Home from summer in Europe, to winter! At 9 this morning, this was the view from my backyard. A beautiful white frost on everything. The temperature was obviously less than 0 Celcius, and this afternoon it was warm enough for me to wear a t-shirt … about as warm as it was in Europe just a few weeks ago 🙂
Our backyard just 12 days ago
Our yard today, in late autumn.
Today has been luxurious. Cold, wet and windy outside, warm and cosy inside. Except for the occasional venture to get firewood or photographs I know where I’ve been.
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.
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The catchment and creek as it approaches our place.
The creek running past the back of our house as it is today.
The creek in 'flood' in winter this year.
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?