A very happy New Year to all our friends and followers.
Unfortunately, it has not been a good start to 2018 for us: a violent thunderstorm on New Year’s Day brought down a huge oak tree on our boundary fence. Fortunately no animals were in the paddock at the time, but it took us an entire day to remove the debris and repair the damage. This is one of a belt of trees (mostly noxious plants) almost 200 metres long growing on the council “nature”strip outside our fence. Repeated requests to the council, over many years, to remove them have fallen on deaf ears. Now they are so out of control that almost every time we have a bad storm one falls on our fence (three times last year alone).
Can lightning strike in the same place twice? On January 2, it literally did for us: another destructive storm tore trees apart and dumped so much rain and hail that we have had to close the property to visitors for three days. The same storm devastated our nearest township, Maclean, with the main street looking like a bomb site.
We can only hope for better days ahead …