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The Pom Queen

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  1. The work will not be suitable for everyone because the majority is working in the hospitals and you have to consider your health along with those close to you. If you want to help still you don’t need to be a qualified nurse/dr, etc. They are looking for people to work in the kitchens, porter patients, make beds, empty waste etc. https://www.health.qld.gov.au/employment/covid-19-eoi
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    Photos from your garden

    I can’t remember if we have had a similar thread but I thought it would be nice to share photos of our gardens and flowers. Here are some of the flowers growing in one of our garden beds closest to the house. Can anyone help identify them. Sent using Poms in Oz mobile app
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    Cargo ship loses containers at sea

    You would have thought the containers would have been sealed so that even if they broke away the doors would have remained closed. They are saying medical supplies are being washed up on shores, let’s hope it’s just face masks and no medication making its way on to the beaches for children to get hold of.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    You would laugh at him @Bobj whilst in hospital he has been keeping occupied and told me he has bought shopping for the trip already I thought he was joking until dad told me he found a gas stove and around 50 tins of beans and spaghetti etc in the back of the 4x4 I wouldn’t mind but he really hasn’t thought things through. Like 1) He can’t travel more than 150km 2) He hasn’t got his manual license yet so he needs to take me or go with someone else. 3)The car needs a service 4) He has no money for fuel (but that’s ok because Mum can pay ) 5) It’s winter 6) I won’t let him go alone and he has no one who is interested in rocks all his friends are just interested in Xbox or PlayStation But none of this seems to bother him or deter him, so long as he is stocked up on food 🥶 Talking of camping was looking at these again the other day.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Funny you are talking about stents. I was rushed in for emergency surgery last Wednesday/Thursday night and ended up with a stent. I need a second op which is hopefully when my body is ready for it and that will be on Friday. The hospital were amazing, I’ve been avoiding them and my treatments. However they had me in and on the operating table within an hour.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    The young one is currently looking for places in Queensland, I don’t think he will last out until the borders open. Unless you know a back road to our special road where you left the pommy family that avoids any road blocks lol.
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    The "New Normal"

    You always have to turn it in to a left wing v right wing it’s getting like the old Oz v UK debates we use too have. Please try and stop turning every thread in to a Left v Right we are all in this together. I don’t think the virus differentiates.
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    The "New Normal"

    Where did he say they could be written off? I think you are putting words in to his mouth. ‘I am high risk but do understand where he is coming from.
  9. To the OP, we have been here 16 years now, I was in Victoria when Black Saturday happened https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Saturday_bushfires I remember that day well. It was like having a hairdryer pointed at your face on full heat. Embers were flying everywhere and igniting other fires, half of which never made the news and were either left to burn themselves out or the locals managed to extinguish. From Victoria we moved to Cairns, within a few months of being there we had a Category 5 Cyclone heading directly for us (Cyclone Yasi) the hospitals were evacuated (it was the largest hospital evacuation in Australian History) https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2012/197/1/weather-evacuate We we’re lucky, she didn’t hit us, she dipped at the last minute and hit poor Cardwell. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-03/cyclone-yasi-what-happened-in-2011/7067086?nw=0 The winds at Cardwell peaked at over 300kmph in some places, I think the main weather stations registered 285kmph That night was terrifying we lost power early on with the winds. We had decided not to evacuate because the Cyclone Shelter was only able to withstand a Cat 4 Cyclone, some even said a Cat 3. Although our home was in a Valley we had our downstairs built in to the side of the hill so we think that really helped. We had huge trees come down on us but thankfully they all fell around us and not on us. After the event we were told the Valley had more destructive winds than the rest of Cairns especially 15km further down where it had ripped and bent the huge metal shade sale poles from the car park in the shopping centre. ‘We made a cyclone shelter from our dining table piled mattresses on top, taped all the windows, blocked the doors with furniture etc. When that wind came it was frightening, the sound will always stay with me. It was like someone had started two jumbo jet engines in the garden. From Cairns we moved to Townsville, nothing exciting happened there, lol. Although it did when we left with the huge floods. Both my sons lived up there, one still does when the huge floods happened. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Townsville_flood Then we are now just outside Brissy, in the 4 years + here we have seen the worst drought ever with animals dying all around and farmers turning the gun on themselves, we have had raging fires (thankfully the closest one to us was a km away and the wind was blowing away from us) and now the whole world has COVID-19 Oh and yes I’ve seen snakes in Melbourne, Cairns and here but I can only count them on one hand, it is just a case of being careful and using common sense. Unfortunately last year 4 of my dogs attacked an Eastern Brown and all got bit, they all survived but it cost $3,000 for each dog and that was using only one anti venom, sometimes they need two. So you need to keep an eye on your dogs. Also if you let your dogs out at night watch for cane toads, mine have an addiction for eating them. They are toxic, some dogs can be treat at home and will just get high from it, just don’t let them drink water and wash their mouth out and gums. Crocs, I’ve lived in the FNQ and I’ve searched high and low to see a real croc and never saw one in the wild until @Bobj took me on a camping trip and I got to see one in the wild. On the same trip, I swam with a fresh water one whilst staying in a cabin by a lake in Kununurra. It’s a case of using common sense, don’t go swimming in any water that leads out to sea. If you are up in the ranges then you should only encounter freshies who won’t usually attack unless they feel threatened. Spiders, yes they are about but I’ve not been bitten that I can remember. I have been bitten by the dreaded ants though. Now despite going through the above it was no where near as bad as it seems. The worst part was probably not having power for 2 weeks in Yasi. Yes things happen but the chances of it happening to you are slim and if you take precautions then you stand an even better chance, for example, don’t rent/buy a house on a flood plain, make sure any house is built to Cat 4/5 standards, get a professional in to spray to keep the indoor/outdoor area free of bugs, where mozzie spray and make sure you don’t go out after dusk, don’t go fishing or swimming in coastal waters in North Queensland etc. I absolutely love it here and would go through all the above 100 times if it meant staying here
  10. @Susan from Moneycorp has kindly organised a special offer for Pomsinoz members. One thing I love about Moneycorp is that there is always a lovely person like Sue on the end of the phone who offer that personal touch instead of the automated call centre
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    Pie Makers

    Yes my son uses them. His brother bought him a Kmart pie maker for Christmas and he used it a few weeks back and it’s fantastic, you can make donuts, muffins, Yorkshire puddings, eggs. He has so many recipes still to try. ‘His pies tasted just like the Fray Bentos.
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    Parcel sent during coronavirus

    Lol yes, items posted in Queensland to an address 4 hours away took 10 days to arrive. An express parcel to Sydney took 14 days, Melbourne took 12 days. Townsville it’s been 4 weeks from Brisbane and still not there. There are numerous newspaper articles about it.
  13. The transport department are useless. A family member took my car without my permission a few years back Qld transport said it was nothing to do with them, and they in turn reported it to the police. I attended the police station who demanded I press charges on the family member or they wouldn’t help get the car back. Thankfully the grapevine worked and someone saw me go in to the police station and my car was returned and no action needed taking. It looks like you really are going to need a lawyer even just to write a letter may be enough to scare her in to returning your items. I have a feeling though that with so much time passing your items may be sold
  14. This is a thread for you to write a post at the end or beginning of each day from your real life experiences and thoughts or what you have done during the Coronavirus outbreak.
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    Trying to teach myself Instagram and YouTube for my cat videos I’ve no idea what I’m doing lol
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    Lawyer on the site

    We do @tonyman but I don’t think they would hang around in CTF. Hope you are ok.
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    Got woken up this morning to a lovely bunch of flowers from my son. It seems being in ISO has thrown his timing out because he thought it was Mother’s Day today.
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    Are you downloading COVIDSafe app ?

    I haven’t got around to doing it yet. At the moment I’m still not allowed to go anywhere, I don’t know how long my dr’s want me in this little bubble for. ‘I have no problem downloading apart from I worry about the battery life on my device. At the moment I don’t get a full day and if I have Bluetooth on won’t it drain faster
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    Moderated Members

    In the last few days the moderators and myself have been inundated with reported posts and pm’s. I couldn’t understand how some of the posts were getting through on to the forum. I now realise that the moderation rule had lifted. I would have hoped that after all these months on moderated things may have changed and we could have all of got along. It seems this isn’t the case so the moderation is now back in place.
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    Spider Identification

    Any idea what spider this is?
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    I’ve taken many types of sleeping tablets, temtabs I ended up starting with one and got up to four but then they didn’t work at all. My son can fall asleep using the herbal melatonin which you buy in America. The only thing that gets me to sleep now is 3 x antihistamines or my usual nightly med is Stilnox https://www.sbs.com.au/news/powerful-and-bizarre-effects-of-stilnox_1
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    I don’t even have sleeps in the afternoon, maybe once every few months but when I do I feel terrible. Actually being awake at this time doesn’t bother me I seem to get most work done. Plus it’s when all my IV fluids and feeding pump is going so it’s probably giving me energy lol.
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    I’m so sorry to hear that.
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    I can’t sleep at all,it’s nearly 5am and I’m still wide awake. I do take sleeping tablets but it seems silly taking them when not tired. My son struggles with it also. I can hear him playing his game and talking to friends now. It is suppose to be part of our nervous system playing up.