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Rain Gauge overflowed.

A day of heavy rain brought down a couple of heavy branches over my  road access and overflowed the rain gauges. But this morning, as the sun tries to break through the remaining cloud, the birds are everywhere with the whip birds darting through the gardens. Finches, yellow breasted robins, honey eaters, kookaburras, currawongs, brown pigeons, wongas, satin bower birds……………..all taking advantage of the abundant insect food source.

The creeks finally getting a flushing.  I wonder where all the poisoned coral trees, which have fallen into the creek over the last 2 years, end up. I cleared a public road causeway of palm fronds blocking the pipes and my causeway of branches. I enjoy doing this chore as the water is freed and the roadways clear of running water.

This morning on the news an item that said its too late for the Great Barrier Reef due to global warming and all the pesticides we pour into the ocean won’t make any difference. What they failed to say, like the particles of plastic now turning up in fish at the fish markets, is the human made chemicals that are proven to be having a massive impact on all marine life.

If there is a chance for evolution to keep pace, its up to us to change our land practices and start to eat what is produce locally, not what is sourced globally.

As well, its about us, as individuals, to cut our energy use.

Rain soaked days mean I listen to radio more and after yesterday, hearing the politicians on energy and Australia selling most of our LPG to overseas buyers, its no wonder the average citizen wonders why we even have politicians when the actual determinations are made by a CEO of a company. Usually too, with the information of what is really happening never getting out to ordinary people.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/mar/16/turnbull-2bn-snowy-hydro-electric-expansion

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/video/2017/mar/16/jay-weatherill-gives-josh-frydenberg-a-serve-at-bizarre-media-conference-video

Fake news indeed and when the bankers rule what little hope is there for the planet’s environment.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-16/nz-whanganui-river-gets-legal-status-as-person-after-170-years/8358434

 

Our precious Great Barrier Reef is in crisis. Severe coral bleaching has returned for the second year in a row. The Queensland Premier should be here tackling the Reef emergency, not in India promoting a dirty new coal mine. Tell her to come home and fight for our Reef.
Donald,

For the second year in a row, severe coral bleaching has returned to our Great Barrier Reef. Surveys just released by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority show severe bleaching on offshore reefs from Cairns to Ingham – threatening life on the Reef and tourism jobs.

Where is Queensland’s Premier while our Reef is in crisis? In India with Mr Adani, promoting a dirty new coal mine for Queensland. 

Our precious Great Barrier Reef is in crisis. Severe coral bleaching has returned for the second year in a row. The Queensland Premier should be here tackling the Reef emergency, not in India promoting a dirty new coal mine. Tell her to come home and fight for our Reef.

 

 

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Turmeric plus.

Tree boughs crashing to the ground and having to be removed due to one blocking access. And the beginning of my struggle with the chain-saw. I think I need lessons in how to start a chain-saw as it took me ages to get the bloody thing started. But eventually it did and I spent 4 hours sawing and removing heaps of creepers and very heavy green wood. In a recent essay I read, by William Laurance, he writes of creepers or vines as being the flashy junk bond traders while the standing older trees being old money, deeply rooted, growing slowly, investing in producing heavy trunks and branches, supporting leaves which provide cover and homes for a multitude of life. The vines twist around dead and living wood and in time pulling the limb down by their sheer weight and grip. But in the vines I found remnants of many birds nests.
Job well done which saw me ending up enjoying using the chain saw and understanding why some men just love using them.

Turmeric in abundance ready for harvest.
turmeric-harvesting
Turmeric’s earliest record is from Assyria in about 600 BC, arriving into Europe pre the Middle Ages where it was known as Indian Saffron because it was used as a dye as well as in some cooking. Lots of health benefits now spruiked for its rhizomes but I use it sparingly in my stir fries.
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Sad week for Nepal and its an effort to sift through all the requests for donations.

Also our media has been saturated with the Bali executions. I can’t imagine what those poor individuals suffered in the on/off dates given but lets not forget many other countries (58) still execute and we are formalizing closer relationships with them. Iran and Saudi Arabia and the US and China come to mind….. countries too where gay people are thrown off buildings and if they don’t die from the fall, are stoned to death by the baying crowd.

Finally, impressive NZ ( Aotearoa ) energy progress.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11441214

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