Changing Seasons : February…

It has been an incredibly wet month. Rain has been steadily falling in comfortable amounts through out the month. Keeping the ground from drying out. The garden has been loving it.

Then a week ago an enormous, catastrophic weather system hit the South east corner of Queensland. The rain bomb fell in astronomical amounts. 500mm to, in some areas, 1000mm in a couple of days filled the rain gauge and all the rivers overflowed. The main dam for the Brisbane area went from 58% to 170% in the 5 days. To add to the stress and anxiety the excess had to be let out into the already flooded rivers. 

I watched it unfold on the tv, with tears in my eyes,  suburb after suburb was swallowed in the rising water. Whole suburbs evacuated to leave their houses and businesses to the fury of Mother nature. It was unrelenting and went on for 3 solid days. Now it has moved south. The town of Lismore under water, the whole population evacuated. Images of whole streets of people waiting on top of their roof to be rescued by helicopter or boat. Still it rolls on with Sydney now in its sight.

We have been incredably lucky in this corner of the Gold Coast. We had the catastrophic rain. I recorded 400mm in 2 days over the weekend, but it didn’t cause any major flooding. The roads were closed with some water across them for 2 days, but it quickly subsided. We walked over to look at Pelican lake, at the end of our street. It had broken over its banks and flowed on to the road.

As the water subsides comes the monumental clean up. Already the “mud army” of volunteers are moving in to help locals with the heart breaking task of trying to get their lives back together again.

Our garden gives me great solice in these times. I feel so sad for all the destroyed gardens, the wild life swept away. So come with me for a look at how the garden grows this month. 

Brazilia Red-Cloak plant (megaskepasma erythrochlamys) is the star of the garden this month, smothered in dazzling red blooms. I think it likes the wet, hot weather.

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Here are some more plants putting on a show.


The wet and humid weather has produced this dainty fungus. I did look around for fairies.ceiling damage garden 007_5184x3888

But could only spot Witchy Poo and Long John Santa Claus.ceiling damage garden 002_3888x5184

The Ivory curl trees are making a spectacular display along the street this month.

The sky has been putting on a spectacular show earlier in the month.rainbow 002 enhance_5184x3888

Now the sky is blue and I have just had a call to say the insurance company is sending round a person to put a tarp, if needed, over the roof. to prevent any further rain getting into the ceiling area. It was slightly damaged in the torrential rain. I am blown away with the service of the Apia insurance company. Within a few hours of me putting in a claim on line, they had contacted me and sent an efficient young fellow to check it and fix it. I had expected to wait weeks because of the huge number of claims they must be getting.

More rain is forecast for Friday. What a relief to have the roof fixed.


So another month ends. What a rollercoaster it has been and in a weeks time Jack and I will be celebrating a huge milestone birthday. I will tell you all about it in next months “Changing Seasons” > Thanks Ju-Lyn and Brian for hosting this challenge.


  1. Great post you have given a good account and added interesting links to show how fortunate we have been.
    I really like the Orb spider photo but what happened to the video you took of it lunching on the fly?😎

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  2. Glad you weren’t badly affected PP. My son sent me videos of the rain falling in his garden, deep enough for the boys to float toy boats, but thankfully their house remained dry. Flooding here too in the North, mainly the river Severn. All too often these days.

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  3. Thank you so much for your photos and updates on your coast’s weather (have dear friends in Sydney). What wonderful service from your home insurance people! Yet more rain coming end of the week?! Know you both and your garden will survive ~ much ❤️ & good thoughts going to you both. xx

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  4. You know, I had the same experience with APIA in the November storms : very efficient and issue resolved promptly. But I feel for the many who suffered so much more – where do you even start? Lots of drowned plants in my garden so four garbage bins of rotting plant matter so far. The eggplants are thriving though and having to start making babaganoush. Will think of you next week with your celebrations🍾🥂

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  5. It is sad, during such enormous amounts of rain, that so many loose their homes and so much else. I am glad to hear you are in a good spot there and that your garden is still shining with abundant growth. I do hope, if it comes to that, you can get your roof repaired. Years ago, when I still owned a home and worked, we had an odd storm hit with rain and hurricane force winds (strange for the area) and the entire city is what I named “tarp town”. It was as though not a home or business had not been affected. I had a company come and tarp my roof, which had actually split down the middle in the back of the house allowing rain to pour in overnight. I waited from November until March before I could get a new roof on the house as the people waiting for their own new roof was a long line. Thank you for sharing your story and again, I am glad you are alright.

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  6. How frightening! Mother Nature is not happy with us. I’m glad you got your roof repaired. Your garden looks lovely and your rainbow capture was beautiful. Interested in whose birthday will be milestone????

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    • Yes jack says Mother Nature is fighting back. It’s raining again today so pleased the roof is fixed. It is both our birthdays on the same day jack will be 90 I am 80.😋


  7. Love those ivory spiral trees and the red plant you open with. Floods and fire- if it’s not one it’s the other, isn’t it? It must be grim drying out a house after floods. We were looking at our reservoir just yesterday and thinking how desperately low it is, and that’s before the tourists get here. No such thing as moderation any more! Hope you and Jack have a fabulous celebration! Look forward to hearing all about it.

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  8. I hadn’t heard about the flooding. How awful! Glad you escaped relatively unscathed although a pity about the roof. What great service, though! Your garden looks wonderful as always and I love the shot with the enormous rainbow. Did you have a look for the post of gold? 🙂 Hi to Jack as well.


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  9. Oh boy! Wasn’t it torrential. We had a waterfront view in our front garden with a large lake forming. Luckily it all drained away when the rain finally stopped. Our CBD went under again, even after the council spent megabucks on flood mitigation after 2011. Oh well, I think nothing is safe when you get so much water in such a short time. Glad you haven’t had too many problems. Everyone in our extended family living in Brisbane has been safe from flooding thank goodness.

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  10. Well, at least we know that some of that scary wildlife can swim. It is saddening nonetheless, even for the . . . wallabies.
    Poinciana and blue ginger are rad in your pictures. I will be getting a blue ginger later this year. (It is in Brent’s garden down south, and I should get there in April.) I will be growing a few poinciana for Brent. I can start them here, but they may not be happy for long in the climate here.

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    • My Poinciana tree drops all its huge pods everywhere, then the seedlings pop up all over the place. I could almost start a nursery business with them!!! But they all get composted…

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      • No one seems to know why they are unpopular in the Los Angeles region. Even in San Diego, they are very rare. They should perform well in San Diego, and reasonably well in most of Los Angeles. Although they are sensitive to the mild frost here, I should be able to grow young trees in sheltered situations.

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  11. What a storm (s) Pauline – to have to watch the news as well as sustain damage of your own, I can only imagine what a stress that was! I am glad sunnier days have returned as you recover from the trauma.

    I am glad to have been part of yours & Jack’s birthday celebrations on IG – Love the numerous celebrations!

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  12. Hello Pauline …
    Yes tis the bad penny lol
    I’m glad from reading and seeing your last comment ‘back to normal now’ that things have settled down . What a world it is just now weather, war ….
    Anyhow .. your garden is looking rather beautiful !
    And .. then reading about both yours and Jack’s birthdays … did you have a grand time ??? oh do tell 🙂

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    • G’day Poppy, lovely surprise to hear from you. Yes it has been a roller coaster weather wise. The world is going crazy. Are you still doing your beautiful photography and art? I’ve just put my monthly changing season blog with photos of our birthday outings. Actually managed to get it between the heavy rain.☔️💕

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      • Ah Pauline that’s kind thank you 😘 …let’s say I’m still dabbling with both ..
        I’ve had a glimpse of your March update will look again on my bigger screen 🙂

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