Yasi and Pickles – a distraction
Well, there has been nothing else BUT news about it all day long.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, born hundreds of kilometres east of Australia a few days ago, is currently slamming into the top half of our beautiful state. I am watching tweets from people who have ignored all kinds of advice and stayed on in the path of this furious Category FIVE storm – the one that’s pretty much as big as America’s Hurricane Katrina and dwarfs the most recent villian wreaking serious havoc on our shores, TC Larry (who was a ‘mere’ Category four).
Apparently there are official wave recordings of …9* metres (that’s 30 feet) *updated from original post. Winds are roaring and power is gone. Storm surges of as high as nine metres are predicted. New reports have said a woman has given birth in one evacuation centre and a roof has already blown off another.
I am at the point that I don’t really want to think about it. I want to put my fingers in my ears and go ‘La la la la la…’. I can only imagine what those stuck in its path are doing to try and deal with the reality of it.
And I figure, my job is probably to acknowledge the situation and maybe provide a little light relief. Lord knows there will be saturation coverage (pardon the awful pun) of this event for days and weeks to come.
To this end, I am doing a great big ‘LA LA LA!’ and introducing Pickles to you…
Now Pickles has actually been around the ridges here for a few weeks. You can see earlier glimpses of him here.
We have been trialling him for Dash, as Yvette is kind of ‘everybody’s’ horse – especially when Pagi and Salina and I all want to ride her too. The math just doesn’t work.
So we got Pickles. He’s tall and lean and gentle and a bit of a snugglepot. He has no sense of personal space whatsoever, and is only four years old. On so many levels, he and Dash are soulmates.
We also find it hard to keep the weight on Pickles. (So much like our son!) Although the horse DID have the excuse that he was suffering ‘rain scald’ from all the wet weather (as did a number of horses and cattle here – apparently a bacteria-based condition). He lost some hair and some weight, requiring some serious TLC.
He’s looking good again. Marvellous what some TCL (and some copra) can achieve.
And now Dash and Violet have their two new steeds…
Pickles and Sandy.
Dash and Violet.