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    Move over Dorethy- We Love a

    My Country – I love a sunburnt country

    The love of field and coppice,
    Of green and shaded lanes.
    Of ordered woods and gardens
    Is running in your veins,
    Strong love of grey-blue distance
    Brown streams and soft, dim skies
    I know but cannot share it,
    My love is otherwise.
    I love a sunburnt country,
    A land of sweeping plains,
    Of ragged mountain ranges,
    Of drought and flooding rains.
    I love her far horizons,
    I love her jewel-sea,
    Her beauty and her terror –
    The wide brown land for me!
    A stark white ring-barked forest
    All tragic to the moon,
    The sapphire-misted mountains,
    The hot gold hush of noon.
    Green tangle of the brushes,
    Where lithe lianas coil,
    And orchids deck the tree-tops
    And ferns the warm dark soil.
    Core of my heart, my country!
    Her pitiless blue sky,
    When sick at heart, around us
    We see the cattle die –
    But then the grey clouds gather,
    And we can bless again
    The drumming of an army,
    The steady, soaking rain.
    Core of my heart, my country!
    Land of the Rainbow Gold,
    For flood and fire and famine,
    She pays us back threefold –
    Over the thirsty paddocks,
    Watch, after many days,
    The filmy veil of greenness
    That thickens as we gaze.
    Dorothea Mackellar

    The move over Dorothea is for Droughts in the US "

    OAKLEY, Utah — The mountain spring that pioneers used to water their hayfields and now fills people’s taps flowed reliably into the old cowboy town of Oakley for decades. So when it dwindled to a trickle in this year’s scorching drought, officials took drastic action to preserve their water: They stopped building.
    During the coronavirus pandemic, the real estate market in their 1,750-person city boomed as remote workers flocked in from the West Coast and second homeowners staked weekend ranches. But those newcomers need water — water that is vanishing as a megadrought dries up reservoirs and rivers across the West.

    And Floods in China and Europe "Deadly flooding hits central China, affecting tens of millions" "Death toll from Germany and Belgium flooding rises to 170 as focus turns to rebuilding"

    Fires in the US and Brazil I'll skip- NZ is getting the rain now that gave Perth the record drop for July

    Just another day in paradise.

    Like Dorothea I do love our sun burnt, drowned and every thing in between country

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    We will not be beaten

    Not to be outdone we are going to show those pesky Germans and Chinese how to do a good Flood "Bureau of Meteorology on Tuesday declared a so-called negative phase of the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), a gauge that compares relative sea-surface temperatures across that ocean’s basin. It is the first such negative event since 2016, the last big wet spring in south-eastern Australia."

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