Rain at last

Not a drenching, unfortunately, but a steady light rain.

Screen shot 2014-12-06 at 6.13.06 AMWhich is better than nothing.  Overnight some of our driest inland areas have received a bit, and currently, there’s a wet grey haze over everything out there. It smells wonderful, the temperature is pleasantly moderate, and if nothing else, I won’t have to water the garden. And leaving the laundry out on the line appears to have done its usual magic. I’d dug out all my large white damask tablecloths in preparation for Christmas, washed them and left them on the line in the sun to bleach and air. So of course it was going to rain….

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Froglets in happy song

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Juicy baby limes!

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Rain on the new mango leaves










The cane harvest finished yesterday. This region had its biggest ever cut, 5.5 million tonnes. But the new young cane that’s coming through is looking yellow and stressed, and unless it gets water at this critical early stage, next year’s crop is in danger. So the farmers will be very happy this grey and drizzly Saturday morning. And best of all, they won’t have to pay for power and water for irrigation today and perhaps for a few more days.

Out in the ocean north of Australia, some storm cells are gathering, but nothing like what we’d normally expect to see. Yes, there’s circulating activity over the Philippines, but that’s too far north to affect us. The proper monsoon front has just not formed. Yet…

We’d planned to take Miss Scarlett (our big motorbike) out for a ride this morning. It’s early yet – 7am, we’re due to meet friends at 9am, have a ride, and then have a barbecue. But if this continues, I think plans will be shelved, at least for a while. It’s not that we’re afraid of getting wet, we have the proper clothing, but the roads will be dangerously slippery for anything on two wheels, for a while at least. And since this was supposed to be a fun ride, rather than a feat of endurance, why put ourselves in danger?

The froglets are delighted, and letting us know in song….


15 thoughts on “Rain at last

  1. Bravp Rain! I’m glad you didn’t venture out on two wheels. After drought a lot of old oil gets onto the road surface – a fact that my son learned the hard way.

  2. ordinarygood says:

    Washing on a line and rain can go together, usually causing muttering! This time it is a good combo. I love that the frogs are singing….”It’s not easy being green…..” when there is no water around.

    • katechiconi says:

      These are very spoiled frogs, they have a damp green Frogtopia to play in even when it’s boiling hot. It’s a froggy paradise of elephant ear taro, monstera, ferns and water plants surrounding a tiny pond with a permanent trickle of water and lots of logs and stones to hid under.

  3. EllaDee says:

    Excellent 🙂 We’ve had late afternoon-evening storms, welcome rain both in Sydney and TA. The best news from it is the G.O.’s worksite is too wet for Saturday work, so he’s here drinking coffee beside me… yay! Have a lovely weekend.

  4. tialys says:

    I can make it rain if I wash my car.

  5. Kirsten says:

    Was the rain actually purple??? (sorry, couldn’t help it).

    • katechiconi says:

      Good job it wasn’t, considering the white damask tablecloths. There would have been a lot of quite nasty language… You should see the map when the weather’s really bad. Maroon storm clouds….

      • Kirsten says:

        Yes, that would have been a little frustrating!
        I wish we had such exciting multi-coloured weather forecasts. We have to make do with the standard blue, yellow, green and red. With maybe a little orange thrown in.

  6. Oh dear… once again I have the frog song (we all stand together) going round in my head!

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