Thanks to the very crazy weather we've been experiencing, we lost power for the entire day. So that meant no running water (as our water pump requires electricity to work), no entertainment of any kind, and no cooking! All of our food was either frozen or required some sort of heat, so we were forced to purchase food for breakfast, lunch AND dinner from a nearby town (which is on a different power line... lucky buggers - we always lose power thanks to our lines running through bush, meanwhile theirs comes straight through empty paddocks).
But I figure, the amount of electricity we saved by not using a single appliance might cancel out the bad effects of buying food? The only downside is that some of our critters (the snake and bearded dragon) require a constant 28°C to keep healthy and out of hibernation, so they had a chilly, dozy day.
That used to be a trickle...
Poppy the water dog
(Ace is overly ambitious with his stick retrieval - that dog will try and drag entire trees from the water!)
We're also flooded (can you tell?)! One of the joys of having a river as a fenceline. The dogs are having a grand old time splashing through the paddocks, but it's not all good - the water is washing away our precious topsoil, which we need to grow our crops. J and I spent a good while on Sunday digging a channel to allow some of the floodwater to flow into the old creek (which only flows during extreme floods).
Here is our weir, before (this is actually a good flow... normally it's less than a trickle):
And after. The water level is higher than the highest concrete pillar seen in the above photo... so it's up about 2 metres: