut off from everywhere. But the locals - the local people have been and are amazing. They are living this nightmare themselves - but still helping each other.
And thereis still fences to mend, turkey nests, dams, pipelines, troughs to fix......the next 12 months is going to be really tough. And that’s an understatement.
So as you go to bed, or as you wake. Hold your family a little tighter, feed your pets a little extra, smile at a complete stranger. Life could be so much worse.
And please, if you can, give a little to a place that has always, given a lot.
Love from Beryl and her home “Balootha”