It's been another one of those hot, dry, depressing Perth summers but at last the heavens opened this week. We had 18mm on Sunday night and 19mm today. Before that the only rainfall we'd had this year was 13mm in one day of January. People who don't live here probably can't understand why I say depressing for Perth's summer weather. Most people associate sunny skies with being happy and grey skies with being sad, but you just have to live here a while to know how eight weeks of sunny weather with temps over 30C most days and not a drop of rain can get to you. Perth just had the hottest summer on record (until next year?), with averages of 31, 32 and 34C for December, January and February respectively. Gardening is almost impossible in these conditions with Perth's sandy soils, especially since the heat saps your energy for getting stuff done in the garden. So we've been hunkering down and praying for cool weather and rain. The grey skies and storms came today and we rejoiced.
The garden is soaking up the rain and my favourite thing to do on these days is watch the tank filling from inside the house. We now have over 6,000L in the tank, which I'll leave a week or so to settle before we turn it on.