The winter weather arrived again today. We had wind and rain, and a little hail, so we are topping up our water tanks nicely, which I am really pleased about.
One of the things I find bewildering here are the flowers. Gilbert and Sullivan said 'the flowers that bloom in the spring, tra la, have nothing to do with the case' in one of their operetta's but here the flowers are blooming and it is still mid winter, we are still getting frosts, for goodness sake. Yet the daffodils, roses, daisies, and many others are out in force! I just don't get it. Still, it certainly makes mid winter very beautiful.
I took the kids today to go and cut a friend's hedge. Mostly because I wanted to play with their electric hedge trimmer. Clare also enjoyed using it, so the boys were reduced to the chainsaw and the shears. Still I hope the owners feel that their hedge looks better, it is certainly shorter, but the comment made was 'the difference between a good and a bad cut is about a week!' so hopefully it will grow back.
Paddy had made us chocolate bread for lunch, which was delicious with blackcurrant jam, and gave us the energy to deal with the garden work. Then we went and met a young wombat, called Julia. She was really cute, and a lot heavier for her size than I had expected. She was determined to burrow into Clare's jersey with her head, really sweet!
Then Dave landed safely back on the island, and we heard all about the GPS taking him on a scenic route, while he was trying to rush back to be in time to catch his flight. Anyway he made it, and we have a final few days with the whole family together.