I am away tonight – enjoying some high-speed broadband (which is blowing my mind after our very cantankerous bush satellite connection). Tomorrow I roadtrip with my sister – something I am REALLY looking forward to. We are both so busy we rarely get to finish a sentence with each other. We have a few hours uninterrupted (well, only by three offspring) hours together and there will be some serious chinwagging going on!
Anyhoo… tonight I am feeling reflective. And how LONG has it been since I have talked weather? FOREVER, that’s how long…
The end of October here in Queensland is bringing with it some um… seasonal weather.
I use the term ‘seasonal’ loosely, as for many years now it seems that the seasons and weather have been a bit out of whack. In times gone by, winters here would be dry and cold (often accompanied by morning frosts) and summers would be hot and wet. Tropical. Cyclones would meander down the coast and bring with them annual rains like clockwork. But over the past two or three decades, things have gone a little awry. And dry summers have melted into dry winters and back again. Which is hell for crops and pastures, but great to hone one’s appreciation of rain.
And man, I LOVE rain.
Even all our New Year floods have failed to dampen (shocking pun) my delight in the Heavens opening, the thunder of a downpour on a tin roof, and the sweet, special smell of fresh rain.
It excited me then … it excites me still.
This is a shot from this day (baby eagle watching) of a storm building and approaching…
Can you FEEL that amazing tension that builds with those blackening clouds?
I am sure my heart starts beating that little bit harder, as the air pressure changes and the moisture-cooled air hits like a wall.
And the drenching that muddies and cleans simultaneously.
The night before last there was a massive storm -after a day of muggy temps into the 30s – we were rewarded with some midnight music.
It was orchestral, deafening, bolting, thunderously LOUD. It shook the house and shook me awake (which frankly takes some doing once I am deep in). I wished I’d had the energy to shoot it – but I was too busy trying to sleep through it! What I DO know is that my freshly planted veggie garden REALLY enjoyed the 14mm dropped on our houseyard.
I planted carrots, zucchini, snow peas, spinach, roma tomatoes, basil, oregano and coriander (the last three were surviving gifts from these visitors… I know!).
It doesn’t look much yet, but in case we end up like last summer and stranded for a few weeks, I am determined to be prepared! (Ps don’t you love the heifers checking out the goings on? Sticky beaks!)
Apparently there are predictions that we will get 70-80% of the rainfall we got last summer season. That’s still an AWFUL lot. Part of me worries, but MOST of me anticipates that next fall, just the same as I ever did.
How about you?
Hot or cold in your world?
And what veggies, if any, are in your garden?
Are you are rain lover?