Bee buzz and petrol vapour herald the practice sessions for the Townsville V8 Supercar start. We can hear them and smell them from our deck, our bedrooms, our pool. The Army has been up in their helicopters practising for the big opening - giant dragonflies droning overhead.
This event is huge on the events calendar here, as it is elsewhere in this country, and the rest of the world. The weather here is terrific, not too cold and certainly not too hot. Little chance of rain with lovely blue skies, the odd whistling hawk and some real dragonflies. Living so close to the track has its advantages and, as you can see above, some disadvantages. The disadvantages we can live with if the spectacle brings visitors and their purses to Townsville. Our Council and events coordinators say the V8s are beneficial and bring financial benefit to the town and that is something we badly need. Another advantage is that we can walk to the event if we want. Some people in this area are renting their houses out for goodly sums while they take off elsewhere for the duration.
So buzz on ...