Saturday, 15 February 2014

Wet stuff falling from the sky

Rain.  Thank goodness it has arrived.  The ground has been so parched, for weeks, but this weekend it rained, a glorious soaking rain that has settled the dust and cooled the air (and fraying tempers).

It has been just lovely to hear the patter of steady rain on the roof, and it has been such a relief not having to worry about what plants need watering before they completely expire from the intense and ongoing heat waves.

The rain seems to be clearing a bit today, though I can see more rain coming.  The vegies, trees and I are enormously thankful.

But I am lucky.  I live in a place with access to plentiful, good quality town water, collected in large dams built for that purpose, and have a stable income stream from my day job in the city.

My heart goes out to farmers in our region and across Australia who are doing it tough at present.  Some already have layers of debt from previous years when Mother Nature failed to deliver.  Some are not sure if this present rain will actually save them and enable them to stay on the land.  Something is very wrong when our farmers run out of fodder due to drought, bulldoze their fruit trees, and struggle to feed their families.  Our farmers - men and women - are tough, but it's hard for anyone to maintain equilibrium in such tough times.

Our country is where it is now because we 'rode on the sheep's back' into prosperity.  In other words we have benefited, for years and years, from the hard yakka put in by farmers.

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[Above image from Wikipedia.]

I rarely get 'political' on this website, but our farmers are the backbone of who we are.  I believe our country are now at a crossroads.  We cannot let things go on the way it is, or we will end up serfs in our own country because Australians will not be able to afford to farm our own land.  Why should foreign interests reap what Australians, through blood sweat and tears, have sown, simply because successive governments haven't had the political will to DO something?  I believe it is in our national interest to generously support not only individual farmers, but more broadly farming and agriculture through government policy and 'fair trade' (as opposed to 'free trade', which just sells us out).  No matter how 'advanced' or 'technological' Australia is, we still need food and water.  These basic elements of life itself should be protected.

So I am posting up a link to Buy a Bale.  This website gives people an opportunity to support our farmers in their time of need.  It hopefully will also send a message to politicians that enough is enough and it is time to truly support agriculture in this country.

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Please have a look and open your hearts.


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