Okay, so if you have been following my blog, you would be aware I live in a country town in the Central Highlands of Queensland, which has been affected by the flooding in many parts of the Queensland and New South Wales coast lines. The other week, it was the phone networks, and then I mentioned how the rivers had risen so high they had blocked off major highways and roads, that link the cities to the country.
I knew things were bad last week, with the lower level of stock on the shelves at the supermarket, and I had been warned about the milk shortage that was coming, with rationing happening at our town’s major food store. So, I stocked up. And here is when it goes downhill. Last night, the whole house electrical system shorted out. After going around testing everything, the culprit, was none other than my refrigerator. At the time of night, there was no chance of getting a refrigeration specialist, or any retailer to buy a new fridge in a flash. Needless to say due to the ridiculous heat of the summer, and the fact my fridge was no longer working, my milk and everything else went off.
Alrighty, I raced out and luckily managed to get a fridge on special, at one of the town’s only two electrical stores. Brand new fridge, that needed filling. So, I head down to the food store, and what met me was a huge shock. There was NO fruit and vegetables, aside from tomatoes. Lots and lots of tomatoes, since last week, you couldn’t find them anywhere. Bread? Managed to get a loaf, but then I went to the milk aisle. Shelf after shelf empty. Then I tried the long life…cause there is always plenty of that in stock. Nope. The shelves were cleared. Meat? No. Eggs? No. You could say that anything fresh….was just unavailable.
Not sure how long this is going to go for, but I know one thing. Without milk, for my coffee, I am going to go insane.
The latest news from my nearest large city, Rockhampton; which is 3.5 hours from where I live.
THERE could have been some interesting dishes served in Rockhampton for dinner last night if the supplies at Coles and Woolworths were anything to go by yesterday afternoon.
After receiving a number of calls from readers on the lack of fresh food and essential supplies at supermarkets because of the actions of “panic shoppers”, The Bulletin set out to see how bare the shelves really were.
While there was no dairy, bread and limited supplies and varieties of meat and vegetables, there were still ample amounts of fennel, smoked salmon, cherries and chillies.
However, none of that was of any use to Rockhampton’s Rebecca Ellis who visited Coles yesterday about 3pm looking for fresh ingredients to fill her refrigerator for the weekend.
“This is the third supermarket I have come to today and it’s just the same as everywhere else,” she said.
“There’s no meat, milk or any fresh veggies. There’s just nothing really of any use for me this weekend.”
Ms Ellis has spent her week trying to recover from the severe weather of last weekend, which left her without power for 36 hours and forced her to throw out a fridge full of ingredients.
A truck with supplies made a late arrival at Coles with limited supplies of meat, vegetables and milk.
Some Woolworths stores also reportedly received limited supplies of the same products late yesterday.