Recently Downunder had weather influenced by two tropical cyclones. You all probably know of the result - extensive flooding in Australia, and although ours locally was severe, yesterday and today the sun was shining and the roads and flooded paddocks in the North Island are rapidly drying out.
I went back to Whakatane yesterday to pick up my painting entry (didn't get anywhere in the competition - everyone say 'awww') and there were lollipop ladies and gangs of workers and machinery cleaning up at least 4 slips along that Matata coast road I posted about.
So, it was quite wild during my work week. I painted away in my little studio in the back garden. The rain whipped against the windows and the wind whistled around the corners but all was snug inside. Of course it wasn't cold - actually rather warm and humid, being a tropical weather-mass, and it seemed quite odd that it was. It didn't seem to go with the sounds, and the mesmerising sight of the high, brown swirling river below.
And there's more rough NZ weather forecast for later this week too. And another cyclone (Yasi) for Queensland, Australia.