Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Rain; 6mm overnight and another 21 mm today!

Yesterday I started to cut up the wood from the kurrajong tree that Andrew cut down a couple of days ago.  There is still plenty to do,  but I can actually walk right in to the trunk of the tree and there is a pile of leafy trash and some seriously big logs of wood around the place...
... there's plenty of it,  and it isn't the best firewood either,  but I'll use it anyway for quick and cool fires for cooking rather than the long burning hot fires that I need for baking.  It's funny how you choose the wood by size and by species for the temperature of the fire that you need for cooking.  There isn't a dial on my stove,  just a front air space, a damper on the flue and an assortment of wood in the verandah and the yard.


Overnight we had the beginning of a storm.  At about 3.30 am,  there was really loud and close thunder and lightning...  and it began to rain.  By 9.00 am when I emptied the guage,  we had had 6mm and it began to look as though we had missed out (again!)
But hten it started to rain again and water was running everywhere...  I had to clear a few gutters and get some of the crap out of the strainers in the top of the tanks during the storm,  and I was very, very wet!  Water was running into the back verandah and across the yard... spectacular!  It is supposed to be the heaviest rain that we've had for about three years!   though none since.
In fact we had another 21mm within about an hour.  You can see how much from this little bowl that I had left outside when I planted the coriander seeds....
And so I went out this afternoon to see how the garden was faring...
      ... doggy footprints across the coriander patch  :-(....
... but the baby plants are doing ok.  Here are spring onions, swedes, peas (not up yet) chicory and kale...
closer are mostly onions and carrots...
... beetroot....
... potatoes (planted from the peelings of our dinner a few weeks ago.)   I let the  peels dry out and planted them a couple of weeks ago.
... and these particular broccoli plants were some that were given to me for nothing because they were supposed to be too sick to save...  it's amazing what some seasol and TLC can do :-)
... and this broccoli will be the first producer,  I'm betting...
... and nearby is surely the last zucchini for this year....  we'll have to wait for next summer for some more!  Meanwhile we'll have to make do with broccoli, cauliflower, onions and leeks for the winter...


I went on to see how my blood lilies (Haemanthus coccineus) are going... these are the same five from last week...
... down in the front yard are about 20 or 30 flowers... and they are not inexpensive!  I found them on sale for $16 each and then in England for 28.50 pounds,  and in the US for $15.   The descriptions for how hard they are to grow are interesting also!  They are native to South Africa but grow very well here and don't seem to need the "well drained" soil that is often mentioned. We have heavy clay!
 
One of the original ones is still fairly intact...  see the ant after the nectar...
The description of these say that the flowers are about 2cm across,  but this one is about 12 cmm in the longest direction.
And around the front of the house... another few new ones...
... and this one that has grown from a broken bulb that I buried a couple of years ago...  it's amazing how they come up with a beautiful flower with no other sign at all.
This is the water course down the front path and among the kurrajong leaves and pods.
It looks as though the rain has finished for now, but we have about 18,000 litres of water in four tanks and room for another 10,000 litres...  we'll soon have long showers... and daily if we want to!

PS Just heard on the news that the 32 mm that fell on Adelaide (100km south of us) and that this is the biggest rainstorm for 3 years.

1 comment:

Fiona (posts by her mum and dad) said...

A little rain is fine but this is getting out of control...when will it stop?!