My apologies if you only like to see pristine postcard views with constant blue skies and happy days. However, I am intrigued by the post-storm environment and how all this heavy rainfall is impacting our local landscape, especially the local beaches which I feel I know like the back of my hand, but don’t really.
All these storms reveal aspects hidden beneath the surface, or just deposit all sorts of flotsam and jetsam from goodness knows where on the beach like the tree skeleton and half -pumpkin I found at Pearl Beach today.
Unfortunately, these swollen rivers also carry away treasured homes, possessions, animals and there’s tragically also been the loss of human life.
There is no mercy.
Or, is there?
For every tale of loss and heartless devastation, there are also miraculous tales of rescues, near misses and the hand of God seemingly raising them directly out of the depths.
Or, perhaps it all just comes down to luck, and a cosmic roll of the dice in this random universe.
Wouldn’t we all like to know. Know for sure I mean. Not just have a copy of the manual.
It reminds me of that great scene towards the end of The Wizard of Oz where Toto exposes the man behind the curtain, and it makes all this cosmic wondering all so simple.
Anyway, I was over in Pearl Beach today to attend a novel-writing workshop with Australian author Graeme Simsion, who wrote The Rosie Project which has subsequently expanded into the Rosie Series. He’s recently put out a new book: The Novel Project, which formed the basis of the workshop. I am going to come back to this in a few days after all the material we went through today has settled, and I’ve also got through our son’s 18th Birthday on Tuesday and cooking a sit down dinner and dessert for 13 people I believe. I had wanted to order pizza, but he who must be obeyed had other ideas.
Before I head off, if you’ve been praying for rain lately, could I just ask that you be a bit more specific about where you’d like the rain to fall, because we’d actually like to see a bit of sunshine. Not all sunshine. Just a bit of balance.
Well, I’d better head off now. The next couple of days are going to be huge, and I’d better redirect my attention to more earthly concerns.
Best wishes and thank you for joining me in Pearl Beach in the rain, especially when you could’ve been out in the sun.
Pearl Beach seems a very appealing spot although it looked rather ominous that day. Yeah, we need rain badly so send it our way!
I’m enjoying your updates. Wet, wet, wet here in Wollongong too. The ground is just so saturated it seems like it will never dry out again. However I hear that after Tuesday we might actually see less rain. Your writing workshop sounds exciting. I’m having trouble getting motivated to do my A to Z this year but have written a few pieces. Happy writing.
Great to hear from you again. I know what you mean about soggy ground and wondering if it will ever dry out. Our son was due to go ice blocking down the Skillion at Terrigal tonight and they weren’t going to let rain or mud stand in their way. However, then their leader couldn’t get through the roads and was blocked off. Called off altogether and couldn’t even meet in the hall. Probably a good thing.
I’m madly trying to clear the loungeroom in case Jonathon invites friends back here tomorrow night. Stuff mounts up in here so quickly.
I haven’t thought too much about the A-Z but I might travel the world via Google Earth. it would be very exotic. Yes, I’m definitely doing this. It will be so much fun. Can’t start plotting until after tomorrow’s party but looking forward toi getting started.
Meanwhile Miss has sent me a text from work at McDonalds. She wants to drive home. She’s really got the bug. I am looking forward to being chauffeured until she gets her licence and leaves me for dust.
Pearl Beach is beautiful, Tom. It also has a community hall and a good community culture. It’s luxury real estate and attracts wealthy creative types. There’s a little book house there and I always find good books in there. It’s a real treasure chest.