When it doesn’t rain

We have had a hot, dry summer which has been great for holiday makers and reassuring that the seasons can be as they should be.
My local weather station reports that there has only been 30.9mm or 1.22 inches of rain this year. We usually get a good regular amount of rainfall but no rain, a lot of drying winds and hot temperatures sees my immediate views looking like this.


Fellow blogger Juliet Batten, who lives in the more northern part of my island (North Island, New Zealand) has just blogged this about drought and dry seasons.
Her post has resonated with me as I watch the external drought ravage my garden, including some natives and tall trees, but it has also touched my internal drought. The latter due in part to a long –winded tooth saga, resulting in an extraction and a painful dry socket.
I am finding Juliet’s suggestions and links in her blog post to fill the inner well very helpful.

13 thoughts on “When it doesn’t rain

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I had read that the lower North Island was severely dry. Our patch of land is certainly parched and the hills around us are bleached. We are increasing our water conservation strategies again and saving grey water for the plants. Thanks for the comment on your wonderful smart looking blog/website:-)

  1. quarteracrelifestyle

    We are drought stricken here too in Marlborough, it’s not often we have fires here but four (or more?) here this year I know of. It costs a fortune to keep our garden watered but I need the greenery at this time of year.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Marlborough is often a drought area in summer isn’t it? Tough climate in lots of ways. Water is very, very precious. Enjoy your greenery – it is worth it!!!

  2. judithhb

    Very dry here in Silversteam Lynley. The natives seem to be coping well but the other plants are suffering. And looking out the window all we can se is parched brown hills.

  3. Jo Woolf

    It’s tipping with rain as I’m looking at your photos of drought. I hope that relief comes soon, to the dry land and also to your poor tooth! : (

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      I am sure we will return to plenty of rainfall all too soon here. Farmers and others reliant on the land are hurting at the moment. It is strange to see some of the native trees feeling the drought here. They are usually very hardy. As for the tooth saga……I think/hope things are beginning to heal finally……

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      The rose is called “The Wedding” rose and I have been cosseting it through the drought and it responded with that lovely bloom and now there are 4 flowers to enjoy in the bleached and dry surroundings.


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