This morning I woke up to this view of the back lawn.......
and this is the front path......
and this is next door's fron garden !!!
Yes, it's rained all night .....
and yes, this is a BIG thing for us !
Ever since I've been writing this blog I've been moaning and whingeing about:
how DRY it is
how HOT it is,
how Brown the lawn is.
Well, the drought has broken.
It's been slowly improving for a while now...
and the dam that supplies us with drinking water has slowly been filling up courtesy of a dam further up the river overflowing.
But, with the rain we've had over the weekend we've finally made it.
Our dam is officially full for the first time in TEN years !
In fact there is so much water that they have to let some of it out so they have opened the spillway for the first time in ten years.
We couldn't miss this opportunity to see all that water so Tony and I set off to have a look.
It is still raining a bit ......
and there's plenty of water around.
We arrived at the dam and drove first into the lovely picnic areas.
No-one picnicing today !
All is deserted...
and yes, it certainly is FULL !
This poor little be-draggled magpie was all fluffed up trying to dry off his feathers in one of the many picnic shelters.
We drove around to have a look at the spillway.
The air was full of spray from the huge amount of water that was being released from the dam.
and the water was surging off down the Brisbane River towards town.
I inched my way towards the railing to get a better shot of the spillway, clutching the umbrella over my head trying to protect the camera.
All I could manage was a one-handed point and shoot, as I battled to prevent the umbrella from turning inside out in the strong gusts of wind caused by the powerful water below.
Very wet despite the umbrella and raincoat, I sent Tony out to try his luck .
This is the photo he managed to take.
and one of the boiling cauldren below us.
By this time we were wet and bedraggled so we dried off with a towel we had cleverly thought to bring with us and headed home.