If anyone ever tells you Australia…

… is a hot, dry country: DON’T BELEIVE them, they are LYING to you.

It’s cold, it’s wet and the chooks are sheltering under the house again. I’m sitting in the sun room, wearing 2 merino wool layers, a cardigan, Stuart’s thick Arc’teryx cardigan, a woolly hat, woolly socks, wishing I had my thick padded North Wave trousers on instead of my fleeced tracksuit bottoms, and wrapped in mum’s thick blue woollen blanket.  I’m nursing a runny nose with a hot chocolate (unsweetened coconut milk and cocoa powder) and I’m not far off lighting the fire in the sitting room, just need a break in the drizzle and high winds to get in some more wood.  I think it could be a case of a hot toddy tonight.

Sadly it is that kind of wet that is useless for filling water tanks from roofs, just exceptionally good at making the place cold and wet.

There was a momentary, glorious sunrise this morning, momentary in the briefest of senses in that Stuart opened the curtains at 6am (curtains are used for warmth, not privacy) to witness it, then it was gone because of the speed at which the clouds were (and still are) moving by.  Right now, it is sunny, the grass is showing green, the horizon is as black as night and even as I type this the sun has gone again.  The horizon is still as black as night, and the one that is going to affect us next is going that way.

This bit of Australia is certainly not hot and sunny, yet.

The forecast for today.

Southern Tablelands for Thursday Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of showers, becoming less likely late this afternoon and evening. Snow possible above 1300 metres. Winds NW 35 to 55 km/h turning W 40 to 60 km/h in the early afternoon then decreasing to 25 to 35 km/h in the evening. Daytime maximum temperatures between 10 and 14. “

Canberra AirPort (AP) which is the closest observation post, has recorded gusts of 67kph this afternoon.  We are slightly higher, more into the mountains and I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.  I am seriously considering my own weather station, but finance may get in the way this month!  We may also make it to double figures on the temperature scene, but… brrrrrgh