A big sigh: “I wish the rain would stop. It’s been raining for months.”

We decide to work out exactly how long this wet weather has been around.

“Did it rain on your birthday, Callum?”


“Yes. Do you remember how we went bowling because the weather wasn’t good enough for a picnic.”

So it was raining in February.


“We managed to go for a picnic on Gemma-Rose’s birthday..."

"... but it rained heavily on the way there and on the way home again!”

So it was raining in January.

“What did we do on your birthday, Imogen?”


“Dad cooked us bacon and eggs on the barbeque by the lake, after Mass.”

“Yes it was sunny...”

“... but the clouds rolled in on the way home and it was raining by lunch time!”

So it was raining in November.


“Thomas’ birthday was fine...”

"... and warm. That was a very unusual day."


“Charlotte had her birthday during the beach holiday. Do you remember how hard it rained on the way to the coast? We were lucky to get a few dry days that week. Charlotte's birthday was dry..."

".. until the evening, then it poured with rain!”

So it was raining in October.


“We went go-cart racing on Duncan’s birthday. It rained so hard that morning, we were sure our session was going to be cancelled. We almost didn’t set out for the track.”

So it was raining in September.

“What did we do on Dad’s birthday?”


“We went to the mall for morning tea..."

"... because it was too wet to go anywhere else.” Everyone laughs.

So it was raining in July.


"On Sophie's birthday, we stayed home and watched Tangled..."

"... because it rained!"

Was it raining on Felicity's birthday? Probably not. It never rains in Perth. Every time she phones home she says, "It's beautiful and sunny. We've been down to the beach," and I say, "It's still raining here."


“Do you remember your birthday, Mum? We made dinner for you and we had to get out all the heaters to make sure the guests were warm..."

"... because it was so cold and WET!”

So it was raining in April. 

That was almost a year ago. It has been a very wet year.

Gemma-Rose was born during the drought. For a long time, she never knew what rain was. Every day we prayed for rain and we looked hopefully up at the sky, but it never arrived. The grass was brown and threadbare, everything was covered in dust, we had to watch every drop of water we used… and everyone was busy talking about global warming, the necessity for water desalination plants and the fact that the dams would never ever again fill to their capacity.

Now the dams are overflowing, the roads are flooded, the grass reaches to our knees because it never dries out long enough to cut, and ‘global warming’ has turned into ‘climate change.’ I’d be tempted to complain but I know while it is so wet, we don’t have to worry about bushfires. Nothing could possibly burn in this weather.

It seems impossible that any more rain can fall. Where is it all coming from? I am sure we have enough rain to satisfy the needs of a few other countries, as well as our own. I think we must have someone else’s supply. Somewhere on this earth, it is hot and dry and people are down on their knees praying for rain... like we were a few years ago.

Is it you? Have we got your rain? Would you like it back? I am sure we’d be very happy to share.
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  1. Some parts of the UK have had less rainfall than usual this winter and it is possible we will have a hosepipe ban to save water.

    On really dry years people are told to save water by not washing the car, and by not using garden sprayers or hosepipes, and to shower rather than take a bath, or by using bath water to water the plants (!).

    I try to help by taking my whisky neat.

    God bless.

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    1. Victor,

      I can't imagine it being dry in the UK! We get certain ideas fixed in our minds... You live in a country where it's supposed to rain a lot of the time. And I guess most people think we live somewhere that is hot and dry all the time, but it's not like that at all.

      We've had water restrictions many times. I really didn't mind a hosepipe ban. I don't like watering the garden or washing cars anyway!

      So community minded of you to drink your whisky neat!

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  2. You know, Sue ... I've been thinking about the potential water shortage in the UK.

    They say that when we've had a dry winter like this year the water levels in lakes and rivers drops to "drought" levels.

    Why don't they fix long hoses to buildings near lakes and rivers, open the taps, and replenish the lakes and rivers? It's so simple I can't understand why no one thought of it before.

    God bless.

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    1. Victor,

      We once lived on a fish farm during a very dry period. The water level in the fish dams was falling to a critical level, and the farmer wanted to empty our house tank water into the nearby dam, via a hosepipe. We couldn't believe it. Solve one problem by giving us another. So maybe your suggestion isn't so crazy after all! Someone did actually think of it before you.

      God bless!

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  3. Yay, my comments are working again! Only trouble is that I've forgotten what I was going to say:-/

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    1. Vicky,

      It is so good to see you back on my blog again. Weren't you going to share your thoughts on Continental knitting? If so, you are on the wrong post!

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  4. As you can probably tell, my comments on your blog aten't working properly, after all. This comment may come in lots of little stages - but, at least, it will look as though you have lots of commenters on this post!

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    1. Vicky,

      If I reply to each of your little comments individually, this post really will look very popular! Yes, I think that's what I'll do!

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  5. I don't know if that second comment published or not. If it did, it has aten't instead of aren't but my iPad assures me that that is correct and who am I to argue? It is, after all, a sophisticated piece of modern technology.

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    1. Vicky,

      Your iPad ate your comment? Or it ate not? No, your comment is definitely here. I didn't even notice the spelling mistake. Shows how observant I am!

      God bless!

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  6. Again, my comment froze and published itself! My iPad has turned into a monster with a mind and will of its own:-O

    Is it me or is it you, do you think? I've managed to comment on a couple of other blogs, today. But, then, I have had this happen before. I've a sneaky feeling that it might be me.

    Anyway, I was going to comment on the rain, but we have lovely sunshine here, today. We've had a wet summer but not so bad as in Sydney and the a southern Highlands

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    1. Vicky,

      I suppose the problem could be with my blog. I don't know. It's publishing all my comments. I wonder if anyone else can't post comments here. You could try an old fashioned computer and see if that solves the problem.

      I can't believe you've had sunshine up your way. Just shows how different the weather can be in different regions. We didn't turn on the air conditioner even once during the summer. We didn't have even one uncomfortably hot day. Just rain and more rain and rain...

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  7. I give up! I will phone you on the old-fashioned blower and have a chat, instead:-S

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    1. Vicky,

      Any afternoon next week, I'd love to chat. Thanks for trying to comment so many times!

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  8. Sue, I think it's you!!!

    I just commented on Mary's blog and blogger didn't fight me.

    Or, maybe, you've set up some sort of block to weed out undesirables...

    I couldn't blame you - I've been losing followers, lately, so

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    1. Vicky,

      No block. I don't even have word verification. And I love seeing you here!

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  9. Sue, it's me:-(

    I think my iPad just humiliated me on Gae's blog:-(

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    1. Vicky,

      I couldn't see anything humiliating, unless it hasn't been published yet! Now you have me intrigued. Remember: humiliation is good... unless of course it happens to me!

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    2. No, it deleted the comment with the iPad 'corrections' instead of publishing it automatically. I've worked out that it once happens on certain blogs - mainly yours and Elisa's. Maybe, they're set up the same. I also worked out that I can just edit them after I press publish. Now, if I'd known that before, you wouldn't have a very impressive/looking 20 comments on this post!

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    3. The edit button doesn't come up on your blog!!! Back to the drawing board...

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    4. Vicky,

      I don't know what I can do about the edit button. I haven't set my blog up in an unusual way and we don't seem to have Blogger toolkits to tinker around and fix problems with. When I comment I don't usually use the 'edit' function so I don't know if I ever have a problem on certain blogs. I hope this doesn't put you off commenting!

      I like my impressive 20+ comments. There's no problem there as far as I can see!!

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    5. Vicky,

      I have just had another thought. If your comment gets published before you've edited it, can't you just delete it and start again?

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    6. I could delete it but then I have to keep starting again - very frustrating because it won't let me copy and paste. But, I think the answer is to preview first. Your blog doesn't have edit because you have no security thingies set up. I think this will work, though.

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  10. Hi Sue,

    I had no idea you were experiencing so much rain. We've had plenty in our area so please don't send it our way!! Too much rainy weather can affect my mood and I tend to feel more tired. I need the sun as we all do. I will pray that sunny skies are coming your way.

    The rain sure didn't change the good times your family had at the birthday celebrations! Lovely pictures.

    If interested, Jennifer at Crafolic is offering a giveaway on my blog if you'd like to come by and enter :) It's an e-file so it can zip right to you via cyberspace.

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    1. Noreen,

      I think we all need some regular sunshine. When it rains so much, it's difficult to get outside and get proper exercise and see people. Today the sun is shining!!! As soon as Andy returns from the swimming pool with the girls, he is going to cut the grass. Rain is supposed to return tomorrow so it looks like he has only a tiny window of opportunity.

      I remember a photo on your blog where your husband was clearing the snow from your driveway. Is winter over for you? Is it warming up as spring approaches?

      Yes, all the birthdays were enjoyed immensely despite the bad weather!

      Thank you for telling me about the giveaway, Noreen. I love e-file giveaways because anyone can enter. I will be right over to your blog!

      Always so lovely to chat to you on my blog. God bless.

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  11. We are nearing the end of our Winter season and it had been a mild one at that. Not too much snow this year and we certainly didn't experience being snowed in like last year!

    Thanks for coming over and entering. I'm sure you know Jennifer and her creative crafts. I'm working on a St. Paddy's craft that is a combination of one of hers, Tiffany's and elsewhere. I can't recall the elsewhere at the moment. I plan to use it in my class tomorrow.

    Blessings to you and your family!

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    1. Noreen,

      I hear that it's been a mild winter all over the US, this year. And Europe have had an excessively cold winter. I wonder what we are in for after our very wet non-existent summer? Anything is possible!

      St Patrick's Day? Yes, that's only a few days away! It sounds like you are really enjoying your classes. I love hearing about the crafts you do with your children.

      God bless!

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