Yesterday I packed up my carefully nutured batch of seedlings, some lettuce, some tomatoes, some marogilds and nasturtiums (not as big a variety as I would have liked but lots of them ) and I dropped them off to a friendly old bloke in a street in a suburb nearby that was hit really hard by the big storm last year. I explained to this complete stranger that I felt so helpless and there was nothing I could do for them at the time but that I planted these and looked after them so that he and his neighbours might have something to plant now that their gardens are somewhat recovered.
I thought he would think I was nuts all these trays of seedlings and then his wife burst through their front door and announced another twenty deaths in Victoria from the bushfires. Then I thought instantly of the floods in North Queensland .... then he hugged me and thanked me and as I drove away he was handing a bunch of seedlings to his neighbour and the woman from across the road.
It seemed like such a clever idea when I thought of it but in the light of all that happened yesteday in our big country it seemed kind of pathetic................