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So far from yesterday morning to 1pm we've had 265mm which is around 10.5 inches. And it's still going. Fortunately so far with little to no wind.

The frogs are still at it - since dark last night the Gracefuls, Greens and Striped Marsh have been singing together. Quite a cacophony! We love it! Used to have Ornate Burrowing frogs too but haven't heard them this season. 'Up the back' over our fence is a small patch of degraded bushland with some mature gums and mixed understory. There's a soak there which attracts frogs and no doubt toads since we've a few of them too. And I guess that's where they breed. The Striped Marsh breed in our bathtub frogpond.

It's a wonderful day for us here, the rain we needed and still coming, the groan, croak and pop of the frogs to keep company with the rain. And the rain is lying on the ground hopefully slowly soaking into what must have been quite compacted soil under what we laughingly-describe as 'lawn'.

The rain gauge, a domestic version of a professional design, made in Australia no less, takes 25mm (1 inch) in the central column then around 200mm in the outside cylinder.

I can see it from the back door but need to get we in order to read and empty it.

Final total for the Cyclone Marcia/tropical low: 17.25 inches (400+ mm). We should be set for the next 6-12 months with good water held in the soil.

And the Ornate Burrowing frogs are calling - a small ground-dwelling frog sometimes mistaken for a young cane toad; rarely seen. We have at least 3 calling males so let's hope there's some interested females hereabouts.

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Comment by Lissa on February 23, 2015 at 5:10

Re the rain causing lots of growth - I'm trying to control some of the rampant growth of chop and drop plants in particular. Huge clumps of decorative grass and Vetiver blocking pathways need to be cut back. Grass up to my ankles and a whipper snipper out of action. I will feel so much better once it's done!

Comment by Dave Riley on February 23, 2015 at 1:25

We were lucky that Marcia lost so much fury soon after it crossed the coast. Its mapped trajectory was reminiscent of the devastating 1954 Gold Coast cyclone.Then the Moreton Bay tide gauge measured a storm surge of 0.64m and boats were left stranded in treetops here at Beachmere. This time with Marcia it was King Tide time...so cyclone plus storm surge plus King Tide plus so much rain would have been a very nasty cocktail.As it is we just waited for our main road out of town to be drowned by the Caboolture River. Really benign if your home is leak proof.


1954 Gold Coast cyclone

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 22, 2015 at 21:13

Oh wow, you've got a whole different set of frogs to us here!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 22, 2015 at 20:55

I'm thinking the same Susan - my goodness, everything is gunna grow crazy!!!  

Comment by Susan Cook on February 22, 2015 at 20:02

Sorry to hear you have damage to a wall and ceiling Andy - hope it doesn't prove too costly for you.  

About half of the front yard is low lying, hence all the water, but luckily there was only minor damage to the driveway - the house is up on higher ground, thank goodness.  Will be so good for the plants and as Elaine mentioned - we should be set for the next 6 months or so.  Wonderful chorus of frogs here too - especially Pobblebonks and Beeping frogs (haven't seen an Ornate Burrowing frog here for years)

Comment by GayleD on February 22, 2015 at 19:26

Gosh Andy.  Reminds me of our house - first big rain we had visitor casually ask "are you meant to have water running down your wall?"  Became obvious that it wasn't the first time. 

Problem turned out to be those little bits that stick out of the roof for ventilation.  They didn't have the boots? on the bottom where they meet the roof - just silicon around to seal and that had aged and gone brittle.  Water was getting in there, then running down the truss to the lowest point, and then made its way down the inside of the wall and only appeared when it got to a downstairs window frame.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 22, 2015 at 18:20

Thanks wonderful folks.  All is good. 

Comment by Lissa on February 22, 2015 at 5:13

Hope it's not a frog down there :(

Incredible shots Susan of the animals sheltering. Your front yard reminds me of our place at Bribie that I grew up in - sea out the front and tidal creek behind. Used to flood a couple of feet deep during high tide/cyclone weather.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 22, 2015 at 0:41

To be honest, I'm shocked that something got stuck down there.  There are no trees even close to the height of my roof.  And, oddly enough, I don't really have gutters - there is one on the back of the garage.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 21, 2015 at 23:53

There's an expanded stainless steel perforated gutter guard which is fixed by screws or glue which stops a heckuva lot of stuff getting into the gutters.

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