Saturday, 6 January 2018


The wharf taped off
WELL THERE WENT DECEMBER, very hot and very dry and full of scattered busyness so that each day went quicker as we scurried more frantically. Now the Christmas bling has been put away for another year and the New Year songs have been sung with gusto. And then along came the obligatory New Year holiday storm, though a little later than usual, so maybe that is why it built up an extra head of energy before emphatically reminding us yet again that nature is more powerful than humans are and approach the new year thoughtfully.

And the Island did not miss out being blatted. The wind certainly tried its best to shake us off our perches but it was the King High Tides fuelled by gale force winds that showed us how the strongest wharves can still get damaged. Schoolhouse Bay wharf was o k because it had been rebuilt through last winter but most of Mansion House wharf has had to be closed - tricky getting the crowds of tourists on and off the Island into the park now. But like all storms, elemental, emotional or physical, though real scary at their height are hard to believe they actually happened when they go away and the sun comes out again.
We look at the debris left behind on the beach and stand in awe

The seas are still grumbling a bit out there
who would believe yesterday's weather?
Holiday time and time to play cricket 

But the Weekenders are still recovering, tucked away in the bush, only their vehicles say they are here


  1. As I have mentioned before, I am so sheltered here that I wasn't really affected - but I did have to get up the ladder twice to clear the gutters of tree debris so I got as much water as possible into the tank.

  2. Hi Lois,

    It seems that life isn't easy on an island... But, it is worth it, isn't it?