After two months of Autumn the season has decided to announce itself with the exotic trees bordering our road finally turning colour.
Only a very small number of Australian native plants, around six, are deciduous or semi deciduous so the forests and bushland are always green.
The co-driver and I love Autumn with its warm sunny days and cool nights and the humidity of summer gone. We both agree it's the best time of the year.
But this year has been different. March was normal but in April everything went awry.
Two low pressure systems formed off the east coast of Australia a week apart and we were subjected to torrential rain and category 1 cyclone (hurricane) winds. Many areas suffered bad flooding and, unfortunately, lives were lost. Long term communication and power outages were common.
In our area April saw around 230mm rain fall over 19 days which is nearly three times the previous record.
We have had May's total average rainfall in the first three days!
However the picture above was taken on the 4th May and the week's forecast is for similar weather.
So the worst is maybe behind us.