Well, after 650 days away from work, I've finally lost the 'rabbit in the headlights' look! According to Pilchard, anyway. This proves what the REAL stressor was - despite 2010's disaster-ridden status, the 'look' has gone!
2010 got off to a great start when a marauding flock of sulphur-crested cockatoos descended on the veggie garden, nipping off all the corn stalks at the base. Destructive little buggers!! And go out to sea with just a thin layer of rubber between you and the creatures of the deep, add a few leaks – and that'll replicate our waterlogged Zodiac experience down at the beach shack!
Watching the sheep crossing the boundary fence to the quarry was a bit of a clue for the next drastic action required. Heatwave? Too bad! It had to be done - NOW!! The bright side? SO impressed by my abilities, a neighbour suggested I work for him as a trades assistant!! I don't THINK he was joking … so if things get too bad, I may yet call him on it!
During dual duelling dental dramas (how's THAT for alliteration!), the holding tank roof blew off in a freak wind storm. Travel? What's that, we wondered as our days became a dreary round of organising earthworks and repairs, visiting dentists and patching up the stockyard - there's only so much that baling twine will hold together … A few bouts of vermin-wrangling (mice, millipedes, mosquitoes) and we were ready for a change.
But not the one that followed … luckily, my parents escaped their car rollover relatively unscathed. At least the unexpected trip to visit was a positive bonus!
And then, my dear 'train buddy' K lost her brave battle with breast cancer, and the world turned black for awhile. The December Australian Womens Weekly tells me we spend $6 billion annually on our pets – but only $11 million on breast cancer research. Is it just me, or is that a bit weird??
But … another couple of dental dramas later, and we were on our way! Where to? Wherever the road took us, of course! With the benefit of hindsight, our wet Wet Tropics dramas were as nothing compared to the ensuing deluge that's put half of Australia under water – but in my defence it WAS the dry season at the time …
Back home again, and the fabulous memories of our trip faded away as tree branches – and whole trees! - fell on chook sheds, over fences and down at the beach shack with carefree abandon! Lambing season wasn't exactly a success either, with a number of ewe and lamb deaths/kills. Foxes AND dogs. Livestock and untrained, untethered dogs are SO NOT a good combination ...
And mending boundary fences on the steepest hills was only rewarding in that we ticked it off the 'to-do' list – and won't be required again for a long, long time! That's also the case with fixing the shack rust by repainting - by the time it needs re-doing, we'll be too old to care …
While I realise the decline of my camera is a disaster only to me, it encapsulates conflicting messages from our elected reps. Where's the consistency of NOT 'saving the planet' when I don't recycle newspapers, or turn lights off for 'Earth Hour', yet it's tacitly OK – nay, encouraged - to replace large appliances every year or two? I don't get it – perhaps my brain has turned to mush by not being at work ...
BUT … the year wasn't finished with us yet! A BIG thank-you to whatever anti-locust board who reported in the Stock Journal in early Dec that other than 'mopping up', locust eradication had virtually ceased as they were no longer a problem! Why, then, did our Xmas Day celebration include a plague of locusts? The endless swarms fascinated our interstate guests, as did the ceaseless munching of little mouths while the greenery disappeared from the hillsides … Perhaps someone can enlighten me about what our new 'bio-security' levy is meant to cover??
So are these things REALLY disasters?? In the ultimate scheme of things, no! Lots of people had far worse 2010 disasters than these! But where's the fun in NOT being a drama queen??
A big thank you to all my wonderful followers, subscribers, regular readers and drop ins – it's been fabulous to have your support in 2010! Happy New Year!! Hope 2011 is a FAAAAAABULOUS year for you and those you love!!
Happy travels!!PS If any other disasters befall me in 2010's dying hours, you'll be the first to know!!