Judging by the views of my last post,it seems that I am not the only person who felt a sense of sheer joy when I saw the photo of the pink albino dolphin yesterday.In recent times, with all the doom and gloom, we fail to appreciate the wonders of nature that are all around us.Yesterday here in Melbourne, we experienced a different but no less amazing example of nature- a massive dust storm and gale forced winds, which lasted all day (and throughout the night).Outside, there is hardly a surface that is not covered in red dust.As I am big on fresh air and have all the windows opened constantly, the house needs to be thoroughly dusted (again) too!Fortunately, we did not suffer any wind damage, although I was worried about a large, native gum tree we have in the front yard. It was contorted and bent out of shape and I was sure that eventually something would have to give but it is standing proud this morning.
There was a sprinkling of precipitation last night too. Not enough to soak into the ground but enough to settle some of the dust. I find the smell of summer rain beautiful. There is something evocative about it and it reminds me of long hot summer days followed by spectacular thunderstorms.
Although it is much cooler today, there is still quite a lot of wind and the sky is grey. I hope that there is some substantial rain soon because the water storage levels are down to 30%- the lowest recorded level ever. I believe the Government should act immediately and announce the next level of restrictions or at the very least, prohibit individuals from watering their gardens. Yes, I realise that people get immense pleasure from their gardens but the time has come to put community need in front of personal pleasure!
I want to take this opportunity to recommend to readers, that they visit a friend and fellow blogger’s site http://poietes.wordpress.com/ and read her post dated March 2, 2009- Death by a Thousand Cuts. It is a poignant piece of writing and well worth reading.