My thoughts are with folks in parts of Queensland and northern New South Wales this morning, as I sit at my kitchen table enjoying the sunshine streaming in through the windows.
Unlike so many others, I'm safe and dry, and all is relatively well in my neck of the woods. Elsewhere, it is not so.
The force of tropical Cyclone Debbie, and the record-breaking heavy rain, strong winds and flooding in her aftermath, has caused widespread, catastrophic damage and brought enormous loss to fellow Australians.
Watching video footage on the news is gut-wrenching, and I am reminded of how devastated my late brother, Alex, and his family were after their home was destroyed by Cyclone Tracey, which completely flattened Darwin in 1974.
I was ever so happy to hear from my nephew, Alex, earlier on. He and his wife live in Brisbane and, while their area has been affected by flooding, thankfully they are in no danger.
That said, I know that many thousands of others, friends included, have lost everything, so publishing a bunch of photos showcasing (showing off) new stuff in my kitchen doesn't sit well with me right now. I would rather use this post to send out a call for help.
Our independent national regulator of charities, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), is encouraging Australians to donate to registered charities in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. For those wishing to donate, the best way to check if a charity is registered is to search the Charity Register at acnc.gov.au/findacharity. The Register provides information on 54,000 charities, including the beneficiaries of each charity and locations where each charity operates. Sounds like a good thing to me.
The Queensland Government has also released information on volunteering and helping those affected by the cyclone at qldalert.com. Thank you. ❤
The IMK community and new directions...
Thanks so much to the talented bunch of bloggers who joined up for last month's IMK.
Many of you will know of Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, who started posting In My Kitchen pieces in February 2010. The following year, Celia began linking her posts to like-minded bloggers around the globe. Celia quickly built a strong community of foodies and cooks.
At the beginning of last year, Celia handed over the reins of IMK to Maureen, from Orgasmic Chef, who cheerfully hosted the series until September 2016, when she and Celia asked me to take over because of Maureen's health issues.
I have genuinely enjoyed hosting IMK over the last several months. Sadly, a busy schedule for the rest of this year means that it's now time to pass the baton. My friend, Sherry Mackay, from Sherry's Pickings, has generously agreed to take over hosting IMK from me as from next month, 1 May 2017. Thank you, Sherry, and thank you everyone for your continued support of IMK.
In the meantime, leave me a link in the comments below if you would like to share your April IMK.
Tell me dear readers, what's happening in your April kitchen? Do you live in an area affected by the Cyclone?
Hi. I'm Liz. I'm a writer, cook and traveller based in Canberra, Australia.
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