It’s raining here in hot, steamy Brisbane. The last time it rained like this in January we had such severe flooding that insurance premiums went up by 50%. I jest. Actually, it was a pretty rough time for many Brisbane residents whose homes and possessions were destroyed by flood and now I’m hoping our council’s flood mitigation plans are well in place!

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It’s been raining a solid 24 hours, and there’s no indication it will stop any time soon. The clothes on the line are sodden – I might have to give up and re-spin them and dry them in the dryer. I hate doing this as it’s normally so hot here the sun dries them in 30 minutes when line-hung. But we’re at the time of year when mould and mildew becomes a problem. If the clothes aren’t dried properly they start to smell once stored away. I’m thinking I might have to MacGyver (or life hack, not sure which) some moisture soakers for my clothes drawers. Charcoal is not my preferred home hack!


I love the rain, and I like the lowered temperatures it brings. It’s cool enough here for me to wear long sleeved t-shirts! (that’s saying a lot, usually in January I just want to be completely nekked. Now I understand why people wear thongs – flip flops – and mu-mus in tropical places). Once the rain stops, though, the steam starts. It’s like being in a sauna without an exit door. By April I’ve gone bonkers.

So in things to do on this cool, rainy Summer’s day: I’ll make some home-made muesli. I’ll cook Brownies. I’ll do that washing thing. I’ll buy some groceries. I’ll watch another episode or 4 of season 7 of the West Wing. I’ll finally start compiling my tax (groan).


It’s a slow news day here today.

(Quick edit: Just discovered 2 of our plastic storm water pipes have come adrift from their other pipes due to the intensity and speed of the rainfall and are pouring water onto the concrete garage floor – we have a high-set Queenslander and it’s basically an outdoor space under the house. The water just pours out into the garden and it’s not as weird as it sounds. Now a trip to Bunnings awaits for some plumbing glue or whatever it’s called. Sigh. But what a great opportunity to also buy some fresh herbs to plant in my long dead herb garden – I’m so sick of buying cut herbs and having them go off in the fridge.)


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