We had noticed, of late, that our broadband internet was not living up to its promised speed but we kept making excuses for it. On Saturday evening we had some heavy rain (153mm) and on Sunday we were unable to make a successful internet connection although the modem was telling us we had. To cut a very long story (2 hours on the phone to the ISP) our signal has dropped to unacceptable levels due to water leaking into a previously sealed beam thingy (sorry to be so technical). Plastic components do not last long in the tropics! Now a further wait for a technician plus new part…..however, all is not lost.
We now have wireless technology via the nextG and while rather expensive the pre-Christmas special is helpful and at least allows us to remain in touch with the outside world.
While our focus is always on the environment; learning about it, and living in it as sustainably as we are able we find that communicating via the internet has become a major part of our life. Emails save trips to the post box which is 2.5km away and banking via the internet saves a 35km trip so although it is certainly possible to survive without it we are pleased that we don’t have to.
So it would seem after some more rain in the early hours of this morning and continuing isolated showers that our long dry spell has well and truly finished. We have started planting out some native grasses that we’ve been propagating as well as a few more trees and shrubs here and there – a lovely time of year.
From the verandah I managed a couple of shots of this Brown-backed Honeyeater enjoying a quick feed on Callistemon “The Bluff” in between the showers. A variety of Callistemon certainly provide a reliable food source for the nectar eaters.