Decided to come home from Brisbane a day early yesterday - and it turned out to be a good decision. The Cunningham Highway had been cut in a few places and paddock after paddock looked like the muddy detritus from 2012 floods. Cattle up to their udders and underarms (?) in muddy flowing water. Another group on tippy-hooves in the far corner of yet another paddock. It is an eerie experience to drive along a highway with floodwater lapping at either side of the bitumen. We had 170 mm (about 6 1/2 inches) of rain overnight after months of absolutely nothing. Home again through the Pastoral Company paddocks - I stopped off at the bridge on the way to see all the trees that are still coming downstream - nothing can take away from the beautiful new Villis bridge, or the old one which was retrieved from the river bed and now re-purposed at a neighbour's place as a gully crossing ... I guess everybody benefits.