This morning, in our summer routine for hot days, we set off early, when the parks are pretty much deserted, except for dog walkers. The sun was brassy in the sky, and already hot at 7:45 am, but bearable because of the clouds.
As usual, Penny made the walk interesting, stopping to draw my attention to a good smell on a rock...
and on a post.
The grass on the sportsground is still green, thanks to watering from the storage tanks.
But it's frightening to see how the environment is drying up elsewhere, now that it hasn't rained for so long. The cracks in the earth beneath our feet are a warning of how fragile our hold on life is, in this dry Australian continent. I have water tanks to hold 8000 litres, but two out of three tanks are empty.
I hope we're not slipping back into drought.