Mum told me this morning that we had thirteen centimetres of rain last night. Everything feels washed clean and the ground is spongy underfoot. The plants in the garden are standing upright and although it's still singlet weather, there's a tinge of about to be cold in the air and a whiff of more rain to come.
Yesterday the ground was so dry that Grace was making sandcastles in the vegie patch and I was bucketing washing machine water over the lemon tree and some of my herbaceous plants that looked on the verge of death. Even the weeds had given up. We'd swept the paths and tidied up but dust just blew around. Now lovely rain has washed the paths clean. Hopefully there really will be more rain again soon and seeds lying dormant will shoot and then we'll have a garden again.