Thursday, March 15, 2007

Now and then

Last weekend we went to our bush block near Castlemaine. This is our empty dam, the distant figure in it, me.















This was the dam in the early 90s. It took 10 years to fill to this level, but has never filled again. 1,000,000 litres...
P.S. In answer to Sue's question about if the dam has partially filled since the early 90s: yes it has, and given the size of the dam, even partially full is quite enough water to swim around in. Over the years the dam has emptied and then half filled, quarter filled, large puddle - you get the idea.

15 comments:

Susie said...

How long has it been since you've had rain to refill it? The landscape looks so very dry...
I'm guessing it has filled partially at some point?

Jeanette said...

Hi Val,Not a drop of water to be seen,the country sure needs good rainfall and lets hope its very soon. I dont think anyone will complain at a few good downpours.(((hugs)))

DellaB said...

Oh Val... how sad! What a very graphic representation of this terrible drought...

Val said...

What a difference! What's the building in the background, Val?

Oh and yet another similar thing between us...I too love reading novels set in India! Started back in the seventies as a way of learning about India before our year long trip. Did you enjoy her Hullabaloo In The Guava Orchard? And what about R.K. Naryan's Malgudi series?

From the other Val (who is having serious identity problems in blogger comments!)

Tammy said...

What awesome pictures you've shared!!
:-D

Annette said...

That looks lovely with water in it. I am sorry it is so dry now with your drought. Want some of our rain? We got extra this past water year by about 12 inches. So far this water year we are ahead by 2.5 inches or so. I wish you luck on breaking the drought.

Annette

Alice said...

Oh damn, the dam's totally dry. Flying over Victoria this weekend showed that there are a lot of dry dams everywhere. I don't think I've ever seen that State looking so dry, and Gippsland is certainly the worst I can remember.

We had a little rain this morning - sounded lovely on the roof and made the crickets chirp. I hope there's more on the way.

I hope your dam receives water soon, Val. Even more, I hope those towns like Euroa and Kyneton (and others) that are so desperate for water get good rains this month.

Sonia said...

Wow, it's very sad, indeed!

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Oh, your poor dam! I hope you get some rain soon.

Meow said...

It sure looks sad, so dry, doesn't it. It's a mighty large dam ... must be wonderful when it's full ... I bet the ducks love it. Do you put fish in it ??
Great pics, Val.
Wasn't the rain this morning wonderful.
Take care, Meow

Cris said...

Who's the child in the water? So sorry about the dam, is it that dry there? No rains? Thanks!

jellyhead said...

Oh boy, what a grim reminder of the water we so desperately need. It may be time for a whole nation rain dance, methinks.

I hope you enjoyed the peace of being out at your block, despite the dry conditions.

Kerri said...

Oh dear, what a sad sight Val. It was so beautiful in the early 90's pic. Such a change. This really is a graphic depiction of how bad your terrible drought really is. I hope and pray the areas that so badly need rain will get some substantial rainfall in the near future.
I hope you enjoyed your long weekend away in spite of the lack of green.

Val said...

Meow,
the ducks as well as a very noisy heron love the dam when there's water in it. No, we didn't put in fish, but amazingly yabbies appeared there after a few years of water. Yabbies are a small freshwater crayfish (for non-Australian readers).

Cris, the child in the water is Toby, my oldest. He and his brother also had a rubber raft with plastic oars that they rowed themselves around in.

Val, the building in the background is a shed on the neighbors' property. The trees we planted on the fence line when I was pregnant with Toby (nearly 23 years ago) used to cover it up, but the trees are nearing the end of their lifespan and are gradually dying.

Despite the dry though, we still love to go up to our bush block - it's quiet and the rest of the world disappears!

catsmum said...

I still have a wee bit in my dam [ I'm on a bush block on the Muckleford side of Castlemaine out near the Steiner School ] but luckily the house water tanks are okay at the moment. I don't mind not having water to swim in but I sure as heck mind if there's nothing coming out of the taps.
How often do you get to come up here? Do you think you'll ever make the move permanently?