Yesterday and today have been by far the coldest of the winter so far – uncomfortably cold. The best part about this icy weather is that it has been accompanied by some very light rain: 4mm one evening, 4mm the next, and today we measured a ‘whopping’ 12mm! The garden is rejoicing. Look at this flower on the ginger bush:

Even the dry grass in the background has greened up over the past two damp days! It is wonderful to see damp soil in the patch of garden around the bird feeders instead of dust.

This is not a quality picture at all, but the very sharp-eyed among you might just recognise the shape of a Knysna Turaco in the leafless tree. I counted five of them in the garden yesterday! The strong Berg Wind that brought the cold front in its wake shook the trees and sent leaves cascading all over the garden. Instead of the usual crunch underfoot, I could delight in seeing wet leaves on the path.

Already Cape White-eyes and other birds having been making use of the pools of water that have collected in the aloe leaves.

These are snaps taken with my cell phone – not brilliant, but enough to share with you the joy of hearing the soft pattering of raindrops during the night; of breathing in the delicously damp aromas of wet soil, wet dry grass, and the unparalleled freshness of rain-washed air. They are good enough to convey the feeling that there is hope and that – despite the cold – even that little rain has revived me just as it has perked up the flowers in my tiny patch of garden and brought a new ‘growth-energy’ to the almost dead lemon tree in the back garden.

In the words of Langston Hughes:

Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby


34 thoughts on “IT HAS RAINED

  1. Glad to hear you got rain! Do you harvest lemons from your tree? I would love to be able to grow lemons. It’s just finished raining here, and more forecast all day and tonight – I’ve never seen a July with so much rain, almost every day. The grass is still spring green instead of the usual burnt brown we often have mid-summer. I bought a new garden hose and haven’t had to use it once. It seems the world is in a state of extremes.


    • During the ‘good’ years (of rain) our tree produces a lot of lemons. I use these for all sorts of things, such as making lemon syrup (a delicious summer cordial); baking; sometimes for rinsing my hair (softens it πŸ™‚ ), cleaning brass and so on. Our brief period of rain appears to have gone for there is none forecast for the next while at least.

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  2. Even though we don’t have your kind of drought spells we do have them. I know that glorious feeling of being uplifted as the garden responds to the rain. Walking on soft grasses instead of crunching through the garden throwing up dust with each step. And the smell, opening the door and feeling the softness of the air. Ahhhhh….


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    • Rain is always welcome here, even in the smallest amounts:4mm this time and hopefully a little more later in the week. All too often the long-term forecasts prove to be disappointing.

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