I haven’t been doing any posts on my blog lately because it’s been too cold! The room where I have my computer is too hard to heat, so on frosty nights, there is no way I’m going to work at my desk. And recently it has been frosty. Today though, it is raining, so not all that cold.
Another reason I haven’t been at my computer all that much is that we have been doing stuff. We are trying to make our place a little bit nicer than it is and that means work! For example, the rock in the photo was in the way when we tried to mow. It was bigger than we thought it was too, so after a bit of digging we needed the chain on the truck to move it. It did too, it just pulled it out of a deep hole and dragged it along the ground.
The sun came out this afternoon, just in time to let me get a matching photograph of one taken 12 days ago. I really like the changing seasons, it makes the garden very interesting. Always something different, but not very often is there such a dramatic transition as this one. Only 5 days ago we were sitting out there in comfortable weather, enjoying lunch with some relatives. We were looking at the shrivelled up green leaves in the tree. Today we’re locked up inside.
I am so lucky though, I can escape inside and spend most of my day doing stuff I like, and watching the world through my computer.
This evening it’s very wet because we have just had another big storm. You can see the road is blocked by some fallen branches. It was still raining when I took this photo, but nothing like during the storm. We couldn’t see the other side of the paddock at all because the rain was so dense. There’s a lot of damage in the garden too, big branches down every where. Tomorrow will be another day of cleaning up with the chain saw.
Oh boy, will we have a lot of fire wood for next winter!
This is about as full as the creek gets behind our place. The top of the catchment is only about 2km away. Only once have we seen the water washing across the paddock about 30cm deep. It can get away too quickly to be a flood threat to us. There is a drop of about 3m down to the creek. And the whole paddock is below us too. So that would be a lot of water from that small catchment before we got flooded.
And besides it hardly rains here. It rains east west north and south, but not here! There was an unprecedented 6 inches when we were away in October, but since we’ve been home, not much. So we have paddocks full of thistles, but a nice green lawn around the house. Because the thistles are so dense, I can’t get out there to get a clearer photo of the creek. You can see from the winter time photo what the terrain is like. There wasn’t much grass then ay?
Sunday 10th October
This is part of a canal that actually cuts France in half.
These beautiful creatures just keep hanging around. I can’t help it if they’re so photogenic! This is the junior of the family, he just sits around all day and still gets fed by his parents! They, meanwhile are sitting on the nest again. I’m quite surprised that the raptors haven’t eaten him, he really isn’t too frightened by anything.
After what feels like 25 years of drought, this lush grass is also a novelty for us. We’ve had a week of cloudy, windy and wet weather but only a total of 17mm of rain. It looks lush on the surface, but I don’t think there is enough water to get deep into the soil.