Well, what a strange summer we are having. Since the last blog entry we've had about 90 millimetres of rain, which is stupendously fantastic! We collected 27000 litres in our tanks, which will be brilliant for watering for the rest of the summer and give us the chance to use only rainwater on the fruit trees and vegies, and use a combination of rainwater and borewater on grass and ornamentals. The temperature is strange too, most of our summer days are sitting at 22 degrees, which thrills me no end, I love cool weather. I think we've only had two days over 35, I hope it stays that way!
We have also worked out that if he is crouching at the sliding door, absolutely motionless, not a whisker moving, not even blinking, then he is watching something that is not supposed to be out there. The first time he did this was when a Blue-tongued lizard got lost and ended up on the steps. This time is was a lost Tiger snake, can you see it there on the second step? We both stood safely behind the flyscreen door along with Neo, and watched to see where it went. It was obviously confused about the steps and the stones were a bit uncomfortable for it as it kept trying to slither on the Mondo grass at the edges of the steps instead of the stones. It went round and round the edges of the steps for some time before it finally got to the top and headed off. Later, dressed in boots and long pants, holding garden implements, we ventured out, stomping loudly and making lots of noise. We saw it shoot off at a rate of knots through the garden and out through the fence and there was no sign of it the next day. We are very alert about it now! I have the phone number of a snake catcher at the ready if it comes back.