|First real rain since early October|
rained, and a real gutter -spiller it was, complete with thunder and lightning.
I don't think we've had a drop of rain since I came back from Broome on the 4th
All around you can hear
the bush and the trees sighing with relief and I feel much the same. Before
that it’s been a bit like "Troppo Season" in Darwin just before the rains hit, which
is usually accompanied by an excess of violence, pub brawls
and road rage. Then, when the rain does finally
break, you feel like going out and dancing in it. That how I felt last night.
|Kangaroo Mum and baby popped down this morning for a spot of green grass - note how skinny Mother Kangaroo is|
It’s been over 37oC for the past few days and everything has
been tinder dry. Tempers have been short too. Indeed, the Allied Shop
Assistants Union has been thinking of going on strike due to abusive shoppers.
So much for Christmas Cheer. To be fair,
while I was braving the crowds yesterday, one nice man with a massive trolley
let me go ahead of him with my single bottle of milk and a box of chocolates. It's hard to get excited about snowflakes and turkey dinners when you break out in a sweat just getting out your credit card.
Outside in the parking lot, there were standoffs over the
last available parking space that had a tiny bit of shade and I could see people sitting in
their cars with motors running and the aircon on, eating icecream. Even the trolleys seemed to prefer the shade.
|Taking a break in the shade|
Blame my suspicious nature, but I’ll swear they were up to
something the way they clustered together in conspiratorial knots.
Were they plotting revenge on thoughtless shoppers who abandon them on vacant lots, use them
as baby carriages, or simply leave them in the street to be monstered by
traffic? (It doesn’t happen to Aldi’s because
you have to pay for those). Don’t say
you haven’t been warned.
|".... And we demand better pay and conditions, or at least the deal that Aldi's trolleys have."|
|"No more Trolley Abuse!!" I say|
As you may have guessed, I don’t have much to report at the
moment- no stunning photos or exciting adventures, but not for lack of activity – end of year
concerts, family moving house, Christmas parties, guests coming, people leaving, including me. I’ll be
heading back to Tasmania later in the week and then it will be full on
Christmas mode for a couple of weeks.
|"Wait for me!"|
|"... And we must get together in the New Year."|
case I don’t manage to write to you individually this year, please accept my
very best wishes for a lovely time with family and friends and a happy, healthy and prosperous New
Year. It wouldn’t have to try very hard
to be better than this one was.
Cheers for now