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04 June 2010 @ 05:34 pm
An interruption to our scheduled service ...  
See this pic? See that car in the right?


That's not our car. Our car is a bit further up the street, and so far the water has not made it inside. However, that is our bin bobbing merrily along at the back there.

Sydney does rain the way that London and Paris do snow ;-) We could prepare better for it, but why, when it so rarely happens? 

Am at home now, which has reassured the cats, who are looking to me for leadership. So far no need for any of my emergency house repair skills, though I have a tarp and towels at the ready should a leak spring. The guttering at the back has pulled off the house, but the water is flooding out away from the wall, so I will leave it for now rather than make things worse. We do, however, have a pool in our courtyard! And it didn't cost a cent!

A friend who lives locally offered me a lift home, I took one look at the traffic and said I would walk. I suspect she may still be trapped somewhere on Erskineville Rd. Meanwhile the paved square near my place is filled with the cars of people who have abandoned their quest to return home and have instead turned to the ample bosom of the Rose of Australia, where an enterprising publican has obviously been frying onions since the rains began this morning -- the scent is magnificent!

Sensible post later. News at nine!
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shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on June 4th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
I saw the flash flood warnings for Sydney - so Erskinville is flooding - looking at that photo just reminds me of summer/early autumn in Brissie and the Rocklea underpass constantly going under water, not to mention the downstairs of my old house. Hope you continue to experience a relatively trouble free rain event....
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
The water's gone down mostly now, thank goodness! Our wading pools are attractive, if not necessarily what I would have gone for given the choice. There were masked lapwings pecking about in the park outside the council estate this morning, and my shoes, with their 1.5 inch soles, are sodden ;-)
(no subject) - shu_shu_sleeps on June 4th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Susanlil_shepherd on June 4th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
Yipes!

Here in "rainy" London (which apparently does get less rain than Sydney, according to our local water company) we have a mini heat-wave.

Hope you and yours stay dry.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
I believe that historically, Sydney has more rain than London. In my experience, it saves up several years' worth and then dumps it all at once. And yet there is no stormwater recycling, because New South Wales excels in wretched planning above all else ;-)
Cerise: Oh Dear by Tayschaoswivern on June 4th, 2010 07:51 am (UTC)
Oh my God! What is it with the weather?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
Climate change is SO real! Though Australia just has mad weather anyway. The most famous poem here has a line about 'drought and flooding rains', which are pretty much the only two options ;-)
(no subject) - wivern on June 4th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
she had the face of an angel & the body of a devil: [stock] lemon eyesnuclearsugars on June 4th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
D:

Good luck with keeping your car dry? Also, I have this vision of you leading an army of cats against flash floods.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:13 am (UTC)
Follow me to the dry ground, my feline friends!

So far the car is not wet on the inside. I have given up on checking it -- it's not as though I can drive it anywhere!
auntpurl: Dayum!auntpurl on June 4th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Holy shit! Stay safe!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
Safe is easy! Dry may be more of an issue ... (Also, *sends hugs!* I have wanted to send you big and affectionate replies to your last couple of posts, but have been instead running to work and then coming home and being too stupid to be of any friendly use)
(no subject) - auntpurl on June 4th, 2010 10:25 am (UTC) (Expand)
not_an_elf on June 4th, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
you know what I see in that pic? I see a railway switchboard with very wet feet. This is what we electrical engineers call a major design flaw.

It doesn't go zap today... but all the crud and moisture is in there now, gently corroding the steel, making the copper furry, reducing clearances, weakening insulation....
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:05 am (UTC)
Yeah ... look, on the up-side, after this lot stops, it'll probably be another 15 years before it gets wet again ...
(no subject) - not_an_elf on June 4th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
silent hallucinationalex_s9 on June 4th, 2010 08:09 am (UTC)
For a moment there I thought you moved to Poland, girl.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:16 am (UTC)
Then you and I could take tea in the dry! Excellent result!
(no subject) - alex_s9 on June 4th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
mayela_delaruemayela_delarue on June 4th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
My event site is flooded and ruined for the weekend. I'm here at work relocating the entire thing to our town Hall and am reconfiguring the whole lay out. I think I'd rather be at your place with you and the cats. Here's hoping your feet stay dry.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
Poor sausage! The cats are thrilled, because I have the heater on drying out my shoes, which means I am obviously planning on warming up my cats! I'd say pop in, but I have used up all my seating space with drying out clothes!
(no subject) - mayela_delarue on June 4th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - blamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Catscatsintheattic on June 4th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
OMG - this looks awful! I hope the house and the car and you and the cats will stay safe.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
It's not so bad, the cars are all parked on the lower side of the street, our house is a bit up the hill from there: the water is mostly gushing past save for our little ponds ;-)
Rainien: gardening rainrainien on June 4th, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
If you see a bunch of animals lining up two by two, grab Mr. Brammers and get in line. The animals know where to go. :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
We have two cats, I feel certain they will warn us!
Klara: Rain by tearofabasiliskmummimamma on June 4th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
Crazy weather. Do you keep a boat in the backyard for these occasions?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
We used to have a kayak, it may be time to buy another!
Amanuensis: Lelouch Pumpkinamanuensis1 on June 4th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Cripes! Stay safe, please!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
All fine! Our house is UP the hill! Our car may end up soaked, but we hardly ever drive anywhere ...
mdbpinque on June 4th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
Cooo.. I'll be there in about 10 days, um...

At least Auckland is pretty much just damp all year round every year.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
I'm SURE we'll have run out of rain by then! And I have some time off, let me know if you need a native guide!
rickey_a: clingsrickey_a on June 4th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
oh my...

*hugs & offers you some hot chocolate*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
*Takes hugs*
*Hugs back*
*Leaves hot chocolate, had creamy sauce for dinner and urrrrrgh ...*
Huey: Merlin - Oh noesphoenixacid on June 4th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
Oh my. *cast multiple drying charms on you and your cats*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 4th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
Cats are fine, they are INDOOR cats, and today they have seen the wisdom of their fate and praise our name ;-)

I'm about to shower and change into jammies, after which I will have dry feet, yay!