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Nature's Cruel Outbursts
11/12/2011 1:46:08 PM

I came to grips with nature’s cruel outbursts in rural Australia before commencing my novels.

      Today it’s all about a mini cyclone that ravishedour land. Cyclones are not usual in our part of the country -  droughts give the most grief; but one thing is constant: we are forever starting over in country Australia after nature dictates who is boss, many, manytimes. I featured the 1974 floods in the third novel, The Tan People, a flood that absolutely decimated the cattle country of inland Queensland, a flood that was to go down in history with the famous Lake Eyre of the inland, being filled to capacity for the first time in 500 years. My characters are always fictional but I have lived the life…and the true Aussie spirit usually shines through with the people banding together, always there for each other. 

   Oakdale was the only property affected by the freak of nature this day.  The cyclone took its narrow destructive path through a strip of forestry plantation.  We were simply unlucky to be in the way.  Iwalked through the paddocks after the mini cyclone flattened stands ofStringybark and Bloodwood, Forest Oak and Blackbutt, decreasing our cattlenumbers significantly in the process, shocked and numb in the wake of rampagingwinds and lashing torrential rain, feeling blessed to still have our home andeveryone safe. My mother-in-law had crawled under the heavy kitchen table paralyzed with fear by the noise of crashing trees, timber and iron (theoutdoor sheds) – a nightmare in the making. Wonderful people from my husband’sMasonic Lodge traveled out to our property and replaced the iron roofing onour most essential sheds. The saw-miller from our local timber mill brought hislogging truck for the beautiful timber-trees that had crashed to the earth. Wewere paid for the logs and were very grateful for the help from the littletown. Our cattle numbers would build up again in time. 

More tomorrow.



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More Blogs by Barbara Hartmann King
• Man Eating Birds - Thursday, November 01, 2012
• THE SIGN POST - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
• LOVE IS - Wednesday, June 13, 2012
• Poems from The Tan People - - Tuesday, May 22, 2012
• The first novel - a biography of Emily - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
• Taipans, pig shooters and man eating birds - Thursday, April 19, 2012
• Laugh Kookaburra Laugh - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
• Characters for Country Dramas - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• The Oasis in the Heart of Queensland - Monday, March 19, 2012
• Coloured Sands Dreaming Legend - Wednesday, March 07, 2012
• A Hundred Million Years Ago - Saturday, February 18, 2012
• Where couples met and Fell in Love - Monday, February 13, 2012
• The Jet-Propelled Emus - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
• Not a Castle anywhere - only Grand old Homesteads - Thursday, February 02, 2012
• Invitations - requesting your pleasure - Sunday, January 29, 2012
• Love Is - Thursday, January 26, 2012
• Inspiration form Multicoloured Sand Dunes - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
• The first coat of paint in 100 years - Monday, November 28, 2011
• Happy Jacks and Sand Goannas - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
• The old Homestead-Digging into the past for themes - Tuesday, November 22, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Monday, November 21, 2011
• Life at Wyuna where the writing began - Friday, November 18, 2011
• A plague of army worm months were the final straw - Thursday, November 17, 2011
• Life is about change-Grandfather married again - Wednesday, November 16, 2011
• Raising money for the community in the country - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
• Charity Work in Country Towns -the Lions Club - Monday, November 14, 2011
• Knowledge gleaned from living in the bush for my outback novels. - Sunday, November 13, 2011
•  Nature's Cruel Outbursts - Saturday, November 12, 2011  

• The Passion and my imagination - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• The Passion - the Personal relationship with the land - Tuesday, November 08, 2011
• The Vet said: Your horse will get up Or he will lie there and die - Monday, November 07, 2011
• Once an Inland Sea - more - Sunday, November 06, 2011
• Once an inland Sea - no other explanation - Saturday, November 05, 2011
• Life in the Bush - Fodder for Country Dramas - Friday, November 04, 2011
• Medical Emergencies in the Bush - Thursday, November 03, 2011
• Just like Mary the Pioneer Woman - Wednesday, November 02, 2011
• Identifying with my character - The Pioneering Woman Mary - Tuesday, November 01, 2011
• Inspiration for Characters of early settlement - Ancestors - Monday, October 31, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Sunday, October 30, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Saturday, October 29, 2011
• Coloured Sands Trilogy - Friday, October 28, 2011

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