Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Not a good start to 2011.

I've just been reading the news on the internet, and I feel so helpless when reading about the floods in Queensland. My own problems with Telstra pale into insignificance after reading about the thousands of people that are or will be homeless in the coming weeks and months. Farmers, business people and families in rural towns have lost just about everything. Crops are ruined, after growing so well for the first time in 10 or more years, with the end of the drought. End of a drought is one thing, but why does the weather have to swing from one extreme to the other?

Predictions for tomorrow's weather is frightening for most of our country - record heat for South Australia and Victoria, with warnings of possible bushfires. Flood damage worsening in Qld. and another cyclone is heading our way up north somewhere.

Of course most people know that we Aussies are not the only ones suffering from weather extremes. A friend in New Zealand posted a comment on her blog that they had more earthquakes in Christchurch on Boxing Day. The snow in parts of America has brought their airports to a standstill, and I saw some shocking footage of a multiple car pile-up where cars coming down a hill got out of control on the icy road, and just continued to ram into each other. God only knows if anyone was killed. It looked like someone in a house nearby was videotaping it, and had posted it on You Tube.

Whoever you are, and where ever you are, reading this blog, I hope you haven't been affected by severe weather, and my warmest wishes for a happy and safe New Year.

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