Spring arrived with a sudden gust of hot wind, hot and dry enough for a fire warning in north- west Victoria. Here in Ballarat it came with a milder warmth and lots of rain, so that my garden is full of flowers.
Yesterday lightning flashed out of a hot sunny sky, ominous thunder rumbling right by the window. The dogs hid. It seemed a long time before clouds came over with a downpour of rain.
I've been rewatching the excellent ABC documentaries on the Grampians bushfires of three years ago, when the fire in the mountain forests was so immense it created its own lightning storms just ahead of the fire front.
With forecasts of extreme fires like that one flaring up after Christmas, and the fires of just this summer past I am not looking forward to the hot weather.