We must have missed the news - 100 inches of snow in New York! Wow! What the h*** does that look like?
difficult child 3 & I finally got to the beach, despite forecast storms. And it seems Sydney WAS hit by storms - a mall out west copped so much rain that the roof caved in. Luckily, they had just enough warning to get everybody out. They had several inches of water all over the floor, with electrical wiring arcing all through it, just to make life interesting. It's very close to where easy child used to work. (But it sounds peanuts compared to New York and anywhere else being inundated with snow).
And us? Instead of getting everybody else's share, it spattered a few tiny drops just as we left the beach. But now, late on Sunday night? It's raining. Only lightly, our beach towels on the line are still mostly dry, but I figured if I leave them there some of the salt will wash out, and maybe it will keep raining through the night, and revitalise my garden.
That's the trouble with our rain - we get nothing for months, then we get a heavy downpour in minutes which we just can't cope with. Then nothing for more months. The big dam got some rain, about an inch (25mm). It's another 20 km west of that flooded mall, but we have two smaller ones about the same distance inland, so hopefully we've got them wet too. An inch of rain in the big dam buys us another week, maybe. It's all welcome. The government is going ahead with the desalination plant anyway, and sewage recycling will follow after that.
I still have some pieces of dragon fruit (pitaya) in my fridge - I quite liked it although the taste was a bit bland. I think we'll keep the fruit growing in our garden, though - I do like it enough for that.
More storms forecast tomorrow, but that doesn't necessarily mean rain. lately the storms have been all bluster and noise, with nothing productive (except for the western mall, today). The wind was up at the beach this afternoon, the surf was a bit wild but just how difficult child 3 likes it. I had a couple of swims but just getting out past the breakers was tiring - the waves were reflecting off the beach and tangling my legs up if I was too close to the shore. At this little beach you can't keep the sand out of your swimsuit - there is so much turbulence at the wave junction that it's like being in a full-on spa at that point, plus all the sand being kicked up too. But after a swim like that, a cold shower is another joy.
Tonight we're going to bed with the sound of the rain on the roof, and the smell of it coming in the windows - it's lovely, especially when we haven't had it for so long. We can hear the frogs through our window, too.
School again in the morning. A busy week coming up. Enjoy your Sundays. Hope you soon will see the end of your snow, because your spring can't be too far away now.