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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

On a dark and stormy day.

Here I am back to the daily grind of doing nothing, but doing it well, we had excellent weather while we were away, late spring can get quite hot sometimes but right up until the last afternoon it was great… I did say right up until the last afternoon!!!!!

As we approached Brisbane from about 100 kms out the sky grey dark and stormy looking, then the heavens opened up and we were caught in the heaviest rain storm either Warren or I had ever seen, with thunder and lightening all around it was all I could do to maintain 40 k/h (25 m/h) and keep a safe distance from the car ahead.

I didn’t really notice that Warren had got very quiet (and believe me he doesn’t do that often) when the rain eased for a while I glanced over to see a pasty faced Wazza, with white knuckles gripping the seat he said he would have died if he had been driving through that rain… Oh well another chance missed.

Turned out to be the worst storm that has hit Brisbane in 25 years and we came through one of the black spots, never mind, no animals were harmed in the production of this report so all is well, there was no damage in Warren's area and Gympie just got rain, no damage.

This will be another quick post before the photos and story of the trip get written, I need to unpack everything, wash heaps of clothes, restock the fridge and learn how to cook and clean again first.

A sneak preview of our Capital City, Canberra.

Please click photos to enbiggen

The Australian Coat of Arms
sitting proudly on top of the New Parliament House

The magnificent stainless steel flagpole has pride of place.

Our Capital is not just full of political Bull S**t it has a pretty fair coating of Bird S**t too.


Pamela said...

Such a brave fellow. (:
My cousin and I encountered such a storm two years ago -- and then found out there was a tornado in the midst. I kind of wondered when the hail was coming horizontal.

Puss-in-Boots said...

That was a doozy of a storm, wasn't it? We had mostly rain and wind here, just got the outer edge of it, but we had 40 mm of rain in about an hour. That's quite a lot of water falling from the sky.

Glad the both of you made it home safely though.

kenju said...

Welcome home! I'm glad to know you will soon be posting again, and that you got home safely - even with the heavy rain.

Jamie Dawn said...

I like the flagpole and the coat of arms, but I could do without the bird shite.


Glad you made it back home safe and sound.
I've driven in bad rain storms before, and it can be terrifying. I'm sure the storm you were in was worse than any I've driven in, so I probably would have peed my pants!!
Let me know if you received the cross I mailed to you.
I want to make sure it arrived.

Dave said...

It's always great to hear your stories of travel Peter...!

The coat of arms.. does it light up?

LZ Blogger said...

Peter ~ Hey mate! Several things to say here:
I saw you and Warren over on Jan's blog. Good to see you both there. Second I really like the new Parliament building and the photos of it on your site. A very impressive building.
Thirdly... politicians and birds as well; while both may LOOK and sound pretty at times... they are still ALL full of CRAP! ~ jb///