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Friday, 31 January 2014

TC Dylan

As a child, rain events would see us heading out in the paddock to check on creeks and dams and water courses, for no real reason other than to see the beauty of running water.


Our lives are so deeply entwined with the weather that no joy compares to that which comes with the wet.


With Tropical Cyclone Dylan crossing the coast several hundred kilometres to our north, we have been blessed to experience the gentle side-affect of rain that cyclones can bring.


With one hundred and forty millimetres having fallen in the past twenty-four hours, we were keen to get out and see how our newly repaired banks were holding up.  Created to 'pond' water, a series of banks will allow water to 'sit' for many months, allowing the planting of ponded pasture, some plant types that provide great nutrition for cattle and will turn otherwise nutritionally deficient paddocks into great fattening ones.


When the rain stops we will avail ourselves of some para grass and pangola runners to be planted on the water's edge.  These creeping grasses will follow the receding water and provide great feed year-round.




The kids were quick to abandon ship, far more interested in immersing themselves in the water than inspecting banks.




The pressure is certainly off for us now.  Though we haven't had a rainfall report from Bottle Tree yet, the radar indicates it has moved over there now.  We will head up for a closer inspection as soon as things dry out.  Our thoughts are with those who haven't been so lucky, a second system is hopefully moving down next week and we can only hope the gaps will start to close in.

15 comments:

  1. So glad to hear that there has been some good rainfall somewhere. I had hoped it would head just a little further south and cross the border - but no such luck. We can just see the edge of cloud on the northern horizon. So for now I will just admire your photos......

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  2. Good to hear, Fi. It's tough out there. We have family in Ayr and that's been stressful! x

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  3. 1. if husband catches wind of ponded pastures and para grass and pangola he will be packing us all into the car and be down there in a flash to inspect and discuss. (all walls seems to have held up really well! How deep ?)
    2. I have to say it seems strange only seeing two children in your photos.
    3. we were the same as kids, god knows how we are all still alive the things we used to get up to in the wet season. These days my kids just go out and roll in the mud like a mob of little piglets!
    4. pleased someone is getting it, that at least its raining somewhere. Because that at least gives us all somewhere to go or someone to buy cattle!

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  4. Yay, yay, YAY! So glad you got rain and the pressure has been lifted. Fingers crossed for another system bring more rain to other parts. I've never heard of ponded pastures so that was interesting to hear about. Loving the water photos.

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  5. Thank goodness for that. What a happy post.

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  6. So glad you guys got the rain, looks beautiful! Will be great once the pangola takes off... they love that stuff. TC Dylan was very kind with very little damage as it crossed right over us. We have had 575mm since Sunday so getting a bit swampy now..frogs are loving it though as are our kids. Wish we could send some to Sharon!!

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  7. Lovely to see your parched countryside with water - so glad for you all. Photos really show it off ...

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  8. Wonderful to hear you've received some rain and that the cyclone was kind to nearly everyone. Actually I'm glad it was really kind because my parents arrived in Ingham last week to house sit for relatives...I wouldn't say it was the best timing!

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  9. wishing the rain was more wide spread but at least some have received rain and that it can actually rain...........lucky you.............enjoy the wet and green.................

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  10. Lovely. Our tanks in inner city Brisbane are full too. So interested in the ponding of water. Is this an idea similar to Peter Andrew's natural sequence farming?

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  11. SO happy to see these photos Fiona. A beautiful sight and what a relief!!! Fingers crossed the same happens at Bottle Tree for you too x

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  12. Fantastic news for you up there in QLD! We've had no rain at all which suits us just fine as all it does is grow weeds on our cropping paddocks so we have to spend lots of time and money spraying them!

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  13. That water is a great sight to see!

    Can't comment on your last post though .... too emotional ... and they are not even my girls! :)

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  14. I had to call my hubby for a look. I am over the moon for you. Rain at last . May the year ahead be prosperous, you deserve it xxx

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  15. Great news Fiona, thats for sure. We have been up Tamworth way a couple of weeks ago and it is (hopefully has been!) terribly dry. Saw some cattle on the long paddock, breaks your heart when nothing but stubble remains for the poor beasts to graze on.

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