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I’ve had a number of emails and messages from kind readers expressing concern that I might be caught up in the floods currently inundating parts of Australia, and making the news in some places overseas. I appreciate your concern, and am also very concerned for the people affected by the floods. But I’m not one of them.

My sister, however, is, as well as my married nieces and nephew and their families.
Not to mention lots of writer friends and readers I know.

Thank you to all the wonderful people helping the flood victims. Tough times like this remind me of the intrinsic goodness and generosity in so many people.

Here is a map showing very roughly where the floods are, compared to where I am.

And if you recall that Australia is about the same size as  Continental USA you can see I’m a long way away (in Melbourne) in the south.

I guess though, that no matter where we live, we’ll all experience some kind of extreme weather at some time  — the effects of global warming and climate change.

So no matter where you live, I hope you can stay safe.

In the meantime, enjoy this little video from my friend, medical romance author, Fiona McArthur, who lives on a farm in northern NSW, which is currently partially flooded.  Have you ever seen kangaroos in water?

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1 year ago

I’m so glad you’re not flooded but so sorry about your family. I will admit watching the roos is pretty cool though. :)

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
1 year ago
Reply to  theo

Thanks, Theo. My family is fine, and I’m currently packing up some books to send to the flooded-out libraries. But the number of people currently homeless as a result of the floods is dreadful.

Binnie Syril
Binnie Syril
1 year ago

Anne –

Poor roos. Never would have dreamt of roos hopping around in water. I’m so glad you are doing well and well away from the floods. Sending good thoughts to your family who are farther north.

Anne Gracie
Anne Gracie
1 year ago
Reply to  Binnie Syril

Thanks, Binnie — I’d never seen ‘roos in water, either, but a friend who lives near the beach says she’s seen them hopping along in the sea several times, taking a short-cut I presume. They don’t swim.
And my family is fine, thanks. But the devastation is awful.