spinifex: We now have a bad fire just west of Lincoln. Have already trucked our horses out 50km to get them well out of the way and our fire preps have been finalised. 60km Wind is expected to push it north towards our area later this evening.
Nov 11, 2019 17:43:48 GMT 10
spinifex: The aircraft are doing a tremendous job under very tricky flying conditions.
Nov 11, 2019 17:44:41 GMT 10
Chloe: All the burnt leaves and the strong yellow colouring of the outdoors has been strange, a very eerie feeling. Sending my thoughts out to everyone effected. I couldn’t have windows open due to the smoke around today, was bad enough
Nov 12, 2019 23:05:58 GMT 10
spinifex: We have another Catastrophic fire day looming on wednesday. 43 degrees and high winds. And it isn't even summer yet.
Nov 18, 2019 17:35:52 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi all - still away, expecting 43c & windy too. Looks ominous!
Nov 18, 2019 19:05:02 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hit 45c at home, 80kph winds. And of course, to keep electricity supplied to the big city Adelaide, our power was turned off till catastrophic conditions ease!!
Nov 20, 2019 15:49:19 GMT 10
spinifex: Interesting that the Adelaide Hills, also with catastrophic conditions, and many more large trees in close proximity to power lines, has had the power ON all day. I think calling our regions power cut a 'safety measure' is BS.
Nov 20, 2019 18:11:32 GMT 10
spinifex: Had the genset running all day keeping power up to computers, phones, fans and fridges. Spent the late afternoon at the beach ... which was very refreshing.
Nov 20, 2019 18:14:13 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Got my genset ready to go - but, can't find the key-turned the house upside down-nothing-grrrr.
Nov 26, 2019 15:40:35 GMT 10
blueshoes: G'day everyone, how are we all going? In Gippsland, it's "Summer" - 2nd December, 8 degrees and pouring rain...
Dec 2, 2019 16:19:56 GMT 10
blueshoes: SAH did you find your keys?
Dec 2, 2019 16:20:08 GMT 10
SA Hunter: Hi blueshoes - no luck!!
Dec 2, 2019 21:02:25 GMT 10
There is so much mess going on tonight, I think is all starting to unravel. Stocks smashed again, another 3 central banks dropped interest rates. Junk bonds collapsing. Turkey getting ready to invade Syria, US threatening retaliation. Globally vehicle sales have crashed, for the first time ever total sales decreased, India on the verge of one million job losses in vehicle manufacturing.
Another perspective: Anyone remember the 70's and 1980's? Vietnam and Arab Israeli wars, Oil embargos against the west, high inflation, 20% interest, builders struggling for work, shitty exchange rate against the $USD, recession. AND back then we had a thing called the Soviet Union sponsoring revolutionary armies all over the world and capable of wreaking thermonuclear obliteration of the entire planet.
We'll bat our way through these economic and political follies as well.
For me the bigger concern is the effects that Climate Drift is having on global agriculture. That's my industry and I can see we are in uncharted territory these days. I grew up on a farm with a permanent creek on it until the early 1990's. Full aquatic ecosystem of plants and animals. It is now just a grassy depression in a paddock. No traces left of anything aquatic. And ... that creek hasn't been dammed and never had any water extracted from it for irrigation. It's simply a case of the rainfall in that area has permanently reduced to a level where groundwater recharge of the springs that fed that creek has not happened for 25 years. Cropping areas that were thought of as 'reliable' for a century are now 'risky'. We have livestock feed shortages the like of which I've never seen. We again have soil drift the like of which hasn't been seen since the 1980's ... despite the shift to much better soil conserving cropping practices. These are things that can't be fixed by financial tweaking and changes in policy.
I remember the 80's, Spinifex. Bought my first property, 150ac near Casino in nth NSW, in 1986 at 21% interest. Saved my arse off and paid it off in three and a half years. Most younger people have no idea what frugal is.