Every Passing Day


Just a quick update of what’s been happening after the horrendous floods from last week.  Many homes are still without power and the truth of the damage is coming to light more and more as the water levels recede.  However, the spirit of the Australian people is just unbelievable, this past weekend people came from all over Australia and New Zealand to help with the cleanup… an army of big-hearted volunteers shouldering brooms, mops and shovels began digging and sweeping Brisbane and surroundings out of the mud.  In a remarkable display of community love and spirit, so many signed on for duty, ready to  just bend their backs to help fellow residents (mates) reclaim their homes and waterlogged possessions from the sludge left behind by the worst floods ever.   This brought tears to my eyes … something I will never forget!!!


There are many people who did wonderful heroic and courageous things during and after the floods, but there are many who did things that meant a lot more and might not be recognised.  To them we all say thank you!! 

This wildlife warrior risked his life to rescue this injured little joey…(I am happy to say this one made it…many did not)

We all are humbled by the love, spirit and courage Queenslanders have for each other in these difficult times…and proud to be one of them!!!!

*Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.*  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson (http://www.quotegarden.com/)


I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold –
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

Dorothea Mackellar

23 Responses to “Every Passing Day”

  1. Deeply moving. xxx

  2. Those pictures of people from all over coming to help clean up after the floods is definitely the rainbow after the storm. Thanks for posting this. God bless.

  3. *wipes tears from her eye*

  4. This is really touching.. Good to see people don’t give up. Thanks for sharing this. Good luck with everything. xox

  5. Truly a great tribute to awesomeness in tragedy! That Tsunami was reported here to just come out of nowhere! That was some pretty cool pics and even cooler people!

  6. The true measure of humanity, and the silver lining of a dark tragedy. Thanks for sharing!

  7. how beautiful are those people who reach out and help those in distress.

    sweet, beautiful poem to praise your motherland.

  8. This post brought tears to my eyes Amanda. Like you said, “the spirit of the Australian people is just unbelievable”. God bless to you all xx

  9. A wonderful post my friend…hope all is well with you.

  10. My heart goes out to all of you that have endured this disaster. How wonderful that your people gather to help out. If there is a silver lining to a black cloud of disaster, it is the outpouring of love and kindness of others willing to join in the work of recovery. Beautiful post. Blessings to you, Amanda…

  11. What a tribute to the spirit of Australians, Amanada. Everyone, flooded or shoveling, is an incredible example. I pray that I could have even a smidgen of the courage shown – given a similar situation.

  12. Angela Cohan Says:

    So beautiful and heartfelt–just lovely

  13. BLESS YOU.

    GOD bLESS…
    lovely tribe, stay hopeful…

  14. The love you have for your country came through loud and clear in your heartfelt poem, Amanda. Happy to hear that your community and surrounding communities are rallying around each other. Crisis often will do that to people–it will show us their best.


  15. The pic of that little Joey is heart-wrenching, Amanda! So touching too to see the photo’s and read your lovely words of the hope and kinship among the people…heart-healing. THank you for sharing this and special thoughts to your part of the world, xo

  16. I’ve been thinking of you. Thanks for posting this update. Wonderful when folks pull together like this. And the gentleman with the Joey. Too sweet. Glad he made it and glad you said so.

    Hang tough. Love and prayers are with you all.

  17. I was so saddened to see this on TV here (US) – most of the world thinks of Oz as an arid land. We Aussies are tough though; we do & will, bounce back!

  18. Hi,
    My name is Alicia and I was wondering if you could give me permission to use your picture in my presentation. I don’t want the right or anything I would just like to use in my presentation. Can you please let me know as soon as possible because it is for 2014 Premier’s Anzac Prize

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