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December Storms

Before 7:00am this morning I had a kookaburra waiting outside my kitchen window for breakfast. Husband left for work early, so my day began about an hour earlier. I had already given the pot plants a watering and finished a few chores around the house when kookie arrived, and when I went out with his meat, the magpie family arrived too.

Moments after I went outside, there was a huge thunderclap in the valley, and a few spits of rain suggested an approaching storm. A quick downfall, accompanied by several more loud crack of nearby thunder though, and it was all over.

Petunias waiting to be planted.

By 9:00am, I was heading out to spend a few hours Christmas shopping with my daughter. We had a lovely morning, and met up with my other daughter and her two-year-old, Aurora, for morning tea. Aurora’s other Nana joined us for coffee as well, and met my baby grandson, Eli, for the first time.

Last years Gazanias, still looking happy, regardless of our excessive early summer heat.

I may have finished my Christmas shopping now. Hopefully I have, as the only reason I want to go to the shops now is to buy food.

Later this afternoon, the threatened morning storm arrived in earnest, with thunder, and heavy rain. After the storm passed, husband checked the rain guage, and found that we’d had 20ml. of rain in about half an hour.

I hadn’t expected any amazing sunset colour-show in the valley after seeing the amount of white mist that had rolled in with the storm. Half way through cooking dinner though, this is what I saw –

The sky lit up in orange-red hues, the mist had disappeared, and the valley made her magical early evening offering yet again. ❀

16 thoughts on “December Storms

    1. Flowers do indeed bring joy, I agree. πŸ™‚
      I’ll have to check out your list of upcoming posts, because you’ve given me an idea. Sunrises and sunsets on the beach are amazing! I wonder if they are on your list?

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  1. Wow, what an amazing sight – glad you looked!
    My heart yearns for the social activities you describe. As you may have read, we’re experiencing a different kind of deluge here with C-19 cases rising exponentially. As Joni Mitchell sang, “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” 😦

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    1. It is such a difficult time the world over, and after the restrictions we have had here so far, people are wary when in public areas. Everywhere we go there are signs reminding us to social distance, and we see hand sanitiser sitting on tables in doorways everywhere we enter. I heard a comment on the TV last night that Australia and New Zealand are both very lucky countries as we have been able to isolate ourselves being island nations. Our warmer climate is also in our favour. My heart breaks for all the people I know living in continents where there are several countries adjoining one another. Perhaps the newly introduced vaccinations will be successful and life will resume some form of normality soon. I do hope so. Meanwhile, take care, Eliza. xx

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