As a child, rain events would see us heading out in the paddock to check on creeks and dams and water courses, for no real reason other than to see the beauty of running water.
Our lives are so deeply entwined with the weather that no joy compares to that which comes with the wet.
With Tropical Cyclone Dylan crossing the coast several hundred kilometres to our north, we have been blessed to experience the gentle side-affect of rain that cyclones can bring.
With one hundred and forty millimetres having fallen in the past twenty-four hours, we were keen to get out and see how our newly repaired banks were holding up. Created to 'pond' water, a series of banks will allow water to 'sit' for many months, allowing the planting of ponded pasture, some plant types that provide great nutrition for cattle and will turn otherwise nutritionally deficient paddocks into great fattening ones.
When the rain stops we will avail ourselves of some para grass and pangola runners to be planted on the water's edge. These creeping grasses will follow the receding water and provide great feed year-round.
The kids were quick to abandon ship, far more interested in immersing themselves in the water than inspecting banks.
The pressure is certainly off for us now. Though we haven't had a rainfall report from Bottle Tree yet, the radar indicates it has moved over there now. We will head up for a closer inspection as soon as things dry out. Our thoughts are with those who haven't been so lucky, a second system is hopefully moving down next week and we can only hope the gaps will start to close in.