While my friends in the Northern Hemisphere have been battling snow and the freezing temperatures that come with a particularly cold Winter, we in Oz have been dealing with the problems that Summer brings us.
They are dealing with temperatures around 40 C and being told "to activate their bushfire plans. "
This means they have to decide to stay and attempt to fight the fires and protect their homes thus endandgering their own lives or flee - get out before the fires cut them off from safety.
The people from western New South Wales have been dealing with a very different problem
You've heard the saying "It never rains but it pours "? Well I think that was invented just for Australia. If it's not drought it's floods.
Recently two farming regions in Australia’s eastern state of New South Wales have been declared natural disaster zones after days of torrential rains caused major flooding and cut off hundreds of residents.
People rode away in motorboats and farmers herded horses and cattle through the deep water to higher ground in an effort to save their stock.
In the north of Western Australia the residents have already dealt with the first cyclone of the season. They have been buffeted by 280 kilometre an hour winds. Ports have been closed and ships have been moved out to deeper water to ride out the cyclone.
Now they dealing with the damage caused by these destructive winds and rain.
And after Nature has finished there is still more to deal with.
Mosquitos - Authorities are now worried about an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases like Ross River Fever.
"The mozzies are big grey ones and you walk outside and they cover all of your arms and your legs and they come in on your back - everybody is complaining about them," a resident reported.People have been talking about the towns running out of Aeroguard !
And now for the big finale !
A RED ALERT has been issued in Kununurra (WA ) as rains cause cane toad numbers to explode and the pests move to within 27km of the rural Kimberley town!
EVERYBODY hates these disgusting creatures !
And boy they can grow very BIG!
Not all of us are off enjoying a lovely Summer holiday at the beach.
(all photos and information today are from the Internet)