Please sir, can we have some more?
No, its not food that I’m after (a la Oliver Twist).
Need some more.
Since moving to the country almost 7 years ago, one of the things that I have loved the most is that we (and our children) are so aware of the seasons around us.
We feel it when it is cold – we have frost, we have ice and there is snow on a mountain only 45 minutes away (and sometimes even closer).
When it is wet we have slushy muddy grounds, overflowing dams and the “always there” possibility of flooding.
When the day is hot – it’s hot. The air feels as though it is burning. We are on fire watch. It doesn’t let up. In a recent run of hot weather where other parts of the state were complaining about one day that hit 41 degrees, we had a run of five days over 40 degrees, with one day reaching 44.8 C.
I love it. Truly I do. I love being connected to the seasons and experiencing the reality of what is happening with the earth.
The one bit that I am not enjoying at the moment though is the lack of rain. We bought our land towards the “end” of the drought. The earth was dry and parched. Dust everywhere. Dry grass – what there was of it. Empty dams. Certainly no puddles. That was just the way that it was.
We then lived through about 16 months of rain. A deluge. Minor flooding. Our dam filled up. The water tanks were constantly full. The grass was green. The ground was squishy underfoot. It was almost too wet.
Things have gone a little too far in the full circle direction at the moment for my liking. The water level in the dam is dropping. My veggie garden is a dust bowl. And we really have to take notice of the water levels in the tanks.
We are not “on town water”. What that means is that the two water tanks (about 54 000 litres) outside is all that we have. For washing – us, clothes, dishes. For looking after our garden. For looking after our chooks.
If it runs out, we have to get a truck with a tank on the back to come up with a load of water (that we pay for) and part fill the tanks. We have done that once – when we first moved in – and haven’t done it since. Fingers crossed there is some rain on the horizon and we don’t have to do it again.
So again – please sir, can we have some more?
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