A wet, wet Christmas at Kilcowera

January 2, 2010

Box Creek way out of it's banks
Box Creek way out of it’s banks, between the quarters and the house.

 Well I got my wish!  It started raining early on Christmas morning and rained all day till about 4 o’clock!!!!  It was the bestest Christmas for a long time.  We ended up with 97 mls.  Kilcowera creek ran all over the place and the Box creek did too, so we had water every where, even a big flood through the campground at the quarters.  The lagoon is full and every other swamp that we have been able to get to is also full, some of them have not had water in them this decade. 

Floodwaters near the house at Kilcowera

We have not been able to get out to our Lake paddock much yet so we don’t know if all those creeks ran ( 2 did  and took a couple of hundred metres of boundary fence with them ).  At this stage we don’t know how much water went into Lake Wyara.  It was bone dry so it will take a lot of water to fill it.  

The birds are back and it looks like a lot of them are going to nest here, you can see some flying around with sticks and bits of wool in their beaks and parrots and budgerigars in and out of hollows in the trees.

A big swamp at the end of the airstrip

Then we had another 16 mls at the house on the 31st with storms to the north and west, much more rain than the 16 we measured.  The creeks are up again and we can’t go far at all unless it’s on foot or motorbike on the road.  I might be able to get across Box creek tomorrow on the 4 wheeler to see if the campground was flooded again and check out the lagoon.

Mulga Parrots enjoying "the big wet" at Kilcowera Station  outback Queensland

The country has responded so quickly to the rain and the grass and herbage is looking fantastic.  We haven’t had good summer rain since about 1996.  A person forgets how beautiful the place can be. I just hope that it keeps up and we get some more rain soon, being wet is a good problem to have.  Oh and I haven’t put a sprinkler on since December 24.  What a break from watering!

Road between house and Quarters at Kilcowera Station SW Queensland

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