When it's rainy and cold outside, snuggle up under a huggly cuggly Grannie and listen to the sound of the rain on the roof. That's what we do.
It's what we did yesterday, cos boy, did it rain! And rain. And rain. And rain. When you've lived in drought your whole entire life like Jemimah has, then that's pretty rare. Pretty exciting too. Especially when the drains block and the road floods and the poor council workers have to come and clear them. That's really exciting. Quite thrilling even!
As things have spiralled out of control in recent weeks I've found myself more and more drawn to the simple pleasures of life. My family and my home have assumed their rightful place at the top of my priorities. I've spent more time cuddling on the sofa with Jemimah reading books or knitting or crocheting Grannie. We've eaten toast and Vegemite hot from the toasting fork and the open fire, butter dripping through our fingers. We've baked. Pikelets, chocolate freckles, scones, cup-cakes and other tasty treats have graced our table for a moment before being consumed by the hungry hoards. We've cuddled, we've laughed and we've drunk champagne. And pots of tea and big steaming mugs of freshly ground coffee.
On days like yesterday this all sounds like a perfectly legitimate way to spend the day.
We started with winter warming bowls of porridge. My Dad's favourite. Salt, of course, and brown sugar.
Maths was certainly more fun wearing a princess dress as a hat. As you do...
Then you have to do lots of Aussie folk dancing to warm up.
Hot cheese toasties with the Colonel for lunch. Mmmmmmm
Then more snuggling. As you do. When it's cold outside.
Today it is sunshiny. Which is good, because it's hockey tonight. Kids who have lived their whole lives in drought don't take too kindly to playing games in the rain. And this mum doesn't relish being a spectator in the cold either. I'm the one who stays home when the others go to the snow, remember? Cold? Ugh! I'm looking forward to a little bit of spring sunshine.
And now I must go. We're off for a nature walk along the river. It's flowing now you know. And that's treat enough as it is.
If you've lived your whole life in a drought.