Heavy rain continued to fall through Thursday morning and we could hear and see water pouring down the mountain in lots of places.
We knew there would be more ‘damage’ to the road, and possibly to areas of our property too… so ventured out again when the rain eased.
We had good rain through the beginning of March, and in fact quite a bit more than average. By the end of the month we had had around 200mm, which is more than twice the monthly average.
This wasn’t all bad, as we had just moved our main water tank, and needed good rain to fill it.
What we have discovered over a short period of time is that the road plays a big part in water delivery and flow over our property.
So we do ‘work’ on various bits of Lamington National Park Rd which runs above Arborlon.
Running alongside about 5km of our property’s boundary is Lamington Nation Park Rd. This long windy road leads from our local town Canungra up the mountain to the Green Mountain section of Lamington National Park.
There are things we dislike about the road – eg: slow traffic, but there are many more things that bring us a little joy and comfort on the road to.
One of our major issues at Arborlon is Erosion. Running or flowing water has caused significant erosion in most gullies across our property and severely affected the house hill. Now that the South path Wall is finished we can continue to add some more elements of our water control plan.
One of those is the use of Whoa-boys. Don’t know what a Whoa-boy is… neither did we. At least not by that name.
For the second time this winter we got an extraordinary weather pattern that brought about unseasonable wind and rain to South East Queensland. An east coast Low pressure system, inconjunction with a surface trough brought us strong winds and unseasonable rain. br> br>
We only received 75+ mm, but this represents a significant on day fall when the monthly average is just 42mm. br> br>
The total recorded here(so far) for July 2016 is 300.5 mm – representing more than 7 times the average for the month.
The Weekend of the 4th-5th June brought a rare and dangerous confluence of weather systems to the Eastern Coast of Australia, and for us, heavy rain for the Soth East corner of Queensland. Especially the Scenic Rim.
Comfrey helps to provide nutrients for your soil and the leaves are great for the compost heap as comfrey’s quick rotting leaves work with bacteria and soil organisms to help speed the composting of dried leaves and other high carbon materials.
We plant comfrey in all of our garden beds because the deep tap roots help to break up our heavy clay soil.
After the first big rain we had here since arrival, we have a new respect for the road above our property.
Respect may not be the right word, but we definitely understand it more and what it’s impacts are on the surrounding environment.