With the road works coming to an end we are seeing the ‘finished product’ in some areas.
This week we set out to rescue the South Path wall – The first wall we built.
After suffering damage from multiple torrential storms and downpours it has started to fail in a serious way.
The damage to Lamington National Park Rd caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie is still being repaired. It has been 12 months since 400mm+ rain fell here in ‘Upper’ Cainbable.
It is now our turn to get ‘repaired’
The rain we have received over the last few days has filled the big house water tank.
So I got to see the water tank overflow diffuser that we made in action.
We returned home today from our trip to Sydney and were met with scenes of devastation.
The combination of extremely high temperatures and a severe lack of summer rain has taken a massive toll on our vege plots and gardens, and across the property.
Under our north-facing deck ‘tin’ roof it can get a bit hot.
And in this years sweltering Summer(hottest summer on record) it was particularly bad.
With almost 30 mm of rain in the last 24 hours, our top tanks are overflowing.
This was the first test of the new top water tank overflow system we set up recently.
After Cyclone Debbie(March/Apr 2017) we had various areas of the road side that had been damaged. We undertook to plant many of these areas in order to strengthen them and prevent further washouts.
This was another gully needed some planting to help hold the ground in place.
Water has always been an issue here.
Partly due to the steepness of our property(No flat land for tanks), and partly due to the intermittent nature of rain on the western side of the coastal ranges.
By our estimations, the house here at Arborlon was built about 20 years ago.We don’t know who built it, but as we’ve lived here now for two years, we’ve noticed how well they designed the aspects of the house to achieve natural heating and cooling. We have no need for heating or air-conditioning!