weather

In one week, another 416mm of pounding rain fell, flooding the creeks and closing the roads, strewing logs and stacking beaver dams at fences and bridges and crossings that got in its way. The skies cleared one evening and the moisture began to separate into creeks and clouds, as they should. It heralded the dawning […]

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Wet, wet weather and just enough warmth still in the air to cause a whole new aspect of life to come forth and blossom … fungi. This beauty unfurled out of the top of a palm stump that has sat there unadorned for two years. Way down in the paddock, a smattering of white glimpsed […]

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It’s autumn, and I welcome the cooler mornings, but we are also having daily deluges more like tropical summer storms. In the first five days of March we had 124 mm — or six inches if you’re my age — and that’s on top of what we’d already received in 2017.  By New Year it […]

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April ended in soft showers and wild storms, sunshowers and sunny patches, gentle grey drizzle and roof-rattling torrents. We needed the actual water to fill the tanks and keep the creek flowing happily — and to fill my new pond. But we also received bonuses with this mix of elements. The most striking were the […]

The other Saturday night Nature gave us what used to be known as ‘a dump’: 150mm of rain in one storm. The sight that greeted me in the morning showed we’d had a lot of rain even before I checked the rain gauge, which overflows after 150mm, so we may have had more. The little […]

On the first day of July I woke to our coldest morning yet this year — 4ºC — and light patches of frost. Frost always surprises me as to where it is found and where not, but its decorative and novelty values are always appreciated here. My favourite rock with its gloriously complex lichen adornments […]

Two weeks ago I was preparing my place for bushfires; days were hot, the little dam had dropped to such an unprecedentedly low level that I was worried about the frogs and tortoises in there. The grass was dry and unappetising and the wallabies and roos were jumping up to pull down even higher branches […]

A wet, wet week — again!  But as the rain eased, there were compensations, like the lowest rainbow I have ever seen. This was taken through my window, facing east, and the rainbow ended on my track, right where the gatepost used to be. No pot of gold appeared, but it was a treat to […]

After a week of rain, cabin-bound except for squelching dashes to get wood, it was a treat to be able to walk about outside.  While the cloud was keeping its weeping to itself, it was hugging the ground, reluctant to depart. But still much easier weather for a perky kookaburra to keep an eye out […]

Now that the rain’s stopped, my yard is a sheltered sunspot for the wallaby population, which seems to have exploded. I guess they give the kikuyu grass more attention now that it’s winter and there’s not a lot happening elsewhere, growthwise. This morning they seemed as ‘herded’ and as focused on the task as a […]

October has been a variable month, veering from warm to cold to freezing, from spring buds and seedling growth to blossom profusion. And then we had a wild storm or two, one close to gale force, with winds roaring like freight trains, smashing branches and trees down and shredding gumleaves like confetti on the ground. […]

I have often admired the work of textile artists like Jan Irvine-Nealie, where fine stitching subtly emphasises the shapes and patterns of nature. However, lacking such patience and delicacy, I have never attempted anything like that. Until the other day, after a short but violent hail storm and heavy rain, the sun came out for […]

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