Finally rain!

I have always been joking and saying that summer starts on the the 25th of December. In all seriousness, in most years the weather has been pretty dull and grey up until Christmas. This year, the nice, hot weather started already mid November and by now, we had no rain for 5 weeks and all local water carriers are booked out until end of January.

This is the thing when you are not in a town or big city – you are on tank water. Water rains on the roof and goes through pipes into your tank, and this is what we humans, the garden and the animals have to live from.

The water was pretty low in the tank already by beginning of December, so we had 11 m3 water delivered and you continue o anxiously watch the water levels in the tank.

But yay, three days ago and today we finally had some rain and that filled the tank almost up again so we can enjoy the festive season finally without worrying. The land is wet again, the grass will hopefully be growing again and the cracks in the ground in the front lawn will be closing again.

Duck in the doddock with 15 little duckling behind her in a big bunch

New Fluffballs

One afternoon, there was Wasabi waddling around the paddock and there was a bunch of fluffballs tumbling after her, 15 little duckling.

Picture from top of driveway looking down on house roof and across into the Kaipara valley with shades of brown and yellow landscape with a few green trees

Drylands

The last few months were pretty dry with no rainfall other than a few drops that pretty much instantly evaporated upon hitting the ground.
I think the last rain was some time before Christmas last year which would make it three months with no rain at all.

Look across the Kaipara valley with rainclouds in the background and diffuse light coming through the clouds.

Finally some rain?

It’s been a long time without any rain. Not sure how much this will be but anything is better than nothing.

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