I had to pick up some fresh milk at Coles the other day and was surprised to see that there were hardly any vegetables on the shelves which is quite amazing as we live very near to the Lockyer Valley which is a major veggie growing region. I doubt that the local fruit and veggie stores would have had the same problem and I would have gone there to check out the shelves but I am still recovering from the 'whatever' I had recently so didn't have the energy.
It just shows you though how quickly the shelves can empty if the trucks can't get through to the major supermarkets. There wasn't one lettuce in Coles and I couldn't even use our own for meals as it sizzled up during the heatwaves. Apparently some of the crops that are grown up north that were damaged are eggplant, tomatoes and capsicums and the price of them is expected to soar. Tomatoes were already $7.90 in the supermarkets before the cyclone for some reason so I can only begin to imagine how expensive they will become.
|Source: Channel 9 news|
As well as a lack of veggies in the supermarket the milk shelves were almost bare as well. I tried to get a photo of the stranded animals on the news last night and I think they are cows and I heard one dairy farmer say that he is milking the cows he can get to but has to throw the milk down the drain as he can't get to wherever he has to deliver it to.
If this is what it is like in a town that had no damage or flooding from Cyclone Debbie can you imagine what it is like in the cyclone/flood ravaged areas.
I believe some people would like to contribute to the clean up effort but I haven't seen or heard anything about where to donate so if anyone has information about that could you leave a comment or, if you are a reader who can't comment for any reason which seems to be happening, please let me know via the Contact Form in the sidebar.
If you would like to read an account from someone from Murwillumbah who has just been though the terror of hearing the river roar through underneath her house and come up just a few inches beneath the floorboards then check out Nanette's blog Stitch and Sow and perhaps leave an encouraging comment for her as she certainly needs some encouraging at the moment.
After the few inches of rain we had last week which pales into insignificance compared to the falls elsewhere I might add, we visited Picnic Point and I took a photo of the waterfall on my phone. It was looking quite stunning and is worth visiting if you are ever in Toowoomba.
To finish off on a lighter note, I was trying to have a quiet time this afternoon but kept being interrupted by this cockatoo in the tree outside the window who was feasting on the pecan nuts. He didn't enjoy having company so flew off with a nut to eat it where he wouldn't be disturbed. They are so very noisy!
Your continuing thoughts and prayers for those suffering in the aftermath of the cyclone would be most appreciated.