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Sunshine!

Not confident yet, but it’s there. A perfect day to do the washing, get it dry and help out a bit with weeding at the school permaculture garden, mow the lawns and go for a well-deserved swim in a friend’s pool.

Since they are away on holiday, we had to fight our way through the tall grass and squelchy ground to the pool. But the water was wonderful, the view great and the kids and their friends had a great time playing outside for a change.

What a mood lifter!

Today we drove a friend to the Emergency Dental Clinic in Caloundra.

It was our first time out further than 20km from home since Christmas. We did a bit of shopping and then stopped for coffee and milkshakes on the way home in Maleny.

The rain held off mostly – we only encountered drizzle, but it was noticeable how much the roads had taken a beating over the last few weeks – the road near Maleny is hard to find among all the potholes.

I’m confident the weather is easing now a bit – even if we can expect more rain, the worst might be over. At least that seems to be the message my seedlings send – they’re waiting to re-populate a devastated and almost empty vegetable garden.

We’re thankful that we are not living in one of the areas affected by the floods.

Another day of rain, I emptied 97mm from the rain gauge.

The wind has picked up and pushed some of my young fruit trees over in the wet soil.

Once it stops, I will stake them upright again.

We had plans to go out over these two days,
but decided to not brave the weather and stay home.

More games, more puzzles…

Traditionally we, as a family, spend the morning of Christmas Day at the beach while all those of the English persuasion do their eating and gift-giving, but not this year.

We watched the rain fall, we thought of those who had to leave their homes at this time due to flooding, and followed old-fashioned indoor pursuits like playing games and doing puzzles.

We ate more shortbreads than were good for us, but luckily me and the kids got to ride our bikes in a rare break from showers – just around the extended block to visit and greet a few friends and neighbours. The uphill way to get to everyone was enough exertion in the high humidity to make us sweat and be glad to arrive back home via the downhill part of the circuit in the end.

To the disappointment of my Wwoofers we had to reschedule the outdoor BBQ to happen inside – I put our dinner in the oven instead and we laid the table inside for our Christmas dinner.

Afterwards we lounged beside the Christmas tree, this year with home made paper stars and baubles, and waited for Santa.

It seems that the rain was too much for Santa this year and he send one of his little helpers instead to deliver the presents to all us of the German tradition. The ‘Beschehrung’ was followed by an indulgent dessert and too much chocolate.

Merry Christmas to all!

I emptied another 127 mm of rain out of the gauge today.

Summer Solstice in the rain…

We had a traditional friends lunch today on my verandah – while it rained outside.

Those who come from Northern climates (eg: Darwin) sat at the table wrapped in scarves and thick jumpers, warming their hands over candle flames. The rest of us ate and drank (mostly tea) to keep warm.

What a contrast to our previous years’ get-togethers when we would huddle in shady areas, lightly dressed, sipping cold drinks to keep cool. This summer is promising to be a wet one, I just emptied another 176mm of water out of the rain gauge.

Maybe two days ago was summer? I’m glad we went out for a walk then or we would have missed it!

We had high hopes for tonight’s eclipse after yesterday’s clear moon rise, but the clouds gathered throughout the day until, by evening, the horizon was hidden in the mist again.

Still hopeful for a break to appear, we wandered down to the Eastern lookout to get a glimpse of the lunar eclipse as the moon rose at 6:41pm out of the ocean – but it was not to be. We waited until after 7pm but all we could see was a glow behind the clouds were the moon must have been.

The solstice eclipsed by clouds.

At least the rain held off for today.

Today was a glorious day. The sky was
clear, the air was dry, the sun warm and
we enjoyed an evening walk to wish neighbours and friends a happy Christmas.

The children came away with the best
treasure: A gorgeous home-made ginger-
bread house. I took a picture as I suspect
it won’t stay this whole for long.

On the way home we marvelled at
the gorgeous full moon rising into
a cloudless sky.

An absolutely beautiful day.

Covered in sugary snow… and smarties.

Today was a day for baking. The rain set in again and to beat the indoor holiday blues, I baked some sourdough and then we made Christmas shortbreads.

And now, we eat.

Yum!

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