Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, November 7, 2009

IT'S RAINING or is it?

I welcome the sight of rain clouds gathering overhead, hoping, hoping that they will drop plenty of well needed rain on our parched garden and brown grass. We have had a few showers over the last few days but not the amount needed to soak into the ground.

Hopefully this time it will last longer.

Yes! Here it is, I hope it stays and doesn't blow over.

The leaves and trees love it.

I love it!

My neighbour loves it!

Look! Real raindrops, as precious as diamonds.

Alas! I no sooner came inside and it stopped.

The clouds disappeared and back to our beautiful blue sky. (It is very unusual for us to see plane vapour trails in Brisbane as the air is usually too warm. Maybe because it had just rained is the reason this one occurred but if you look closely it has stopped and the plane is heading for the corner of the photo without its trail.)

The birds are all excited now that they can find water easily. They are singing and chirping like mad and in the case of the parrots, screeching noisily. It is great to hear they are all happy.

The Magpies are warbling and squawking for food.

The Butcher Bird is singing for his supper and

I am wishing for more rain.


  1. Lovely Diane...Your backyard must sound a little like mine with the noise of the birds...the rain was absolutely wonderful.

  2. It's great to see everyone, humans and birds, enjoying the rain. I hope you get more very soon. I see you have Magpies, we have those here as well. The Butcher bird is so cute.

  3. It's not right ! we have too much rain you don't have enough ! Love your pictures of "singing in the rain", hahaha ! I would rather cry !

  4. Don't you just love the smell of rain: both in its approach and as it hits the parched land. I suspect what you got in Brisbane was the edge of the bucketing that the folk in Coffs Harbour received. Poor things: some have been flooded out for the 5th time this year.

    One man's meat is another man's poison.

    I love the photo of you doing a jig in the rain and the one of Bill feeding the butcher bird.

  5. Glad you got a little rain. I love the birds especially the parrot, he is so colourful!

  6. Oh I'm so jealous. :) It has not rained here since one little rainstorm that lasted about one minute during the summer one evening and then none since Christmas Day of 2008. Even the cactus are holding their throats choking from dust. The birds are so beautiful there.

  7. I am so happy you got some rain. I love your birdie photos and it is so neat that you can hand feed them. I love the colorful parrot.

  8. Oh I know what you are going through Diane. Until this year (when we have had alot of rain), we had been in a horrible drought also... Everytime it would rain---somehow it would miss us. My hubby always said that our area had a HUGE umbrella over us!!!! ha

    Glad you got a little of the wet stuff...Hope you get more soon. That is the neatest picture of you holding the umbrella --with your hand stretched up. LOVE it.

    Your birdies are so pretty and colorful.. They are very different from ours here.

  9. Yay!!! Rain! I know how you feel. I'm going to be so happy when we ever get enough rain to actually make a puddle. Love the photos of the birds. Such beautiful birds. You live in a lovely spot.

  10. Do you have any idea how blessed you and Bill are to live in these beautiful surroundings? Your gardens are like heaven, and these wonderful creatures visiting would be the icing on heaven for me.

    I wish Memphis were like this.

  11. Rain becomes so precious when it is scarce.

    Meanwhile, we had such an unusually rainy summer that we were praying for sunshine!

    Your bird visitors are so wonderful! The parrot is so colorful!

  12. What a lovely Post to come back to Diane.

    So glad you have your rain! It has now moved down the coast. We have had 2 days of wet weather and the sun is just beginning to shine, although there are still rain clouds overhead.

    Lovely pics..

  13. What a lovely and beautifully photographed entry! You made me smile at the beauty of nature and the beauty of your smile..happy Sunday my friend!

  14. love the shot of you celebrating in the garden!

    We love the sound of rain so much we put David's CD on (Rain Gloreous Rain) at night to fall asleep. Bliss. He's sold about 800 CDs so far. Not bad hey: selling rain to the English! hee hee

  15. I'm glad you got some rain. We had light rain most of the day yesterday and it was very welcome.