In last weeks Australian bad things, I promised that this week I would show you a little bad thing much badder than the ants I had been talking about. But then I had a bad thing of my own happen.
For the last 24 hours or so we’ve had torrential rain here in southeast Queensland. When that happens, the rain flows from my back garden, which is on a slope, and comes down our concrete steps like an ornamental waterfall. It then forms an 8 inch deep puddle which surrounds the back of my house. At the side of the house, where there is a concrete pathway leading down to the road, it flows like a river.
Being the intrepid blogger I am, I grabbed my video camera, my crocs, (yes, those plastic shoes that come in a host of exciting colours, mine are black, that you can wear without socks and stand in 8 inch puddles with) and my umbrella. And out I went to capture some footage.
I’d got some great stuff and I was actually doing a live commentary for a change. And as I walked round the side of the house I got some even more fantastic footage of that river like flow down my side path.
Unfortunately, my crocs, (yes, those plastic shoes that come in a host of exciting colours, mine are black, that you can wear without socks and stand in 8 inch puddles with BUT ARE NOT KNOWN FOR THEIR GRIP!) gave way.
I had my camera in my right hand, I had my umbrella in my left, my backside was going south fast and my feet were heading sky ways. My left elbow took the biggest hit, but my £600 camera, after 5½ years of loving care, suffered double. The instructions clearly state “Do not immerse in water” and “Avoid high impact”. Oh dear.
I am not sure which is the more painful right now. My elbow, which is buried in a bag of frozen peas? Or the thought that I have to splash out (splash out – hahaha, that’s not funny!) on a new video camera.
If ever I manage to recover the footage from the mini DV cassette, now apparently stuck inside the compartment of my expired handycam, I am sure it will make a hilarious video. And I promise you will see it here first. I’d like to see what happened as much as you probably do.
Apparently, the rain will get even heavier tonight, so perhaps tomorrow I can re-enact the entire event for you. Until then, here is a much more boring video (apologies for the quality but I hope you understand) about our downpour.
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