but only just.
We had a lovely day with Stepsister and her family
"Water over Road" along the way and could see the debris from floodwaters along the sides of the road suspended from the fences, usual empty dams were now full and over flowing into paddocks and streams that were usually dry on our previous trips were now full of water and flowing freely.
The area we travel through is largely broad acre cropping and sheep country.
In past years the area has struggled with drought and hence poor crop results and de stocking of livestock. The drive was usually dry, sad and depressing to see everything covered in dust, shades of brown and struggling to survive.
But this trip was different!
Both sides of the road were lush green with crops of wheat, barley, and rye standing tall, broken by patches of vibrant yellow canola in flower. Or lush green pastures full of ewes and gambolling new spring lambs... There was even a bit of sunshine. I listened intently to the Empress as she sat beside me enjoying the sunhine commenting on the sights she could see in the paddocks as we drove by...
"Oh look at all the baby lambs, aren't they just gorgeous... And the sheep look white for a change instead of that dirty reddish brown from all the dust"
'That wheat... at least I think it's wheat... is the highest I've seen it growing in years"... Then she said
" I don't like the look of those clouds over on the horizon... By the looks of it we could be in for a wet bum!
Just then the news came over the radio. Apart from announcing that Footscray, better known to their fans as "The Bulldogs" Had one the grand final fot their first time in fifty two years beating the Sydney Swans. The second news Item was an alert for a severe weather warning for the whole State with damaging winds, possible hail, torrential rain and thunderstorms due to hit later that evening.
"A very short one... looking at those storm clouds we are driving into we could be in for a very interesting trip home" she replied sagely
After a lovley lunch with the family and catching up with the renovations to the place and plans for developing their business the squally rainstorms started passing rapidly through... thwarting several attempts to venture outside for a tour of the gardens
The Dress fitting went far from smoothly... it seems that Niece as gone up a bra size or two since trying the dress on and suddenly the dress won't do up past the waist line leaving a gaping gap of about 6 inches all the way up to the Back neckline.
A look of panic crossed the Empresses face... "What do we do now? I thought something like this would happen as She's still growing"...
"Is there any seam allowance that you can let out?"
"Stop worrying Mother... It will be just fine... I'll just make a new bodice to fit"...
Sure... It's a lot more work
but will be easier than trying to re fit the bodice by opening existing seams
Hoping that the fabric hasn't faded or discoloured from the original
With new measurements taken and the dress packed ready for a full make-over the rain had stopped temporarily and gave us enough time for a wander about the gardens and visit some of the animals...
Meet the kids...