It’s been an awful long time since we had a “proper” rainy day. I have, over the last couple of years, done an awful lot of whining about drought and not enought rain. Every drop of rain has been celebrated.
Especially when it’s what we call “real” rain. The last episode of any note, before today, was in March when I celebrated with this photograph:
Although we had 50-odd milimitres in two days. The dust was washed away, and the earth loved it, but it didn’t have much impact on the garden which has been thirsty for months. Because it is prohibitively expensive (and stupid) to use municipal water for the lawn, what was our little oasis a few years ago, still looks like a dust (now mud) bowl.
The Husband started recording the rain in 2013, and this is the the annual rainfall, and to date (and as I write), the rain is still falling:
2019 at the time of writing (23 July)
|2013 – 9 months to December||
I honestly can’t remember the last time the day dawned and was cold, grey and wet. Today is such a day. As I write, it’s mid-morning and so dark, it’s necessary to have the light on. It’s so miserable that for the first time in a couple of years, I have a black cat curled up on my lap. Away from the cold and wet.
This is the view from my desk – the wind is driving the rain ahead of it at 45°.
I promised, at the beginning of winter that although I’d would complain about the cold, I’d not complain about the wet. So, this is a sight for sore eyes:
As I share my glee at the rain, I am also aware of the folk whose who might not have shelter, whose homes are flooded and who must brave the cold and wet. Sometimes the world is not a kind place.
Until next time
The Sandbag House
McGregor, South Africa
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