This morning I woke to the unfamiliar sound of...drip...drip, drip...drip, drip, drop....pitter patter... pitter, patter. It was rain! Well a tiny, slight shower of rain. No doubt it was some of the forecasted 20% increase in rainfall we are due in February, increasing our average of 10mm per month up to 12mm. Just look at that sky of ours. Exciting hey!! Well it is actually, because along with it came a cool change which meant we could spend the day outdoors rather than in an airconditioned room.
We took a drive to Verdale Olive Estate to stock up on supplies and ventured towards St Kilda Beach where we explored something which surprisingly took me back to days when my Generous Gentleman and I visited the Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland.
It was fortress-like and on a beach and so much fun, climbing in through and around...
All right St Kilda Adventure Playground isn't quite Dunluce Castle but the amount of fun we had at both places was definitely comparable.
And how often do you see a tram runnning by a salt lake, almost in the middle of nowhere.
We haven't visited St Kilda as a family before. I don't think we anticipated it would be as good as it is. My Generous Gentleman remembers going there when he was about 10 years old so it has been around for quite some time. It is quite a hot, dusty, windy location on the Adelaide Plains around mangrovey beaches which makes for a possibly somewhat less than enticing location. But we will be back, now we have two growing girls in need of adventure in playgrounds. It was very interesting to note that the one area of the playground which was plastic and resembled most school and park playgrounds was empty. Only those made of metal and wood, those which had steep and bumpy slides and tunnels, those where the flying foxes flew were frequented.
We returned revitalised from our day out only to hear news of the Bushfires in Victoria. My heart goes out to all of you who are in and around Melbourne and coping with the ravaging fires which have killed 108 people so far. Click here to see just how much of the state is threatened by fire. On top of that there are serious floods in Ingham, North Queensland.
Know our prayers are with you all.