I am looking out to sea from the cottages here at Sand Island , it’s mid tide and the light blue water is gently folding itself onto the sand. There is not a cloud in the sky and just enough of a sea breeze to be pleasant. I can see way out to the horizon and one third of the way there the ocean is defined by a white line of breakers, where the deep blue meets the coral reef. It really is a tranquil and delightful morning in out-of-the-way Tiwi.
So it's especially hard to imagine that across the world Mother Nature is angrily smashing down tress and buildings and carving a swathe of destruction through the Caribbean, flooding and damaging anything not strong enough to withstand her onslaught. Not content with that, she continues on an angry path up to Florida and through densely populated Key West and the metropolis of Miami. Massive winds and flood water means that millions of buildings are without power and millions of residents evacuated or holed up in shelters. Mother Nature mercilessly continues to huff and puff her way north, blowing all the houses down. It must be simply terrible. And simply terrifying. I wish everyone over there safe harbour, that the storm passes soon and the rebuilding can begin. Today I'm especially glad I live in Tiwi , it could not be more different, Mother Nature is all smiles where we are; she's kinder here.
We're lucky. In many ways.