The heat, drought and fires are over - for this year at least. My water tank emptied in the bushfire weeks and the leaves on my fruit trees crisped brown and even the tougher herbs in the like rosemary and thyme wilted.
I put my little glass dragon that I got in Beijing years ago in a bowl of water to make me feel cooler.
Then it rained! Twenty mils and a bit over two days and lots of little showers, some drizzle, a a rainbow and even fog, in the early morning, over the park.
We're still not getting water in the dams and rivers, however and my town is on the second highest level of water restrictions. My tank has refilled but I'm still using every scrap of rinsing, shower and kitchen water. Below you see a representative bucket. I have 25 of them and use some, or all, every day to carry out dirty water to flush toilets, cleaner water for the trees, and the cleanest water for birds, dogs and fragile pot plants.
Some of my favourite bloggers far away in the northern hemisphere are rejoicing in the beginnings of spring and more sunlight. I'm just singing the praises of autumn and wetness and the garden coming back to life. More clouds please!