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05 October 2009 @ 11:47 pm
Still a shambles ...  
It is the October Long Weekend in Sydney, a month into spring. Normally this means a heatwave and an aborted walk in the bush ('We should tramp through Ku-ring-gai!' 'Yes! Or we could eat at that fine waterside establishment after managing two miles and deciding that smoke on the horizon is a sign we should turn back now!')

This weekend was somewhat different. To give you a sense of how different, when I was getting dressed this morning I looked out the window and saw sun. So I popped on my blue silk sundress. Then I followed the cats back out into the living room, felt the breeze through the house, and added a pair of red tights. Before we headed out, I threw on a black duster coat. This was fine till around sunset, at which point I added a black and red merino top, black wool jersey scarf, red stripey beanie and red gloves. Not only do I look as though I have turned into a closet fascist, it is 13 degrees Celcius outside and 11 inside.

Having said that, it's significantly better than last night's weather. Last night there were four to six inches of water flooding through Erko's vilage square. Admittedly, this is because we are at the bottom of the hill and all the drains are prone to panicking whenever there is any actual precipitation -- and the houses are all raised a little, so no huge dramas. It meant that our mission for dinner consisted of walking outside with giant umbrellas, wishing we had worn platform shoes, leaping across rivulets, and making it all the way to the Thai on the corner, where we both ordered food and rescued Biscuit the moocher cat, who had found her favourite mooching spot was suddenly an island surrounded by torrent and only just out of the driving rain. She was ferried down to our place under the giant umbrellas, and fed fish while we enjoyed a quite good take-away and ticked off yet another Sign of the Inner West Apocalypse.

In good news, the rain has wiped out the locusts that were noshing on the rosebuds.

All this aside, a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to spark_of_chaos</span>I tried to convince Kimi to win at Suzuka for you, but he was too busy chatting up French blondes. Nonetheless, I hope you have been having and continue to have the most magnificent day possible!

I know there was something else important, but I seem to have spent the whole weekend forgetting everything, even a party. At least I worked out how to videochat: gorgeous to see you London girls! 

OH! And I have a new plan. Quick London and Paris in December, much of France and Italy next October/November. So if you see a short person wearing far too many items of clothing scurrying between cultural institutions by the Thames or Seine around Christmas, say hi!

pingridpingrid on October 5th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Good thing about the locusts. No locusts, no apocalypse! That's the rule. And huzzah for the saving of kitties and being able to wear your wool things, though eek for 11 degrees indoors!

I like this talk of London and Paris. There must be Plans!
Kareinakareina on October 5th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
I like the talk of Italy. My contract here is good through December of next year, though the last month might be a bit hectic trying to finish everything before they quit paying me...
Welcome to Ant Country: Sunflowerant_queen on October 6th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
The rain has been glorious and nothing a pair of wellies can't overcome. It does however mean that all outdoor seed planting is on hold until the soil warms up again.

BTW: We seriously got attacked by your roses hanging over the side of your place on the weekend. Think they may need a wee bit of pruning :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 6th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
They were up in the tree before the rain! I'll cut it back tonight, the lightning stopped me yesterday.

And glorious when it soaks in, annoying when it floods ...
Bryoneybryoneybrynn on October 6th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
*sigh* Never Canada, huh?

*sighs more*

But hee to your fashion sense. I suspect you are secretly quite adorable and are trying to hide it from us all!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 6th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
I was looking at Canada! But can only get there through the US at the moment, and that's a whole world of horror I am just not up for on a short trip. But I will make it! I have to see you and Rita!

It is true, I am adorable, if you like muppety little people with lots of hair and patrician noses ;-) But you have gmail! We can videochat! I know how to do that now!
It's a Deensedeensey on October 6th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
You can go Hawaaii-Vancouver that's not so bad.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 6th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
It's the ghastliness of US immigration even for transiting passengers that puts me off. Although I suppose Hawaii would be less insane than LAX ...
It's a Deensedeensey on October 6th, 2009 06:50 am (UTC)
Both hawaii and san fran are quite good.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 6th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
San Fran was chaos the last time I was there, but it did not seem to be its default state and it was just after 11/9/01, so I would be willing to risk it again. After many dire LAX experiences, I am happy to fly via Patagonia, the Galapagos or Ulanbaator to avoid it!
It's a Deensedeensey on October 6th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
San fran has been good the past two years. It was chaos post-liquids scare too.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 6th, 2009 06:56 am (UTC)
'Just pour em all in this tub!'

'But if they're explosives designed to detonate on mixing ...'

'Don't you sass me! Get pourin!'
It's a Deensedeensey on October 6th, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
Exactly! Oh the utter genius right there!
It's a Deensedeensey on October 6th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Are you coming down to Melbourne?
It's a Deensedeensey on October 6th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Also, the rain flooded our courtyard as well, and our street. And we're at the top of our street!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 6th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
It was v crazy! Apparently we are now nearly up to average for the last three months, all fallen in three days. Yay!
It's a Deensedeensey on October 6th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Oh joy?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 6th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
Some of it fell in the dam catchement, we will have water to fight the fires in a few months = upside!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 6th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Yes! I will call you re times. I was going to catch up with you on the weekend, but was busy re-enacting scenes from the Bible (I had three cats in my ark and no dogs, though)
It's a Deensedeensey on October 6th, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Lol kk we can catch up tonight.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 6th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
After the lightning passes ;-)

I had numerous huntsmen in the laundry, who all ran to hide behind the drain when I came in. I had to reassure them they were safe as long as they stayed out of the clothes basket, as I am not responsible for sudden flailing brought on by spider beside hand moments.
spark_of_chaosspark_of_chaos on October 10th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sweet! It was a very lovely day indeed, and being a bit of a blond myself, I think I can allow Kimi the self-indulgence in that direction ;)

You should come around my corner of Europe, you know. :big eyes: We are pretty. Push said so. :D And I'd love to have you!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 10th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
We are looking at a Baltic and Eastern month before we hit Italy next autumn, depending on the funds, so it may well happen! December is more of a flit than a proper trip ;-)
spark_of_chaosspark_of_chaos on October 10th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
December is not the best time to visit here, anyway, so. :D Wouldn't want to lose you in the snow!