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What drought?

Seems the 13 year drought is nearly over.  Whoopee!  Now I can finally have a shower! 

This report says a few more mils of rain this weekend and we’re over the definition of a drought and this report extols the miraculous transformation of the Outback after all the rain they had up that way and which is now heading south.

All very well, but our reservoirs are only 30% full (or 70% empty if you’re an pessimist) and it’s going to take a few more deluges to get back to the dizzy days of yore.

We haven’t been able to water lawns for 4 years now and have resorted to diverting shower water to the back grass (ok, so I had the occassional one).  We planted new turf and the water bans came in a few months later and the kikuyu didn’t have enough time to root properly and this is the result……………….

The good old days Now days

  1. june in florida
    March 31, 2010 at 12:06 am

    They have lovely landscaping in the southwest with rocks, sand and cactus. Maybe you should look into that, tho Sam probably wouldn’t like it.

    You are right. We have always had the wrong mindset here with gardens and now that we are turning into an arid region, we should have desert type gardens.

  2. March 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I haven’t been blogging much either, cos I’ve been busy ripping up carpet. Nice to know the rains are finally blessing Oz with some drinking (and showering) water. I wonder if Lake George is filling up… near Sydney I think. I drove past it when I was there 4 yrs ago and it was completely dry, with fenced areas for cattle, right on the dry lake bed, so weird.

    We missed out by 9mm of rain from the drought being officially declared dead.

    Seems Lake George is filling for the first time in 8 years and the ups and downs with water levels is unique with this lake as this Wikipedia article suggests.

  3. April 1, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Regarding the possums, the N American possum, or Opossum, is different from your Australian possums, but I think they are all of the same family, but distantly related. The N American possum is definitely a warm weather animal and I have no idea how they survive here in Canada, I don’t think they take to cold very well.

    I was being lazy and thought you would provide the answer. 😀

  4. Anonymous
    April 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    June is right, Phoenix is really pushing xeriscape gardens to curb water use, but some people mistake xeriscape as being maintenance free gardening, which is far from the truth, as with all gardens there is lots of upkeep even with low water use plants, and then you have the yearly expense for spraying pre-emergent to keep weeds from running rampant in the gravel mulch. In Tucson they are into “natural” yards, which means you clear an area big enough for your house and leave your yard as Mother nature made it, that type of yard only requires rain to maintain it. Of course you have to clear the underbrush a certain distance from your house just in case of brush fires, but no landscaping is totally self sustaining.

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2010 at 9:21 pm

      Opps! “Anonymous” is me AZ!

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