Never before have I been so obsessed with the coming of rain! I remember being mildly obsessed with it back 10 years of more when Brisbane was in the grip of a drought that reduced the city’s water reserves to less than 20%. But now that we depend on our rainwater tanks for our water needs – as well as the needs of our animals and garden – I anxiously ponder every week’s predictions like never before.
It’s been especially concerning the last few months as we have received less rainfall than our corner of the world usually gets, and the temperatures have been abnormally high. Here we are, heading towards the end of April, and even the nights are still warm. Ah climate change.
My words cannot express how cranky and frustrated our pathetic governments make me when it comes to this critical issue. The Queensland government has just approved the building of the southern hemisphere’s largest coal mine – by an utterly corrupt and immoral Indian corporation – an enterprise even the conservative banks have declared unprofitable – and this when it has just been understood that our Great Barrier Reef now has LESS THAN 10% of its area UNAFFECTED by coral bleaching and we have experienced our hottest autumn on record.
The continued devotion of our state and federal governments to the filthy habits of capitalism and economic expansion above all else – including our very ability to exist – is breathtakingly ignorant and they will surely go down in history as the ultimate Neros who fiddled whilst our nation burned. As the saying goes (more or less) “When the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught, the last river poisoned, only then will we realize that one cannot eat money.”
Politics aside – we finally had a lovely day of rain this week. It was such a relief. Beautiful fresh water danced across the tin roof and trickled noisily into our tanks. The ducks and geese threw up their wings in delight and spent the day stomping about in the wet, whilst all the other animals snuggled into the dry straw of their little homes.
And us? Oh it was such a lovely release from the sense, when the weather is dry and sunny, that we should be outside making the most of it, building and gardening and working. Instead, Julian settled in for some serious hacking. Noah worked on an exquisite embroidery he has designed. And I pottered about, thrilled to be inside and cosy.
There was the slow simmering of yellow split pea soup, the knitting up of the last few rows of my Milo Vest, and the delighted cutting out and stitching together of little squares of lovely fabrics that I have been gathering up over the last few weeks. I am making a simplified version of the Grand Total Quilt that appeared in the latest American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. I want to hang it on the wall above the sofa. Mmmmm …. can’t wait :-)
I so savour these days, and fingers crossed, as we move faster and faster towards winter, we will be granted more. Fingers crossed.