We had a pretty vicious storm last night...well it wasn't too bad at our place, but other places got a bashing from large hailstones. The lightning was spectacular...sheet lightning continuously flickering for a couple of hours interspersed with vivid bolts of forked lightning. The thunder cracked, the wind howled and the rain pelted down...and we lost power...again. This time it was a total blackout. So out with the torches and candles...the kids next door signalling to the kids across the back...and Fred, Jane and I sat and drink wine. The poor dogs were terrified and had to be chained up, otherwise they would have bolted.
I wandered home about 9.30 and went to bed, hoping that the power would be on by morning. However, I didn't get much sleep because the thunder and lightning continued all night and is still going as I type this...at 6.53 am! The tanks are overflowing...but as they were pretty close to full, that was inevitable. According to the rain gauge, we had 20 ml of rain in about an hour last night. This lot is pretty widespread and the dams will be getting their fill too, with run-off now. Because we've had a relatively good amount of rain since August, the ground is not soaking the water up so much, therefore run-off is created and that continues for a few days after the rain has stopped, thus adding to dam levels.
One of the surgeons I work with was born out west and is a bushie from way back. For months he's been saying we'll get a big dump of rain in November...judging by the present lot, there may be something in what he says. The ants usually give us an inkling of what's going on, we see them scurrying around in their droves and quite often get an invasion inside. And yes, we've had ants inside...so, there's more rain coming.
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We had Stacey's 18th birthday party on Saturday night. Her actual birthday was 17 October, but because her mum and stepdad were living the life of luxury cruising the Pacific around that time, we had it on Saturday night. A good time was had by all...she loved her gifts, and no doubt there were some sore heads the next day. Not me...I was driving and limited myself to a couple of glasses of strawberry champagne quite early in the piece.
As well as human guests, we had some of the local wildlife join us, too. A couple of green frogs came and gobbled up the flying ants that were attracted by the lights and before dusk, a king parrot flew in, right under the patio roof, landed on top of the bird cage and started feeding from some seed Darryl had put there. He comes everyday and sometimes his mate comes with him. They are the most beautiful birds...green head and upper back darkening to bluey/green wings and tail, with a bright scarlet breast. I couldn't believe how unafraid he was...there was music going, people talking and laughing and walking around...and he just kept eating. We didn't go up to him but just sat at the table watching him...all totally entranced.
Well, that's it. The rain is pouring down, there's still a bit of lightning and thunder and the green frog that lives in the downpipe outside my bedroom window is croaking his delight at all the water. I may log on and see if anyone has downloaded some work for me.
Have a good week.