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January 29, 2014 / diannegray

It’s cyclone season in Aussie land

I’d love to go outside and take a picture of the wall we built this week on the Northern side of the RUC, but it’s a little breezy at the moment. We’re expecting a cyclone to hit soon – it hasn’t been named yet because it’s still classified as a tropical low, but I have it on good authority (i.e. I’m guessing) it will be called Dylan.

In case you’re wondering how cyclones or hurricanes are named I gleaned a little information from the Bureau of Meteorology at 4am. What’s that you say? Me up at 4am worried about a bit of wind? You betcha!

The following is taken from their website.

Tropical cyclone naming policy

  1. Tropical cyclone names in each list alternate male and female
  2. Names of cyclones that have already significantly affected the Australian region cannot be used again
  3. If two or more cyclones are occurring simultaneously, similar sounding names (eg June & Jane) are avoided to minimise confusion
  4. Names should not be capable of being construed to subject the Bureau to criticism or ridicule (eg naming a sequence of cyclones after politicians)
  5. Lists of names are coordinated with neighbouring meteorological services to avoid duplication

Number 4 gave me a bit of a giggle.

I looked through the list of names for 2013-14 and guess what? Dianne is on the list.

Apparently a lot of people request their names be added to the list, but it can take up to fifty years for your name to be allocated to a cyclone. I feel so insulted special. I just hope when Dianne is chosen she turns out to be a stiff breeze and not a catastrophic nightmare.

I took a picture from the writer’s nook yesterday when the sun decided to make a brief appearance to let us know it still existed above the wind and rain.

Rainbow 001 (2)

Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me that Dylan behaves and doesn’t cause us too much angst.

Chances are I may be offline for a few days so don’t think I’m being a complete snob not stopping by your blogs to say hello 😉

How is the weather in your neck of the woods?



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  1. Theo Fenraven / Jan 29 2014 5:08 am

    Nice rainbow. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 5:09 am

      I just wish I had a better camera (or was a better photographer). It was spectacular 😀


  2. Jill Weatherholt / Jan 29 2014 5:10 am

    Be safe, Dianne! Wow, what a view from your writer’s nook!


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 5:58 am

      It’s a beautiful view, Jill – a bit breezy at the moment and bound to get worse in the coming days, but that rainbow added a load of brightness 😀


  3. mrscarmichael / Jan 29 2014 5:27 am

    what a beautiful photo. Hope all is well. having just had a mini tornado in the Shires I can understand how frightening these things can be.

    I do have a ghastly feeling that I would want my male to be a biggy and feel guilty for it.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 6:00 am

      Nature at it’s most frightening! Any tornado or cyclone puts you in the mindset of how powerless we are if mother nature decides to put on a show…


  4. Roy McCarthy / Jan 29 2014 5:28 am

    Wow, great pic. Yes I hope you’re not going to get a bad name like Katrina or Ike so that people gasp when they speak of you. Here on the Jersey coast the wind whines around the building constantly – I love it and can’t believe other have installed shutters against the sound 😦


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 6:03 am

      That’s wonderful, Roy. I’m not a great fan of cyclonic wind, but I do enjoy a stiff breeze. And you’re so right about the naming – imagine people saying things like ‘Dianne destroyed half the north coast!’ – yikes! 😉


  5. Photos With Finesse / Jan 29 2014 5:32 am

    I laughed at #4 too – can picture Hurricane Rob Ford – Toronto’s crack-smoking, drunken dipstick of a mayor who is a true blowhard! Would definitely bring criticism and ridicule to the bureau. Stay safe!


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 6:12 am

      I’ve heard about Rob Ford – now there’s a lot of wind!

      Staying safe now. The boat is locked away (very important for the fisherman in the family) so there’s no need for anyone to worry now LOL 😉


      • Photos With Finesse / Jan 29 2014 1:28 pm

        Pretty sad when a mayor in Canada is infamous down below. That said, we’re extremely fortunate in Calgary to have Mayor Nenshi. Outspoken, but a true leader. When we flooded badly last June, this was one of my favourite quotes.

        “I can’t believe I actually have to say this, but I’m going to say it. The river is closed. You cannot boat on the river. I have a large number of nouns that I can use to describe the people I saw in a canoe on the Bow river today. I am not allowed to use any of them. I can tell you, however, that I have been told that despite the state of local emergency, I’m not allowed to invoke the Darwin law.

        If you are on the river we have to rescue you. If we have to rescue you we’re taking away valuable resource from others. Every time we have to pull a rescue boat onto the river, it means there is not a rescue boat in a community that is flooded. It is selfish and it is ridiculous for you to be on the river. So, do not do it. Stay off the river no matter what kind of thrills you’re interested in coming for and I won’t use any of the nouns that I really want to use.”


      • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 4:01 pm

        What an amazing speech! I totally agree 😀


  6. Minuscule Moments / Jan 29 2014 5:36 am

    Dianne what a beautiful rainbow Im hoping it is a good sign that Dylan is going to behave and not have a tantrum. Stay safe. Hope it is all over quickly.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 6:14 am

      They’re predicting it may cross quickly as a cat 1 (if Dylan behaves) which is good. But these things can be very unpredictable indeed, so it’s just fingers crossed at the moment 😉


  7. suth2 / Jan 29 2014 5:38 am

    We had a 42 degree day here in Metung, Victoria yesterday. Too hot for me.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 6:15 am

      What a land of extreme weather conditions! Vic and NSW are really copping a hammering from that heat. Try and stay cool 😉


  8. DaydreamsInWonderland / Jan 29 2014 5:46 am

    I hope the cyclone (if it rolls through) doesn’t hit you guys too hard. That’s a gorgeous photo too, btw. Such a perfect rainbow. I’ve yet to capture one myself.

    As for the weather here, there are sub-zero temps. (Fahrenheit) So, its pretty darn cold. So, I won’t be venturing out much either – unless, of course, it’s out of necessity.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 6:26 am

      It would be lovely to live somewhere with perfect all-year-round weather conditions, but, alas, I don’t believe there is such a place on earth. We have perfect weather here for 90% of the year, but that 10% of shite weather really makes up for it! 😉

      Stay warm and safe 😀


  9. Carrie Rubin / Jan 29 2014 5:58 am

    I hope everything turns out okay for you, especially since you’ve put all that hard work into the RUC. We’re surrounded by icy cold, snow, and grayness in my area of the world, much colder than Ohio usually is in the winter. Hopefully Cyclone Dianne and Blizzard Carrie won’t show their faces anytime soon. 😉


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 6:30 am

      LOL! I’d love to see a blizzard Carrie here now 😀

      Weather conditions are pretty crazy at the moment – far south of us they are experiencing a heat-wave and bush fires. I’ve been through a bush fire and, frankly, I’d rather face a cyclone any day (and that’s saying something because I hate cyclones) 😉


  10. Jenny Ackland / Jan 29 2014 6:21 am

    Stay safe Dianne, hope it doesn’t get too blowy for you. Thinking of you from down south. We have the heat here!


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 6:32 am

      That heat in the southern states is atrocious! I was down south for Christmas and it was bad enough then, but it seems to have gotten worse. Stay cool and safe and I hope you’ve got the air-con cranked up! 😀


  11. davidprosser / Jan 29 2014 6:33 am

    Good luck Dianne, may you and yours be safe.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


  12. Letizia / Jan 29 2014 6:42 am

    How funny that people want their names added to the list, with all the possible destruction that may ensue! Well, I hope this one sweeps by calmly and ends with another beautiful rainbow (I don’t think I’ve ever seen an entire rainbow like that). Here in the NYC area it’s particularly cold and snow is still on the ground so it’s warm soups, cuddles, and good books to get us through the evenings 🙂


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 7:21 am

      I couldn’t resist taking a pic of that rainbow, Letizia (even though I had to rummage through the house looking for the camera, the rainbow was still there when I got back) 😉

      Snow on the ground, warm soups, cuddles and good books in NYC sounds very romantic indeed! 😉


      • Letizia / Jan 29 2014 7:41 am

        I’m laughing at the image of you running around trying to find your camera hoping the rainbow was still there!

        We had the most beautiful sunset here last night. It was over before I could turn around and grab the camera but it will forever be imprinted in my mind. I think the rare polar cold created it.


  13. T. W. Dittmer / Jan 29 2014 6:45 am

    Tuck in and keep your head down. It’ll pass.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 7:21 am

      I’ll stay in the trenches until it blows over 😉


  14. anotherday2paradise / Jan 29 2014 7:07 am

    What a lovely rainbow, Dianne! Wasn’t Dylan’s song called ‘Hurricane’? No matter, I’m sure the grass in your field must be really ‘Blowin’ in the wind’. Stay safe, dear friend. I’ll be thinking of you. xx


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 7:22 am

      Haaaa! The master of puns – I love it, Sylvia! 😀

      Thank you 😉


  15. Janna G. Noelle / Jan 29 2014 7:11 am

    Seriously? That’s your view from your writing spot? My view looks out onto a crappy car-park with a dumpster. I’m officially jealous.

    Just imagine how those grasses will blow when the cyclone hits. Might be rather meditative to watch.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 7:26 am

      It looks like an ocean of green and you can actually see the wind sweeping past in waves. It would be amazing if I wasn’t a lily-livered scaredy-cat 😀

      I just love my view, it’s (usually) so peaceful and inspiring 😉


      • Janna G. Noelle / Jan 30 2014 5:58 am

        I forgot to wish you happy Australia Day, by the way. 😀 That was on the 26th, wasn’t it?


      • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 7:27 am

        Yes it was! Thank you, I had a great day with friends over and loads of fun times (music, food, wine…) 😀


      • Janna G. Noelle / Jan 30 2014 12:39 pm

        That’s great. 😀 Australia Day is sort of unofficially celebrated in and around Vancouver as well, there being so many of your countrymen hanging their hats here (especially Whistler, the ski resort town).


  16. Ruth Rainwater / Jan 29 2014 8:17 am

    Wow – hope the worst passes you by! Having lived in the hurricane-prone south here in the US I can understand your fear. I’m living in Arizona now where we’re having warmer-than-normal winter. Our daily highs are in the low to mid 70s(F) and we’ve had only a couple of light freezes overnight so far. I hate to think what the summer is going to be like if it’s already this warm; it’s not unusual for us to have a couple of months in a row of over 100 degree highs, and days over 110.

    And I too am jealous of that view – absolutely gorgeous!!


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 8:51 am

      It may hit slightly south of us (they’ve mentioned that just in passing and I ‘m holding dearly to that thought!) But it has been incredibly windy and rainy here for a few days – the cyclonic winds haven’t hit yet (and they’re very scary as you would know).

      Arizona sounds wonderful in winter, but when the temp hits 100 I’d be lizard-lounging in front of the air-conditioner 😀


      • Ruth Rainwater / Jan 29 2014 9:06 am

        That’s what most of us do, Dianne! We go from AC homes to AC cars to AC stores and fight over shady parking spots!


      • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 9:48 am

        I like the shady parking spots. It’s yucky getting into a hot car and not being able to touch the steering wheel for fear of 3rd degree burns! 😉


      • Ruth Rainwater / Jan 29 2014 10:01 am

        And I have to give up my long, dangly, metal, earrings for the summer. Have you ever burned your neck after getting into a hot, hot, car?? Not fun!!


      • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 3:57 pm

        Haaaa! I shouldn’t laugh – that’s a terrible feeling 😦 I once burned my neck when I wore a metal necklace in a sauna 😉


      • Ruth Rainwater / Jan 29 2014 4:02 pm

        Ouch! There are still times I would forget and wear the long metal ones. 🙂


  17. ramblingsfromamum / Jan 29 2014 9:04 am

    Oh dear, the only issue with living up North, I envy your view and writers nook, I loved the pic of the rainbow. Hopefully if The big D comes, he will float on by without too much disturbance 🙂 if not buckle up girl, batten down those hatches charge your mobile..if it can work during and stay safe! Thoughts are with you and the fam. xxx


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 9:47 am

      Thanks so much, Jen! I’m buckled up and the boat’s in the shed (no.1 priority for the fisherman in the family – we can all sleep a whole lot better now!) 😀

      The rainbow appeared again this morning, I’m hoping it’s a sign. Thanks for the best wishes, my darling xxx


      • ramblingsfromamum / Jan 29 2014 9:50 am

        Hell yeah save the boat! 😉 rainbows are a good sign, let’s be positive, hang in there, I’ll wait for your return. xxx


      • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 9:54 am

        As long as the wi-fi is working I’ll be here 😀


      • ramblingsfromamum / Jan 29 2014 10:31 am

        🙂 good


  18. avwalters / Jan 29 2014 9:08 am

    Oh my! One forgets that one’s own freak weather may have to share the spotlight. Keep plenty of fresh water and hang in there for the duration. I have friends visiting Australia just now (Hobart), they’ve been commenting on the heat. This this may give them some special down-under memories of their vacation.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 9:51 am

      It’s very hot in the southern states at the moment. Here in the north it’s monsoon season (which brings the cyclones).

      I went to the shop yesterday and there was only one 10 litre water container left, so I bought it. One of my greatest fears is having no water because I drink copious amounts of it 😀


  19. nrhatch / Jan 29 2014 9:25 am

    ALL hurricanes and cyclones should be named after politicians ~ since they are so often blow hards! :mrgreen:

    Great rainbow. Stay safe!


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 9:52 am

      Haaaa – so true! They wreak havoc wherever they blow 😉

      Thanks so much for the well wishes 😀


  20. Billy Ray Chitwood / Jan 29 2014 9:35 am

    Great suggestion by nrhatch (above)… My fingers are crossed. Batten down the hatches and be safe. Love the beautiful green field.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 9:54 am

      It’s very green at the moment, Billy Ray. The sugar cane is growing well and hopefully it won’t be blown down by the wind when it picks up.

      Hatches are battened – check. Plenty of water – check. Wi-fi still working – check. Wine in the fridge – big check! 😀


      • Jill Weatherholt / Jan 29 2014 10:09 am

        “Wine in the fridge”…most important check! You’re ready, Dianne. 🙂


      • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 3:57 pm

        Bring it on! 😀


      • bulldog / Jan 29 2014 3:22 pm

        what of the chocolate..??


      • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 4:11 pm

        Good grief! A quick trip the shops is in order!


  21. Jacqui Murray / Jan 29 2014 12:27 pm

    California frightens people with our earthquakes, but I find hurricanes and tornadoes far more fearsome. Good luck!


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 3:59 pm

      Thanks, Jacqui. I’m just finishing off the ‘flying missile’ clean-up now 😉


  22. agjorgenson / Jan 29 2014 1:36 pm

    The world is so interesting. You are hunkering down for a hurricane, and I am hunkering down for freezing cold weather. All the same, these moments can be inspiring… a good book at the ready, along with appropriate snacks and liquid snacks! Stay safe.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 4:02 pm

      Thanks, Allen. Hunkering down is a great saying because that’s exactly what I’m doing. Keep warm and stay safe in that freezing weather 😉


  23. jmgoyder / Jan 29 2014 3:21 pm

    How interesting and good luck!


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 4:03 pm

      Thanks, Julie! I hope the weather is okay in your neck of the woods now 😀


      • jmgoyder / Jan 29 2014 6:07 pm

        Hot and windy but not cyclonic!


  24. bulldog / Jan 29 2014 3:21 pm

    Have a look at my blog this morn and you will see what kind of day we’re having… hope the tropical storm does not become a cyclone… how can they choose a name like Dianne for a tropical storm… you don’t get all bitter and twisted or angry and blowy do you ??


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 4:04 pm

      I’m often full of wind 😉

      I’m heading over to you place now for a look 😀


  25. Pagadan / Jan 29 2014 3:21 pm

    I love that photo with the rainbow! I hope your weather stays good and not too stormy. Here in Florida, we’ve had a long cold spell, but after this current cold front coming through, we’ll be warming up again.


    • diannegray / Jan 29 2014 4:11 pm

      It’s nice to know that you’ll be moving into summer soon. It’s been a long and bitter winter in the States 😦

      The rainbow was just beautiful and it came back again this morning! 😀


  26. the eternal traveller / Jan 29 2014 8:03 pm

    Stay safe up there Dianne. Hopefully Dylan will change his mind, as cyclones often do, and head off back out to sea. I’ll be thinking of you and the RUC.


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 7:22 am

      Dylan is moving south now. We had some gales last night that were a bit hairy, but I think (hope) the worst is over – YAY!


  27. char / Jan 30 2014 12:40 am

    Crossing my fingers for you! I love the picture of the rainbow. Stay safe.


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 7:23 am

      Thank yo so much, Char. The rainbow appeared two mornings in a row – that’s got to be a good sign 😀


      • char / Jan 30 2014 7:49 am

        Rainbows are always good omens.


  28. tchistorygal / Jan 30 2014 2:59 am

    Well, Dianne, the tropical storm, it looks like things are coming up pots of gold right in your sugar canes. I don’t think I’d be sitting inside waiting for them to come closer, but out there chasing the end of the rainbow. 🙂 Our biggest wish right now is for rain. We are officially having a drought. Groves of orange trees all around us are dying. It’s an act of Congress, literally to get water here. There are salmon and smelt in other parts of the state that die by the tens of thousands if we water our crops.


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 7:26 am

      The rainbow appeared two mornings in a row, Marsha – it was beautiful 😀

      The storm has now moved south, and we only got gales last night (that was bad enough for me!) and I’m glad we didn’t get a direct hit.

      Drought is a horrible thing. We get massive droughts here in Australia and then it doesn’t rain, it pours and we get flooded. It seems to come in extremes 😦


      • tchistorygal / Jan 30 2014 8:30 am

        We get that too. Remember the dust bowl in the 1930s? So many people came here, specifically to Visalia. The town flooded in 1937, and Steinbeck came to investigate for his story, Grapes of Wrath. Visalia got a pretty bad rap for how well they were prepared to help people. Our social system back then was not prepared for the onslaught of either rain or immigrant.

        I finished editing my book – at least to the best of my ability. Right now I am taking a class on writing children’s books from the Australian Writer’s Centre that Carol recommended.

        I can’t wait for your new books to come out! 🙂


      • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 8:59 am

        I’m very exited about you finishing the editing – what an achievement. Congrats! 😀


      • tchistorygal / Jan 30 2014 9:21 am

        Thanks. Now it’s to the now what stage! 🙂


  29. Bonnie / Jan 30 2014 8:33 am

    When living on the east coast years ago, there was Hurricane Bonnie centered in North Carolina. We had gone to vacation there, and had just missed the storm. The newspaper had a front page headline, with an image of a line of cars bumper to bumper on the freeway, trying to get out of town. The headline read: Millions Flee the Wrath of Bonnie! I have looked and looked for the copy of that paper, but I can’t find it! I was starting a new job at the same time and told them that they were safe with me, my mother had weathered all my storms as teenager. I totally get why you would want one named after you! Stay safe and dry and ok over there!!


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 9:00 am

      Oh – would LOVED to have seen that headline, Bonnie! It would look great on a frame on your wall 😉

      What a classic 😀


  30. tw / Jan 30 2014 8:44 am

    This is a beautiful photo Dianne. I very much hope Dylan proves to be a damp squib rather than a full-on storm. Here in the UK everywhere is waterlogged. It has rained and rained for weeks and tomorrow we’re forecast more rain and severe gales. Many people in the county of Somerset are flooded and only able to get to the shops, Drs, work etc by boats that have been running for over a month now. If it carries on we’ll need an ark!


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 9:02 am

      Good grief – that’s terrible 😦 I hope you’re staying dry xxx

      We’ve also had an enormous amount of rain and also king tides, but it’s not at the ‘ark’ stage yet 😉


  31. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 30 2014 8:46 am

    I hope Dylan behaves himself!! We are experiencing the polar opposite and dealing with more snow than I have seen since I was a kid. I put a picture on Twitter and Facebook. Say safe, my friend!!


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 9:03 am

      Thank you, my dear. I’ll scoot over to look at your pic right now 😉


  32. Yatin / Jan 30 2014 8:49 am

    For some reason in US the worst hurricanes we’ve been hit by are all female names!
    Stay safe.


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 9:04 am

      The females are always the most powerful 😉

      Thank you so much for coming by and wishing me well – very much appreciated! 😀


      • Yatin / Jan 30 2014 9:18 am

        Who can deny that fact. My blog a fitting testimony of that. 🙂


  33. susipet / Jan 30 2014 9:51 am

    Great photo!


  34. Sheila / Jan 30 2014 10:39 am

    The writer’s nook looks magical with that rainbow there. All hurricanes should really be named after politicians. I’m sure we could easily go back in history to find enough names. Good luck with Dylan! We’ve had a few crazy snowstorms but now we’re starting to get too used to it so there aren’t as many cancellations – still hoping for more snow days though!


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 2:52 pm

      Dylan has behaved himself and moved further south (YAY) – but there is another one forming 😦 I’m just hoping they don’t call it Dianne…


  35. 4amWriter / Jan 30 2014 11:07 am

    Well, here we’re at the tail end of what they’re calling the Polar Vortex. Eek. We’ve had a straight week of below zero temperatures, and it’s so cold that some schools cancelled classes because people can get frostbite in a matter of minutes in these frigid conditions.

    Stay safe!


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 2:53 pm

      Now that’s cold! Yikes 😦

      Stay warm! 😉


  36. jmmcdowell / Jan 30 2014 11:16 am

    We have colder than normal temperatures right now, but I really shouldn’t complain. Back in the Midwest where my family still lives, they’ve reached -25F (-31C) for temperatures and wind chills of -70F (-57C).

    I hope your weather doesn’t devolve into anything worse than a stiff breeze—stay stafe!


    • diannegray / Jan 30 2014 2:55 pm

      The US has had a very bitter winter indeed thanks to that polar vortex. I’m sure you’ll be looking forward to some lovely summer days in a few months 😀

      We had a very stiff breeze last night and Dylan has moved south, but there’s another one on the horizon. Oh dear…


  37. IntrovertedSarah / Jan 30 2014 3:42 pm

    I shall be thinking of your during the season, Dianne and hoping the rains behave. It’s hot and humid here but nothing to complain about and hopefully that will flow your way too.


    • diannegray / Feb 1 2014 6:50 am

      Thank you so much, Sarah. The rains behaved this time, it got a little windy but hit south of us so I’m very relieved 😀


      • IntrovertedSarah / Feb 3 2014 12:11 pm

        I am so glad. I have been watching it on the news, thinking about you. 🙂


      • diannegray / Feb 4 2014 6:01 am

        Thank you 😀 There’s more on the way. I check BOM about 10 times a day!


  38. maggiemyklebust / Jan 30 2014 4:35 pm

    Keep safe, Diane.


    • diannegray / Feb 1 2014 6:50 am

      Thank you, Maggie. I’m a chicken so I’m always safe 😉


  39. harulawordsthatserve / Jan 30 2014 7:41 pm

    What a beautiful photo – wow!!! Loving the rainbow AND makes me think, be sure you’re wearing red shoes over the next few days so you can click them and repeat ‘there’s no place like home’ if this ‘Dylan’ gets any ideas. May you be safe and filled with muse! Blessings, H xxx


    • diannegray / Feb 1 2014 6:51 am

      All safe on the home front now, Harula. Dylan decide he liked the places to the south better and that was just fine with me! 😉


  40. jannatwrites / Jan 31 2014 3:01 am

    I think they should have a political season, where all of the cyclones are named after political figures or infamous people in history. That’s just the way my twisted mind works. I hope you are staying safe and the winds are calming down. Thanks for sharing and leaving us with that beautiful rainbow!


    • diannegray / Feb 1 2014 6:54 am

      The rainbow came back the next day as well, Janna – it was beautiful! 😀

      The cyclone decided it liked the southern areas better and took off in that direction. I was pretty glad about that 😉


  41. cocoaupnorth / Feb 1 2014 5:00 am

    Interesting the cyclone naming:-). Take care and enjoy the beautiful views from your nook.


    • diannegray / Feb 1 2014 6:57 am

      Thank you so much, my dear. It’s a paradise here, but no place is perfect and I guess cyclones are the price we pay for beautiful weather for 99% of the year 😉


  42. restlessjo / Feb 1 2014 7:23 am

    Oh goodness! I wouldn’t want to be sitting there waiting, with my lovely new home possibly in the firing line. Got the prayer mat out. Stay safe, Dianne. 🙂


    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:54 am

      Thank you, Jo. The prayer mat worked and the cyclone moved south – YAY! 😀


  43. Trish / Feb 1 2014 4:28 pm

    I enjoyed reading your post about the weather in north Queensland. I like your writing. I’m in Canberra where it’s presently 37 very dry degrees. The grass has been dead for weeks.


    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 5:59 am

      I used to live in Canberra, Trish and I know how hot dry it can get 😦

      Thanks so much for coming by to say hello! 😀


  44. pommepal / Feb 1 2014 8:26 pm

    Well it is all over again till next time. We had been told on the GC to expect BIG swells as the King tide and cyclone approached. I must admit it was a bit of an anticlimax here. We got up early and camera in hand rushed down to take photos. But it was grey and overcast with only an average swell so no photos… Hope it by passed your corner of Queensland


    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 6:04 am

      We got some pretty hairy gales, but Dylan missed us – thank goodness, although we did have some local flooding but it didn’t come as far as the RUC. I believe there may be another on the way, but it my be closer to you than to me. Having said that, these things can be highly unpredictable and go anywhere 😉


      • pommepal / Feb 2 2014 8:07 am

        Pleased to hear you are ok yes will have to watch this next one


  45. gabrielablandy / Feb 1 2014 8:57 pm

    Things never seem dull in your life! What an incredible photo as well, and I did appreciate that info on naming as I’ve always wondered how it worked.


    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 6:05 am

      There’s rarely a dull moment here, Gabriela 😉 I’m so glad you like the photo – that rainbow came back the next day as well 😀


  46. Naomi Baltuck / Feb 2 2014 8:58 am

    Hoping all is well down under, and that you weathered the storm.


    • diannegray / Feb 2 2014 10:26 am

      The storm is passed and I’m doing a happy dance, Naomi! YAY 😀


  47. Kozo Hattori / Feb 4 2014 8:56 am

    Yay, I just got a comment from you on my blog, so you must be ok. Love the name of Dylan and Dianne for a Cyclone. Glad you are well. Seriously. {{{hugs}}} Kozo


  48. Hazy Shades of Me / Feb 5 2014 7:28 am

    Uh, now that I’ve rested my scrolling fingers a bit…(honestly, how do you garner so many comments on your posts, you lucky duck?!)…I can tell you that that is a stunning photo and even more breathtaking, is that you took it from where you WRITE! Sigh.

    I know you’re okay, but I hope you stay okay and that Dianne the cyclone, never sees the light of day! :0)


    • diannegray / Feb 6 2014 3:28 am

      Oh, Hazy – your comments ended up in my spam 😦 I hate it when that happens (now I know why I check it daily just in case) 😉

      The cyclone decided to behave and head south – I love it when they do that (but the southerners don’t) 😀

      I absolutely love my writer’s nook and it’s been paying off big time recently because the novels are coming thick and fast 😀


  49. Daphne Shadows / Feb 5 2014 3:12 pm

    You have a nook?! *glare* Just kidding. ;D That’s cool

    I would never want people to use my name for any natural disaster. I wouldn’t want people associating my name with so much misery and loss. 😦 You know?

    I hope your weather calms down. Have you ever been caught in the one before?


    • diannegray / Feb 6 2014 3:18 am

      Last cyclone we had was pretty scary but the best thing about it was that the ‘eye’ passed directly over us. I’ve never seen the eye of a cyclone before and the only way I can explain it is that everything went calm and a gold shaft of light appeared from the sky and turned everything (the grass, trees, house) gold – it was like being on another planet 😀

      I LOVE my writer’s nook 😉


  50. Britt Skrabanek / Feb 6 2014 4:14 am

    Yikes! I’m assuming you’re safe, since I’m just catching up on this post.

    I, too, think #4 is giggle worthy. I mean, come on. Why not name all of the cyclones after politicians!

    I always figured cyclones/hurricanes were named after people’s ex spouses/lovers, or something. Kind of like how we writers sneak in evil characters from real life into our stories for payback…in a classy, non-violent way. : )


    • diannegray / Feb 6 2014 4:32 am

      I so agree, Britt. I bet the people who name them sit there and think ‘hmmm, my ex-wife’s name might go well with this one’ 😉

      All safe now on the home front. We got a few gales that were a bit on the hairy side, but the RUC was rocksteady! 😀


  51. Tiffany / Feb 6 2014 10:55 am

    That is a beautiful picture! The view from your writing nook is very inspirational.

    As dumb as it sounds, I had no idea there were rules for naming storms. I’m happy you shared and I appreciate the giggles it gave me. They mostly seem like common sense but 4 is genius. I quite like the idea of them eliminating that rule. 😉


  52. EJ / Feb 10 2014 9:47 pm

    Welcome back to blogland – I’m just catching up on blogs from new year so sorry that’s a belated greeting!!
    Weather here in the UK is wet and windy, as it has been since last October, pretty much – it’s quite horrible in some places and there’s been a lot of flooding 😦 Hope Dylan didn’t cause you too much strife?
    I love your pic, I so rarely see both ends of a rainbow!


    • diannegray / Feb 11 2014 6:43 am

      Hello. EJ! Lovely to see you here 😀 I just popped over to your blog to find I wasn’t following you anymore (this has happened to me with a few other bloggers – the WP gremlins hate me) so I pushed that little button again 😉

      I saw on the news this morning that the weather in the UK is awful 😦 Dylan managed to behave himself and move south so I was pretty happy about that because at that stage I had a missing wall that needed to be built and sealed (all done now!) 😉


      • EJ / Feb 12 2014 1:25 am

        WP has a few funny ways 🙂
        So glad Dylan behaved for you!


  53. Piper George / Feb 19 2014 7:51 am

    The weather here had been pants for weeks – half of the UK is underwater. Hopefully it’s getting better now. I have my own cosy writers nook finally – I blogged a pic the other day. Whenever I am thinking about my nook I think of yours. Of course, you have a beautiful view, but then you live in tropic land. I was aiming for warmth, since I live in soggy land.


    • diannegray / Feb 19 2014 8:11 am

      I thought you had been away from blogging because I hadn’t received any email notifications – but alas, WP has done it to me again. I just went over to your blog to find I wasn’t following you anymore! Do’h 😦

      I’ve re-followed now 😀 This is happening to me a lot lately…

      I’ll be checking out your writers nook xxx


      • Piper George / Feb 19 2014 8:14 am

        I went self hosted last year and lost everyone 😦 And because I have’t really had time to go visit people and comment, no one has refund me. Alas and alack!

        But if you find me now, I am happy one more 😉


      • diannegray / Feb 19 2014 8:40 am

        Found you! 😀



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