What felt like a single hours long storm was actually a few storms that had coalesced into one massive 500km long front that battered the east coast of Australia. I've had the computer unplugged for quite a while these last couple of days as we seem to be having one storm after another following like a multi-course meal only without knowing how many courses are left after you're starting to feel a liiiitle bit full.
After raining for a good part of the night, the storms continued rolling through this morning and again this afternoon. There were reports of large (golf ball to tennis ball sized) hailstones around the city; however, we somehow managed to escape the full brunt of the storm, instead simply receiving heavy rain at home. Our house must be situated in a protected hollow on the sheltered side of the ridge as we have managed to avoid all the severe weather events like today's and the floods last year. We can easily see the storm fronts coming from the west but at the last minute they turn and dart north leaving us with just rain.
Apologies for the absence of photographs in this post, I hope my descriptions suffice. My camera simply couldn't capture the brooding storm clouds as they lumbered north. In particular I wanted to capture the dark rumbling clouds with the faint arch of a rainbow daring to venture out in the foreground but dimmed every few seconds by flashes of lightning. It was as if the storm had turned its face over its shoulder to smile at me while at the same time continuing to smite the poor residents of the CBD.
On a brighter note, the moist soil made for some easy weeding this afternoon in the lull before the last storm hit and meant that I felt a rather urgent urge to clean up the yard and dispose of some things that really should have been gone a long time ago. The rainwater tank is now more than half full (up from barely a quarter) and the garden certainly won't need watering again for a little while meaning more time for planting and more weeding. The wet weather also means I've spent more time indoors poring over books by the likes of Edna Walling and Monty Don and absorbing their inspirations and lessons on garden design and plant selection. I can only dream that one day the garden will be a productive, beautiful and restful place like those described in their writing.