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Easter Long Weekend – here we come

So our camping kit was packed and my 11 year old son (let’s call him my QT) was excited that he and his friend would be camping over the weekend.

I, on the other hand was already exhausted from going to see My Fair Lady the previous night, then packing and preparing as well as working (all of those working Mums out there know exactly I am talking about).

We had a fabulous time (4 great days) with terrific family friends up on the Sunny Coast. The caravan park we stayed in was dedicated to families. It was a little kids’ dream – pools, water slides, pony rides, petting zoo, great scooter paths, movies every night – everything that 11 year old kids love.

I am pleased to say that we are now safely home, exhausted and a little bit browner however we are safe.

Here is where I get to the point of my story, today one of my football Mum friends sent me a link on Facebook which shows the kind of damage that being distracted on the road can cause. It has really shocked me.

road closed accident

A lorry driver in the UK was changing the music on his iPhone (whilst he was going 50mph (80.47kmph)). He drove straight into stationary traffic that was waiting to exit off the motorway. An entire family were killed in an instant. The footage was horrific and I cannot get it out of my head.

Here is the link if you want to find out more about this particular accident – actually I do not even think that you can call it an accident, this was just carnage!

I really wanted to remind everyone that as the Easter long weekend approaches to be aware of the precious cargo that you have on board and that the other families who are travelling next to you have on board.

We all know that you cannot control what others do on the road however we can control what we do.

The victim’s mother said that “it only takes a second of distraction to kill someone, destroying your life, your family’s lives, and those of your victim and their family”, this is absolutely true. If everyone takes a break, does not use their phone and drives diligently then I am sure that this year all of our families will return safely home.

Drive safely and remember double demerits!

Tracie

 

 

 

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Cyclone Debbie

It is hard to think that Cyclone Debbie has landed in far North Queensland and here we are 1000 kms south and the waters are perfect.

I am sure many of you have family and friends who are currently in the eye of the Cyclone or who will be in a matter of hours. It is truly worrying.

I was awake a lot last night checking my social media and watching the videos that people in FNQ had uploaded of the sheer ferocity of the wind. My eyes are a bit blurry this morning however it is reminding me so much of the anxiety that I felt watching the floods come into Brisbane in 2011. I cannot imagine how the families and the tourists are coping with this at the.

Whoever thought of buying kids ear muffs in order to ease the noise and their anxiety is a mastermind. My boy would have been driven to a panicked mess if he had to listen to that noise (which I have been told is like an air plane sitting next to your house).

I heard on the TV this morning that horse owners had written their mobile phone numbers on the sides of their horses in order to ensure that they could get them back as quickly as possible. #genius

QUEENSLAND CYCLONE DEBBIE

Living as a virtual cashless society must have caught a few people out (especially the tourists). I expect that the locals would have drained the banks of their cash reserves. Let’s face it if the areas does not have any electricity then the EFTPOS & ATM machines are not going to work. Cash will be king up there for a few days.

Anyway what started out as a little blog about the local water and how perfect it looked this morning has turned into a post about anxiety, cyclone hacks and challenges that the FNQ residents will have in front of them once this passes.

Good luck everyone in FNQ we are thinking of you and we share your pain.

Tracie