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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Big wet’s led to big changes around here

To quote TV’s Star Trek: It’s life, Jim, but not as we knowit.This soggy landscape may well still be Bendigo and CentralVictoria, but not as we know it.
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And certainly not as we’ve more commonly seenit in the past 10 to 15 years.

After experiencing the most Saturated September on record,with more than three times our monthly average, and now entering anOverflowing October which has given us a monthly average in the first week, alot of stuff seems to be having trouble coping.

First, every commentator is demanding we admit this isclimate change – often following by a severe outbreak of exclamation points.

Climate or weather? It’s a vexed question.The respected US National Oceanic and AtmosphericAdministration (NOAA) makes the distinction very clearly. Climate is what youexpect. Weather is what you get.

Which raises the curious issue of the other Noah, the onewith an H.

Was the Great Deluge climate change or a weather event?

Anyway, here at CasaBushwhacked, there are many signs thatnature is having difficulty recognising our new sloppy environment.It has beensoboggyin the nearbybushthat even the annoyingbarp-barpillegal minibikes are silent.

I suspect we saw a few kids go belting into thebushthe other day, never to be seen coming back out.

They have possibly been swallowed up by the massive mud andslush pools created by the illegal 4WDs who roar and bellow in thebushlate atnight.

These liquid mud wallows would swamp a full grown water buffalo.

The native birds are obviously confused. The nesting seasonsseem to have begun early and now fat chicks are demanding constant feeding,even though there’s poorpickings on the soaked forest floor.

We have taken pity on some and try to toss the odd bit offood around, and it now seems we are the custodians of about three magpiefamilies. At least it meant they stopped swooping us.

The new chickens are confused. We built a nice run for thefour chicky-babes, only to find it was partly across an intermittent streamwhich hadn’t flowed for many years.

The chooks are adapting to theirenvironment and at least we don’t have to continue our plans to make littlelife vests for them.

We are confused about whether to be delighted or worriedabout water flowing over the spillway at Lake Eppalock. On one hand, it’s abeautiful sight after those years and years when it was a dustbowl. On theother, how would I feel if I lived downstream and the Campaspe River wasalready chockers?

Our garden is confused. Things we planted two years ago andeither disappeared or sulked into a pale,pathetic existence haveexploded into colour and productivity.

We’ve noted flowers and plants we hadnever even seen before, such as a huge new Lily of the Valley and some brighttulips.

The weeds, of course, are having a non-stop rave party andit’s going to take the compost bays months to digest them.

Who could have guessed that we’d delight in buying a $29pair of gumboots from Aussie Disposals, just so we could keep the chooks fedand the eggs collected?An inflatable dinghy is the next step.

And how far away in memory is it that we werebucketing our shower and laundry water out onto the few surviving garden shrubsand watching the heartbreak of oldtrees dying all around? Seven years. That’sall.Bloody climate change.

WAYNE GREGSON

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