G'day, everyone. It's after sunset (I guess) but we've got a heavy thunderstorm overhead. They've been forecasting these for ages and one actually turned up! I had a meeting to get to today but I wasn't missing my swim. But the morning dragged on with crowds in the local village shops slowing everything down. I finally dashed to the beach for a midday "power swim" followed by a fast "power shower" at home. Ten minutes later - on the road out of town. But first - fuel for the car. And more queues. This is a quiet town! All these people - where did they come from? Then stuck behind a slow 4WD all the long drive to the mainland, through the winding curves (I'm sure they were really enjoying the scenery). Tourist season - and me without a gun! Good meeting though. Glad I went. But the clouds were gathering as we left. I gave a young woman a lift home. She wanted to walk the last few km but a huge lightning bolt and some early rain made me decide to make the extra drive. As I dropped her off we were getting lighting followed by thunder only a fraction of a second later, if at all. And it kept going. Not a lot of rain at this point, so she dashed inside. I drove home as the rain got heavier and I timed the lightning and thunder. From what I could work out it was a huge storm cell stretching over about 20 or more km, so it seemed to follow me home (can we keep it?). Although, the further east I got the less rain there was. It was almost dry at home, but it's not now. Lovely rain! Blessed rain! But I'm not going out to dance in it because we're still getting a lot of nearby lightning. I might swim with sharks but I'm not that much of a risk taker! Rain was falling so hard at times it didn't have time to run away. The road was flooded in places, just from an overload of run-off. Mind you, as I drove home, car swerving as it hit water sheeting across the road in places (haven't seen this much rain in months!) it was lovely to see all the tourists heading OUT of town and back into the city. Long strings of traffic heading out - and little old me, heading home. Lovely. Thunder's still growling but the rain has almost stopped and the air is cool. Of course, the humidity is going to climb again but as long as we can keep the cool breeze overnight... please? Enjoy your Saturday. Marg PS From Marg's Man As she walked in when she got home she said "It followed me home - can I keep it?" Of course I said yes but it was such wild weather that it ran away. We're in for a hot sticky night and the cool breeze she wanted probably won't eventuate.