I rushed out to rescue the washing from the clothes line - it certainly wasn't dry, but too dry to get wet in the rain that was threatening. I was casually watching out the kitchen window at the rain as it absolutely hosed down and to my great surprise I saw a brilliant flash of fire then smoke rising from behind the trees not far from our back fence. Almost instantaneously our power went off. The lightning must have hit a transformer supplying electricity to our area. At a guess I'd say a good inch and a half of rain fell in the next hour. Absolutely pelted down!
The power was restored a couple of hours later. At least there was enough light by sitting close to the window, to read for that length of time.
But no matter what the weather, baby birds continue to feed, and birthday parties happen. For the past three days, Mr and Mrs Scaly Breasted Lorikeet have brought baby SBL to my window. I simply love their huge black baby eyes as they stumble around the tray trying to make out what they are supposed to do with this stuff that mum and dad seem to be wolfing down their throats. It hasn't taken long and he/she has gotten the idea of what to do, but despite that still needs some from mum as well. It is amazing thing to watch at such close range!
And parties! Grandson E had his today to celebrate his 8th birthday. Daughter had asked me to make the cake so after trying to decide how to decorate it, finished up with a 'Mario' theme since the kids at the moment are all crazy for DS and Wii games featuring this cute character. The water is really too cold at this time of the year but the new pool has a heater installed and after 12 hours switched on overnight, the kids were able to swim and play in 30C warmth! A bit chilly getting out though!
The storm has now gone and the skies are clear-ish but tomorrow we are promised from the weather bureau a bit more of the same - and rain throughout the coming week. At least we won't need to water the garden or top up the pool!