Yin yoga and rain

Not that the two are connected. I have recently discovered yin yoga.  This is yoga where you hold the poses for 5 minutes at a time, and it is very calming.  My gym has at least two of these classes- one on a Friday afternoon after work, and another on Sunday morning.  The Friday afternoon one has replaced the one I used to go to in the time slot.  I stopped going over a year ago, not sure why, and when I went in December, it was yin yoga. Over the break the class was suspended so I went back for the first session of the new year on Friday.

It is really good for destressing and setting aside the thoughts of the week. I then went to the Sunday one today. Very calming.  So I recommend yin yoga.

We have been in the middle of a heat wave- hot and humid. Today we finally got some rain. And of course, being Australia, we got some serious rain. Squalls through the afternoon – which were refreshing as we hung out in my dad’s pool, then torrents as we drove home.  The roads we took home were flooded at two points. One didn’t affect us, but the other required a detour.

The picture below is the other side of the road we were on- it’s a split road, and the side we were on is higher than the other side.  That’s an empty Mercedes. On the good side, because the road we were on is there, and the creek that runs through there is a culvert under it, the car won’t go too far.

Friday Morning in the flood zone

Since I live in BrisVenice and still have electricity and internet, my random thoughts on the situation.  Yes, they are on the superficial side, I know that some people have suffered terrible tragedy and loss, these are the random thoughts of someone who is luckily on the periphery of the flood.

For those who wish to help out – information on donating to the Premier’s Flood Appeal is here http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

Contrary to what news reports around the world seem to believe – there isn’t anyone “fleeing” the city.  Yes, some people had to flee from their homes but we can’t “flee” the city.  All of the main highways out of the city are cut (although the airport is working)

News channels don’t really have that much to say.  This becomes much more apparent when they are running full time on the emergency, and you have the chance to sit and watch.  They reuse footage for days and interviews for hours. I am definitely going to have a different take on “emergencies” on the tv after this.

Anna Bligh- much better speaker in an emergency than Julia Gillard. And while I am on that – look 2 female leaders, actually eleceted to the posistions they are in- leading the state and country.  Australia is sometimes more progrssive thatn I think.

It’s sunny outside, I can’t go in to work (CBD definitely flooded and off limits) but have ability to work from home.  It’s hard to concentrate.

Now that the emergency has passed, I am considering such things as:

1. Will the Lifeline bookfest be held (due to commence 15th Jan in flooded Southbank) I want my cheap books!

2. Will riverside property really get cheaper?  Some of the flooded suburbs were very expensive. Although I no longer want the one bedroom ground floor apt in New Farm.


Flooding Rains

This week has been surreal.  It poured over Christmas and New Years, but all talk of floods was for the northern cities like Rockhampton.  Now it is us.  I will try to add pictures to this as I can

The weird thing is, flood is one of the first things I ever learned about Brisbane.  My parents were in Australia around the time of the fabled 1974 floods, but they didn’t line in Brisbane they were in central Queensland.  However the parents of one of my sister’s friends in London were here, and talked about it wen they heard that we were moving to Brisbane. So one of the first things I knew about Brisbane was that it flooded- and badly.  Later, my stepfather’s stories of helping out the SES during the floods helped cement that impression

Once moving here I realised that this was not a perception that most people had.  Wivenhoe Dam was built to hold some of the waters back and in the last two decades the once working class riverside suburbs have boomed.  Usually flood prone areas are cheap, but some of the most expensive real state in town is about to go under water.

Of course I still had the perception that the place floods- so have never been attracted to the low to the ground houses that have been built in more recent times- give me a home with an allowance for water.

Anyway this week started with warnings that a few (less than 200) properties would flood.  Most of these are in areas that quite frequently experience flooding in major storms and so it is not entirely unexpected.  then it was revised upwards after the Toowoomba incident of an “inland tsunami”.

Yesterday at work we were all nervously watching the river, as most of us park underground in the CBD.  Around 11 we left- we all have the facility to work from home (although my connection isn’t functioning at the moment).  So I am at least safe and dry at home.

Once they announced this was going to be on the scale of 1974, if not worse we checked the flood maps.  It appears the street did get some water in 1974, but the property did not, and we are on the high side of the street.

I have been to the supermarket (and never want to go back) so we have water, and fresh pasta.