Unheralded. I woke the child sharing my bed in Dad's absence and whispered, "Listen. It's here". 31 mm had fallen by morning, the radar showing the huge mass still to our north and slowly but surely coming our way. Matthew rang hourly for reports, 112 mm clocked by day end.
Uncannily, another 112 overnight. And another 107 since. A total of 331 mm, or just over 13 inches.
Absolutely beautiful. As at last night 15 inches had fallen at Bottle Tree, possibly another couple since. We look forward to getting up there to see running creeks and bywashing dams. A bridge washout will have us stay away for at least a few days.
Kids were quick to set out exploring gullies, keen to stretch their legs and investigate waterways.
And just as the rain arrived, so did a new little visitor.
Orphaned at birth, friends brought her over to be raised on one of our over-producing milkers.
Kept warm and dry in the vet shed Miss Daisy Blossom has been the perfect guest.
A more adorable, loving little girl you'd never wish to meet, new sister for Delta Dawn and foster daughter for the beautiful Olivia.
And so as it's rained, bookwork has been completed, the dining table re-finished and the sewing machine pulled out ... with dressmaking complete, now time for some more name-tagging as we ready ourselves for the new school year.
And of course, as we celebrate the anniversary of the settlement of this great land,
Wallace threw together a most Australian smoko for us ... Happy Australia Day.