Text Box:   Australia is a land of extremes, from bushfires, drought & flood.
  After torrential rain for weeks and weeks, the country became so waterlogged that it filled up like a bath, destroying homes, killing stock, obliterating crops, removing fertile topsoil, and ripping out trees, some hundreds of years old, as the water torrents rushed down the topography helped by gravity. The land too parched and dense to absorb the quantity of water teeming from the sky after being so scorched in drought for so many decades.
  Now the waters have subsided to show the damage and, in some cases, the devastation, and to slowly enable the clean-up and rebuild to be carried out. This will take quite a long time.
  We journeyed out for a drive in  the Hawkesbury region to see how things were progressing a few weeks after the water had subsided and were amazed, floored even, that there was still so much water and to see the high tide muddy water marks and debris left on vegetation metres, some 15 – 20 metres, above us as we drove along pastural lands on both the eastern and western sides of the Hawkesbury River, knowing that on some of the houses the flood water had gone right up the pitch on their rooves. 
  We witnessed similar scenes of heart rendering devastation throughout parts of the Hunter as well, whilst there recently. A scene repeated all along the North of NSW & through into the outback regions of Qld.
  The horror of seeing your home, property and animals being destroyed by so much water would be enough for most people to give up, but the people who live in areas that succumb to natural disasters are made of such mettle that they just carry on and pull it all back together. Our family owned a dairy farm near the river ferry in Port Macquarie which flooded nearly every other year and then some. It was such a regular occurrence they just grabbed whatever was valuable to them and left after securing their stock safely. Returning when the waters had subsided, cleaning out the muddy silt, snakes, debris, and branches, taking weeks to dry out the stench of moisture and then carrying on with life once again. It came to the point that they no longer bothered to repaint the house, inside or outside and so you could see all the muddy stains of the flood tide marks on the interior walls. Such is life in the flood plains of the regions or near river lands.
  The clean up after any disaster is the hardest part, seeing all the destruction that nature can inflict. There comes a point when some people just want to lay down & let the waters take them away. But you do not give up, you pick yourself up again & again to carry on. 
  Life does go on and you must make the best of what you have! This is true for everything in life, not just for floods but for all the dramas and traumas that we each go through in our lives. Nobody has an easy road all the time and if we support each other in times of need then we will have the mettle to strive, learn and grow with gusto and strength.
  Be grateful daily for all the small things in your life and then when you have disappointments you will be able to see the good that comes along too. 
  Friendship and support are the recipe for helping you develop strength and coping!
“Keep on keeping on” – this is such a true saying!
  If you are depressed or feeling anxious  & think you cannot cope with life’s events seek out professional help, you are not alone as there are several great sites like below listed on the Gov website.
Beyond Blue
Lifeline
Headspace
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Positions Vacant- Multiple Places Available.

 Mothers Wanted.

  Looking for  incredibly special people, although traditionally female, but these days more men are being called upon to do similar roles.

  Must be willing to change their body shape for 9 months at least, sometimes never returning to original. This requirement and  the next one are not relevant to male applicants. Go through incredible pain.

  Must be willing to go without sleep, irregular feeding of self, and alone “me time”.  Fall into bed eventually totally exhausted day in day out, but loving every minute of it as your baby, sometimes multiples, grows.

  Other  extremely important attributes that are needed to fulfil this role:

   Must be a nurse, a peacekeeper, wardrobe organiser, good cook, washer, shopper, lunch maker, good listener, housekeeper, clothes mender, chauffeur, teacher, supervisor, thick skinned entertainment officer and wife, plus hundreds of other duties as required.

  Most important of all, must possess unconditional love!

  All this for many years and on going.

  Did I mention pay, sorry no money paid but then you cannot put a price on love sometimes without any in return until late in the child's life.

 Only incredibly special dedicated people need apply and are much in demand.     Still interested as there are millions of applicants and has been from the start of time.

Happy Mother's Day to all the special people who have taken up the position worldwide, from Vicki & myself here at Going Places with MSPhoto.