Friday 7th April 2017.
It seems there are some problems with this web site at the moment, so posts may be seldom from now on.
I do apologise for those who are avid readers.
Thursday 30th March 2017, Caboolture.
We have had some visitors over the weekend, being Lou, daughter Tilly, and work colleague Carlson. The came up from Melbourne on Friday and went back home on Monday, just in time to miss the after effects of cyclone Debbie. They were initially here for work meetings and Lou attended one on Friday, and both her and Carlson attending one on Monday, so they saw this as an opportunity to visit us while here. Carlson, being from the Philippines, was a little worried about the cyclone coming until we reassured him that it was a long way up the coast.
Cyclone Debbie: It hit Bowen, and district, a couple of days ago and caused massive damage in that region, and then settled down a little and travelled down the coast, as they usually do, and we are at this moment experiencing the after effects from her with torrential rain and flooding. We have not been in this area long and have not experienced any flooding, but I do believe that flooding should not directly affect us, unless it gets just a little higher and comes into the garage, which I don’t think will happen. I would have normally gone to the Men Shed today but was not venturing out in this weather, and have rang and informed them that the chore I normally undertake could be done on another day, and I would be prepared to come in on another do to do it, of which they agreed.
We were also going away next week on a caravan trip to a park near Murgon, North of here, but have now changed our minds. Because of the cyclone, rain is forecast a fair bit over the next week, but Murgon would have been in the path of the aftermath, so it may be a bit wet and messy up there. We also have a couple of other things to do over the next couple of weeks so to save the hassles contributed to our decision. I have also been asked to take charge with the museums part of the organization with an upcoming Telstra Alumni event planned just after Easter, so I am not going to reduce any time I might need for that duty. Not that there is much work to do, but!
Monday 20th March 2017, Caboolture.
We can’t get over the sweltering heat we are experiencing now, well not the heat so much as the humidity. We can’t remember it being like this last year, but when Linda looked up the weather on the net it turns out that it was very similar. It strikes us funny that this year a lot of locals are saying it was a lot worse summer than they have had for a long time, and when Linda looked up on the web it seems everyone was saying the same thing last year. It also seems that it was as hot at this time last year, so I guess we are just going to have to tolerate it.
I have been continuing my work at the men shed and the Museum as usual, and am settling in to my new job as treasurer at the museum, not much happening money wise yet. We had a tour book in last week on Friday, a mystery tour from Toowoomba as it turned out, which was on a day we are not open so we did organise it anyway. The day worked out fine, with 45 visitors that we broke up into groups in our usual manner, and showed them all a good show, they all seemed to enjoy it very much, as is usual. The frustrating part about it was when I emptied the donation box to find the tour operators had placed $5.00 in it. We do not have an entry fee, but seeing we put ourselves out and four volunteers attended, which the museum reimburses expenses, we did expect they would give just a little bit more, maybe enough to at least cover expenses.
Saturday 4th March 2017, Caboolture.
Another month gone by and I can’t even stick to my idea of putting something down each week. Nothing much has been happening because we have been sitting inside trying to overcome the constant heat, well it is not the heat as such, but the humidity. It has rained in very small amounts over the past week or so, but nowhere near as much as forecast, so what has fallen is only creating a massive rise in the humidity and because the sky is not overcast, and the sun shining, the result is only worse.
I have taken on extra chores at the Museum, being that of Treasurer, so I now have more work to do there to keep me occupied. Naturally with that job comes other tasks, such as keeping track of members and their activeness and details, hence looking after emails also comes with the territory. We also seem to be undertaking some out of hours’ tours and I seem to end up with the task of attending these as well as a guide. One of which I have no problem with because it is a Telstra Alumni function, that I would attend anyway.
I’ll go back to the car racing now and persist with this weather, which can’t last for long surely.
Sunday February 12th, Caboolture.
Over the years of our travelling this big land we have encountered many occasions when weather conditions have hit records, highest max. on record, lowest temp on record, longest heatwave on record, hottest individual months for years or on record. Now we have experienced another one. With Caboolture reaching 40 degrees today I believe this will make this the hottest February on record. We spent a few days considering what we were going to do for yesterday and today, 37 degrees yesterday, as we do not have air-con at home. Suggestions like go and sit in a movie theatre and shopping centre for the day, fill up the fuel tank and go for a long drive somewhere where we can run the air-con in the car, but the obvious was just too easy, turn the air-con on in the van and go out there and sit and watch a movie, it would be a lot cheaper, and we still had all the comforts of home. It didn’t actually get as hot as forecast, 41 degrees, but only reached 39. something. We closed off the house to keep the heat out and when the temp dropped to the same as in the house we opened up again to let the cooler air from outside in, and are now in the house, albeit still mid 30’s.