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05 February 2007 @ 12:42 am
There's no water.

Today we ran officially ran out. Dad's flying up from Melbourne to try and dig out the well but if we don't get rain soon the cattle aren't going to make it. It's the most bizarre thing - a green drought. There's grass everywhere, albeit brown, but it's not long enough for the cows to eat. They don't have teeth on their upper jaw and if the grass isn't long enough to wrap around their tongues then it's useless. But that doesn't actually matter if they don't get water within about a day or so. We've go 70 head, at the moment they're trying to drink out of the river but that's salty and only makes them more thirsty. We connected our house water tanks to the troughs which will by us maybe two days if we're lucky, but after that we'll have to pay for a load of water every few days but it's so expensive. Because it's a green drought, there's no assistence from the goverment. We pay higher land tax than anyone else yet we don't even have a tarred road. Electricity is transient and we all self sufficent in water - except for now.

I hope this weather changes, it's never been this dry before. Ten years of drought really is a long time. When are they going to declare this place a state of emergency?

Feeling...: crankycranky
Bill: ouchbilly_red_ocean on February 4th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
*tries to send over rain*
ellymelly: william adama smileellymelly on February 5th, 2007 07:48 am (UTC)
thank you billy *Hugs*
Bill: pout for a whilebilly_red_ocean on February 5th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
the weather is just weird (so I can't say for the last 10 years Ô.O)
It was way too warm here all winter, we've finally decent temperatures here (around 0°C)
ellymelly: file and pencil world dominationellymelly on February 5th, 2007 09:21 am (UTC)

that's cold lol we go down to about -6*C in the middle of winter and up to 48*C in high summer. But no snow *sniff* :D
Billbilly_red_ocean on February 5th, 2007 09:27 am (UTC)
*grins* it should be -15°C. At least a few days. that would be normal. and lots of snow. last year it was all we did for days: removing snow.
48°C wow, that would be too hot for me! Last summer was 33°C here and that was almost unbearable already.
ellymelly: danceellymelly on February 5th, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
OMG snow is so awesome. *flails* i know it sounds stupid but i don't get to see it that often. You're so lucky! *books plane ticket* lol *watches billy do huge eye roll*
Billbilly_red_ocean on February 5th, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
I don't roll my eyes. I love snow. I'm used to get it regurlarly but I'm excited over it every single time ;)
ellymelly: but cuteellymelly on February 5th, 2007 09:56 am (UTC)
*builds imaginary snow-possum*
Billbilly_red_ocean on February 5th, 2007 09:59 am (UTC)
*giggles* *puts a pink scarf around elly's imaginary snow-possum*
Lemon: Lemontreelemon_tree_x on February 4th, 2007 11:18 am (UTC)
Oh my god... I'm so sorry to hear that :(

Even I knew you're from Australia, I didn't know you're living on a farm and of course I had no idea of a the years longing drought.

Just a few days ago I saw a report on TV. It was about the rendeers of the "Samen" (Sami in english I guess, they live in Norway, Sweden and Finland -> Lapland). Their animals are starving, because they have to less! snow. Due to the too warm weather and less snow there is a ice film over the grass, so they can't come through it. They fear to loose the most of their rendeers.

We are used to have snow from October to March. So far only on a few days some snow felt, but that's nothing in compare to what should have been. But in summer we had too much rain, almost the whole August was wet.

The global weather is definitely out of control.

If it's just irritating like in our region no harm is done, but if it has such catastrophic effects like with where you live....

I'm really sorry. There is nothing I can do, I do hope you will find a way to go through it.
ellymelly: two headsellymelly on February 5th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
It's so strange because everybody in different countries everywhere are feeling it one way or another. Trust me, it's nice to hear that there are places in the world that aren't in trouble :D

They're forcasting rain for us in late Feb - it's probably going to bloody flood lol

Lemon: Catlemon_tree_x on February 5th, 2007 08:08 am (UTC)
Sometimes I feel like we were running straight into an abyss. The humans now what they are doing, what the cause for global warming is. But nobody seems to believe it could affect "their" lives.

Trust me, it's nice to hear that there are places in the world that aren't in trouble :D

We don't feel the trouble - yet. But looking around everything changes. We're having plants and animals that used to live much more south. Actually they shouldn't be able to survive, but it's getting slowly warmer. So they come over. But other plants and animals vanish, because it's no longer their habitat.

This is not a good sign. Nobody knows what will be in 10 or 50 years. It scares me to think about it :(.

They're forcasting rain for us in late Feb - it's probably going to bloody flood lol

I hope you will have rain. A fine, smooth rain shower. Not too less, not too much. *think positive*
ellymelly: timelordellymelly on February 5th, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
I don't actually think our weather (where we are) is caused from climate change. this place often descends into decades of drought, it's just how it's always been in australia. I remember when I was three, we were coming off a fifteen year drought and I wasn't allowed to use the hose in the garden.

The only thing that's strange at the moment is that this area where the farm is (farther up the coast)is a very wet coastal area. All the river systems feed into into the ocean. There are swamps and marshlands and floodplains - the sort of place where it rains even when there is a drought.

So, it's not built to withstand long periods without water. The wildlife can't handle it at all. The national Parks have been locked up by the state so they've become overgrown fire traps - all the bush animals have migrated to the farms (which is a PAIN) and you just have to hope you don't get a fire through because the winds have been gusting to 90km/h. But the biggest thing is the water table dropping. It dried up all the damns and the well. It feels like someone's tapped into the underground water supply and not told anybody.

We'd like to sell off all the cattle except our breeding stock, to make it easier, but they won't pay you enough for the beasts. They're selling animals at half price while charging three times as much for it in the supermarkets. It's just terrible. There should be regulation.

Sorry for the rant. LOL I promise i won't do it again :D It just - gets to you sometimes.

I hope that you don't lose any of your animals or plants and that in 50 years it will all be restored :D
Lemonlemon_tree_x on February 5th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
I hope you're right and the weather changes have nothing to do with global warming. But I doubt it. The reports about strange phenomenons become more and more. From all over the world... *sigh*

They're selling animals at half price while charging three times as much for it in the supermarkets.

Damned. Sorry. So it's in Australia like everywhere else. A few people earn a lot money while others get nothing.

Sorry for the rant. LOL I promise i won't do it again :D It just - gets to you sometimes.

No! Go on with it! These discussions are interesting :)
A work in progressancarett on February 4th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
It's weird. This time of year we'd have a metre or two of snow accumulation on our yard. It's about 1/3 of a metre accumulation. It'll be a dry summer hereabouts if we don't get more in the next two months before the thaws begin. And we're likely to lose a lot of plants due to insufficient cover.

The world's gone crazy!
ellymelly: wrong universeellymelly on February 5th, 2007 07:52 am (UTC)
People seem to be saying that they're less snow :(

The world definatly has gone crazy!
gabolangegabolange on February 4th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
*special rain dance just for you and your cattle*

Man, that's . . . awful. *fingers crossed*
ellymelly: something naughtyellymelly on February 5th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
*joins in rain dance*

I guess I should plan either an outdoor wedding or astonomy festival. That's a sure way to make it rain! :D
merdywoe: starlightmerdywoe on February 4th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
The weather is definitely out of control. I'm in Houston and we just finished a 13 day run of rain. I wish I could send some of it to you. Good luck.
ellymelly: notwhatyouthinkellymelly on February 5th, 2007 07:55 am (UTC)
Thank you *plots to build giant underground piping system*

Things are a little brighter today. We bought a new pump and managed to fill one of the smaller troughs so that the cattle had a drink today. Tomorrow they dig the well so hopefully we'll get to Feb when the floods will presumably start.

I hope you guys don't flood with that much rain!
englishwanabe: kid bubbleenglishwanabe on February 5th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC)
dude i live in adelaide and living in the city you forget how hard it must be for those in the country especially those who live on farms....this drought is terrible! everythings shrively up and dying i feel selfish everytime i have a shower and i never get myself a drink of water!

i feel so so so so terrible and sorry for you it must be so hard watching your family go through that and not being able to do a thing about it!

what is your family currently doing for domestic water?

and why the FRAK isnt stupid john howard declaring it an emergency! why the FRAK hasnt he organized aid for farmers!

englishwanabe: Cherriesenglishwanabe on February 5th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
that was supost to be shriveling ***
ellymelly: two headsellymelly on February 5th, 2007 07:56 am (UTC)
We have a two five thousand gallon tanks but there's almost empty. we're getting water tomorrow so it should be okay for drinking.

thank you for your thoughts! :D
englishwanabe: manda kissenglishwanabe on February 5th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
that's ok love....i really hope everything turns out for the best!