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anyone badly effected by the storm? it was spectacular to watch it coming across the mountains - some gorgeous rainbows ( borrowed a friends photo - its looking towards our hill )we had good rain - planted lots yesterday morning - sweet potatoes pepinos, more mulberry trees cannas maranta more melons and cucs - though the carpet squares  hanging outside to dry from the burst hot water system got wet again  - silly me - forgot them !

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Comment by Lissa on October 22, 2016 at 13:30

Click on the link in Rob's post Mary-Ann :)

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on October 22, 2016 at 12:56

alright - curiosity has the better of me who is the double rainbow guy?

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on October 22, 2016 at 8:29

Storm damaged trees have you looked at turning into bio-char  they are starting   to  use  forest waste to produce electricity  in the United States   the wood is not incinerate but heated to create gas which is used to run a large engine and generator. This was used to run cars during the second world war but a lot of trees where cut down they call it producer gas and FEMMA in the united State have plans on how to build.

Comment by Lissa on October 22, 2016 at 5:22

Just loved the Double Rainbow Guy video. Laughed myself silly but his pure pleasure in the rainbow is contagious....and so funny (no offence to the cow).

Could really do with a good storm here at Strathpine to give the chokos a boost and the gardens a water. They just love a good thunder and lightening storm.

Comment by Rob Collings on October 20, 2016 at 13:18

Double rainbow guy would be envious.

Comment by Roger Clark on October 19, 2016 at 21:08

6 mm of rain at Park Ridge and a very large limb of a gum tree came crashing down bringing with it part of another tree. Luckily I have a chainsaw, and now a few days later the timber is sawn up and removed to the back paddock for burning. It could have been a lot worse, no other damage done. Not worth a piddling 6 mm's though.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 19, 2016 at 7:43

However welcome, these few mms are almost useless. Get a westerly to follow and it's all used up. Dig into the ground here and see why the Comfrey is wilting - it's just so dry and the 9mm goes nowhere to refill the water table. Without the wicking beds on this slope and with the big trees at the back, there would not be enough tank water to keep everything growing. Using town water complete with fluoride would mean excess water usage; we can filter out the chlorine but not the fluoride.

Comment by Mary-Ann Baker on October 19, 2016 at 7:32

wow Andrew - we thought 9 mm was awesome .. that will make the gardens bloom - and everything grow well ! 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on October 18, 2016 at 22:15

I ended up with 20 mm. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 18, 2016 at 17:20

Super double-arch Rainbow! Lovely photo :-) A whole 9 mm of rain, enough to wash the dust off the leaves.

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