Stranded and Isolated at Kilcowera

February 17, 2010


Yabbies caught at Kilcowera Station SW Qld.
Yabbies caught at Kilcowera Station SW Qld.

We have had so much rain here and in the district since Christmas that rivers, creeks and mulga flats have hardly stopped running. We missed an opportunity to put our car on the town side of the mulga flat just north of the house.  There was just a couple of days when it was dry enough to get across and then it rained again and the mulga flat hasn’t stopped running since. 

Mulga flat just north of our house, the only thing stopping us from getting to the main road.

Greg reckons we are like a pair of emus padding up and down the dingo fence: we can walk or ride a motor bike to check out Cardenyabba Creek, then Box Creek, then the mulga flat, then back home.  And that’s as far as we can go. 

When I first came to live out here I learnt to keep a well stocked pantry in case we were ever flooded in and have mostly done that, even though for the last 9 years it seemed a waste of time.  We also have to have enough fuel to last a month or two and plenty of gas for the stove.  It’s easy to overlook and forget things like toilet paper, batteries and personal products.  

Talking to a neighbour (George) a few days ago and they were running short of supplies so they asked the local council if they could bring some groceries down the road from Thargo. George and his employees would meet the council workers at the flooded Cardenyabba creek which was a meter over the road and about 200 meters wide.  Well they didn’t have a boat so they made a raft out of an old car roof rack and 20 liter plastic drums and floated the supplies across. George also told me about the people at one of the  NSW, QLD border gates nearby: they are chain smokers and had run out of smokes, they didn’t even try to slow down, just kept puffing away til the smokes were all gone!  Some frayed tempers down there!  I reckon they would just about walk to Hungerford to buy some more.

Jade and Kellie rafting the stores across Cardenyabba Creek.

Taking stock of my salad veg today I noted that I have 4 cherry tomatoes, 3 lettuce leaves and half a cucumber- with some onion and olives just enough for one more salad.  We have half a cabbage, some carrots, plenty of spuds, onions and pumpkin, one choko and 2 sweet potatoes.  Plenty of scope there.  I also have silverbeet in the garden, some zuchini bushes which refuse to have any female flowers and some okra plants – they are not flowering yet either.  But we also have tinned stuff and dried veg too. 

We are nearly out of bread so we will have to start making that soon and our meat supply is not great so I am rationing that as well.  We used to have chooks but they died last year so I have to buy eggs these days.  I’ve got 2 dozen and I am rationing them too as they will be taking the place of some meat dishes.  I was a half baked vegetarian in my youth and can make a mean vegetable curry or lentil dish when needed.  Then there’s fried rice, Macaroni Cheese, Tuna dishes, vegetable bolognese. Those zucchinis had better start flowering! 

I believe that supplies have been boated across the Bulloo River at Thargomindah for the last few days and some are also being flown in to the town as well, today.  

There does not seem to be any rain predicted for the next week or so, so the country should start to dry out a bit allowing us to have a better look around.  Lake Wyara should have a lot of water in it now.  The birds are plentiful once again and there are many different grasses all going to seed.  The lawn around our shearers quarters really needs mowing but we can’t get the mower down there.  Greg fertilised the Kikuyu just before one lot of rain and it is probably knee high by now as we have had 2 floods go through the campground in the last month.  He has also been busy making picnic tables and new fire places at the campground. 

 The flooded campground at Kilcowera Station.                                   The road that goes east away from the quarters at Kilcowera Station.

2 Responses to “Stranded and Isolated at Kilcowera”

  1. Having lived there in the late 60’s early 70’s you wait so long for rain,then when it comes you have a different set of problems. You could watch the vegetation grow it seemed to recover that quickly. And the bird come back again.

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