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Checking In and Catching Up

Just saying hello and catching up with my fellow Folians. Wondering where everyone is, and what’s going on in your gardens? My garden is somewhat wet at the moment.

We’ve been away for a few weeks, catching up with friends and relatives further south. We managed to escape some of the oppressive February heat, only to return home Thursday evening just in time to be cut off from civilisation by rising floodwaters. As we neared home we had to use the southbound lane on the Bruce Highway at Coolbie as water was covering the northbound lane. It was rather disconcerting driving along but it wasn’t far and we were soon home.

Friday the Highway was completely closed at Coolbie to the south, and Helen’s Hill, Francis and Cattle Creeks to the north, effectively turning Bambaroo into an island.

Today roads are still closed and Ingham to our north is completely flooded. Our district, the Hinchinbrook Shire, has once again been declared a natural disaster area. Flood levels this time have exceeded the 2009 flood levels which were rather devastating. I am so very grateful that our house does not flood. I can live with a creek and lake forming in the garden as long as the house is high and dry.

Photo: Driving home.

Posted over 1 year ago | Last edited over 1 year ago

Hello Carol,
Sorry to hear of your floods, they have certainly been bad, at least you were able to reach home.
We certainly live in a diverse country, don’t we?
We would love some of your water down here, everything is so dry.

Am about to attempt to renovate some of my beds before winter, and of course it is time to plant our spring bulbs.

There are some of us still on the site I suspect, but we are probably busier in our gardens than on computers. I seem to have little spurts of being on Folia, but it is certainly great for keeping records. It’s interesting to see our seasons changing over the years as I look back.

I don’t know your area, furthest north I’ve been is Fraser Island, although I’ve spent time in Toowoomba and Sunshine Coast.

Good luck with the receding waters, and hope not too much damage to property.

Posted over 1 year ago

I hadn’t received an email from folia in a very long time when this suddenly popped up today…..looks like the Austrakian – New Zealand group is dead?

Posted about 1 year ago

Hello Mamacrystal, it’s lovely to hear from you.

I think we active Folians are busy outdoors in our gardens. I don’t know that the Australian/New Zealand group is necessarily dead, I suspect that we are using Folia more to record our activities and review plant progress. I personally use journal entries more so than the groups. Perhaps ‘follow’ individual Folians to be notified when one of us posts something, be it personal journal entry or group posting. I receive a weekly Folia email – my Weekly Garden Planner – that lists weather for the next few days, what tasks I have scheduled, what I should sow this coming week, etc. It has a section listing local activity in my area (other than mine) and every week it says there are not enough observations for my area. In other words I’m the sole active Folian up here.

I look into the Australian groups every so often. I noticed that the swap group had slowed considerably but that may be a function of people not having any seeds or plants to swap, or using more local non-Folia groups for swapping. I did observe a sharp drop in activity a few years back when drought set in and people tended to give up on their gardens. So climate can be a major factor in activity or lack thereof. Also, people go through different phases in their lives and leave some activities behind as the demands of life dictate.

Personally I have found myself quite isolated up here. I seem to be the only person active on Folia in the north of the country! I love to check the local activity page every now and then, and in all my years on Folia it has never found one entry within 500 kms of me! It can be lonely up here. That’s when it’s nice to find Folian friends from further south, as well as join in conversation with all our international Folians. It is still a very friendly place.

Posted about 1 year ago

Thanks for your reply Carol! I hadn’t received any mail from folia at all for a good couple of years when one popped up the other day, which caused me to post when I did.
So I’ll check in once in a while….. maybe some orher Aussies have received a wake up email too lol

Posted about 1 year ago | Last edited about 1 year ago

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