After months of drought, several months, in fact, since last September, raging bushfires have cost the lives of 33 people and over 3000 homes lost, but finally, it has rained.
Now in some places, we have the problem of flooding, but I think for the most part people are coping with flood far better than they did with the bushfires.
What was once a barren brown land has come alive, everywhere is green again, lawn mowers are being fuelled up, and our landscape has changed.
This coming weekend there is talk of a cyclone bringing more rain to the east coast, big seas and strong winds. Beaches are being eroded and holiday destinations are suffering because on the one hand fire was threatening so many and now its rain and flood.
In 1908 the poet Dorothea Mackellar wrote her most famous poem, “My Country” in which she wrote:
‘I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains…’
You could say nothing much has changed apart from the summers lasting longer and starting earlier.