What’s that sound?

by | Mar 6, 2013 | Uncategorized | 11 comments

 Let me take you back a few days, to Sunday morning at the bach. I awoke to an unexpected, and almost unfamiliar sound. Could it be . . . ?

 Could it be . . . . . RAIN?

 It was. Drops settled like jewels on the grateful garden plants. The gentle shower turned the invisible visible . . .

 and created magic in the space between verandah posts.

Yes, rain had fallen —not for very long, and not enough to fill the tank —but without a doubt it had fallen. Did I dream this event? The paving stones, the spiders and the tomatoes all say no. Those clouds, under whose cover I walked only the day before, had at last delivered something.
It wasn’t long before the fierce sun returned and the land was dry again. Three provinces are now in the process of being declared drought zones. The land is panting for moisture, up and down the north island.
So all I can say is – there was a tiny change, and I NOTICED. To notice is to encourage, it is said. I noticed and appreciated. Every little bit helps. Thank you clouds.


  1. Lynley

    Aren’t cobwebs with rain on them so beautiful?

    We had a very minimal skiff of rain this morning Juliet but it barely wet the ground.

    I am ready for rain and my garden is the same.

    It must be tough to be a farmer and grower dependent on nature for their livelihood at the moment.

  2. juliet

    * Lynley, I do feel for the farmers. They need the rain more than anyone.

  3. Penny O'Neill

    Glory be! Rain! We had such a drought this past summer, Juliet; I know how welcome that rain is, no matter how little falls, it is the hope that comes and hope grows for more.

    Your photos are fantastic. I could almost hear the raindrops and could almost feel those tomatoes sigh.
    No matter how much we water with hoses or cans, eventually plants need the rain.

  4. MandaBurms

    We got a few drops down here too. It has been a wonderful summer – but the ground is dry.
    Love Leanne

  5. juliet

    * Penny, you know exactly what I’m talking about, and the thankfulness that comes from even a little rain.

    * Leanne, glad you had some drops too. The ground must be very dry in Northland.

    Thank you, Penny and Leanne.

  6. Linda

    How lovely, Juliet! I love the rain and I really enjoyed these photos! The cobweb with the rain droplets is gorgeous!

  7. Diana Drent

    I feel sorry for the farmers because it is so dry.

    The dry soil absorbs the water so on.

    What a beautiful cobwebb with rain droplets. I really enjoyed the photos too.

  8. Hotly Spiced

    I love the image of the rain on the spider’s web. Shame there wasn’t enough rain to fill the tank xx

  9. juliet

    * Linda, thank you for visiting. I’ve just visited your lovely blog and signed up to follow it. The rain was so welcome.

    * Diana, the drought is very hard on the farmers. The price of milk is going to go up because of so many cows being dried off.

    * Charlie, it would be nice to fill the tank. Sounds like you had plenty of rain recently.

    Linda, Diana and Charlie, thanks for your comments and glad you like the cobweb photos – hard to capture, but worth the effort.

  10. Vicki Lane

    Rain in a dry season is absolute magic, isn’t it? Lovely pictures!

  11. juliet

    * It’s amazing how different rain is when we don’t have a lot of it! Thank you Vicki.


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