It’s been raining here for more than four days. Before
this we had been experiencing drought conditions. The garden still had to be watered occasionally, even though it is winter and most of the smaller dams were completely dry. Then, last Wednesday, we noticed that the family of ducks
had returned to the (empty) dam. Oh, we laughed, they must think it’s going to rain and there’ll be water in the dam!
The next day (Thursday) the rains came.
It is now Monday and the rain has not stopped. The dam where the ducks arrived is full to overflowing and they (the ducks) are having a wonderful time. Not so us humans. We cannot go outside without getting wet. The driveway is a river and all our
paving is under water. The mat at the back door has stopped floating and is now underwater; the water is creeping up towards the door.
Talk about ‘…droughts and flooding rain…’! Dorothea Mackellar knew Australia then. And we know it now.
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