Australia, A Land Of Drought And Flooding Rains


Rambling On… 18 March 2022.

The past couple of weeks, hell the last couple of years really, has reminded me of a famous poem here in Australia, My Country – I Love A Sunburnt Country, written by Dorothea Mackellar. The following line truly sums up the sheer devastation we endure living in Australia.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains.
But she finishes the poem with a testament to how we are also lucky to live in this amazing paradise of diversity.


Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold –
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

Look up this amazing poem, My Country – I Love A Sunburnt Country, by Dorothea Mackellar. You will feel Australia.

We’re safe from the devastating floods but so many others aren’t. The downpours which happened for days in Queensland and New South Wales have killed people and destroyed so many homes.
My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones, their homes, their possessions.

Australians have banded together and given to charities to help out.
And some say there is no climate change or global warming.

The proof is in our changing weather, the devastating bushfires, floods, and other things going on around the world.

I hope we’re not too late to help our environment recover and heal by lowering our carbon footprint as much as possible.

My son came home from work the other night in a mood and before I could ask him what was wrong, he told us that someone had swiped his car in the car park while he was working. Thankfully, the person was honest, left a note under his wiper blade with all her contact details and he called her the next day.

He also knows her well since she’s a regular customer at his place of work. She apologized to him, gave my son all her insurance details and my son has organized for the repairs to be done next week.

He’s also insured and though he will be without a car for a time, his insurance policy allows him to have a hire car for ten bucks a day and after the repairs are completed, he can hand the cost of hiring a rental car over which will be reimbursed by his insurer.
My daughter is starting a new job next week.
After much pain and thinking, she’s changing her profession. Being a mechanic was hell on her body causing her to be sore all the time. Some of the parts she had to replace were so heavy she couldn’t lift and hold them in place herself. Yes, she asked for help, but she decided the hell her body was going through wasn’t worth it.

She’s still going to be in the motor industry but won’t be fixing cars anymore. Her new position is a service advisor and parts interpreter. She’s looking forward to learning her new role, not coming home filthy and sore.
I’m glad she’s chosen to put her health first. As long as my kids are happy, I don’t care what they do for a living.

Stay safe, sane, happy, and healthy.
Love Becca Van xxoo.



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I will leave it there for now.
Enjoy your week ahead, until next week.


Becca Van XXOO

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