Thursday, May 13, 2010

Raindrops and sunshine

I don't know why I bother to continue in my quest to get a half decent photo of those darn peacocks!  They live in the wild down along the road a bit and I've been trying to get them used to the sound of my car stopping for, oh, probably a year now.  A few afternoons a week when I see them I stop and open the car door, watch them take to the hills, wait a few minutes, then continue on my way home telling myself they will get used to me soon.   But they don't survive by being easily tamed and are wary, just like any wild creature.

Yesterday I slowed at the usual spot and there they were, right at the edge of the road.  I thought this is it, finally I will get that shot.  But by the time I stopped they had scattered.  My camera was right beside me on the front seat but I was still too slow.  All I got a photo of was a puddle and the hills.  I think I can see one of them in the photo but it could be a bit of wood.

Ahh, well, one day!

To find the bright side, I let my heart feel happy to see how the green is returning to the countryside.  After all the moaning I did about the drought, how brown the grass was and in some places there was no grass at all, I should share the joy of good rain.  (There is a difference between rain and good rain but that's a bit boring.)  Over the past couple of weeks we've had light rain here and there and slowly the land has been responding.  The past couple of days we've had good rain followed by  sunshine and warmth and the grass is leaping out of the ground.  My lawn hasn't been mowed for over a month and now, just since the weekend, it has taken off.  

When the sun came out after a heavy shower this afternoon I sat on the deck feeling happy with the world admiring the raindrops lingering on leaves.


  1. I do love a good rain.

    I'm sure you will get a photo of the ever elusive peacocks one of these days. Those darn birds.

  2. I'm glad to see that you are having rain, and Goor Rain at that. Iy would be awful if it went from drought to flood in one downpour. We had a few floods in Hawkes Bay last summer when the rain was just so torrential. I hope the water table rises well in Northland during the winter.

    I think you'll need a HUGE lens to get those peacocks. I think I just managed to get one in the distance but they re unbelievably timid.

  3. I can see the peacock. I think ;)

  4. GB, I think I will stop taming the peacocks now as you are the only one who has benefited from my hours of tireless, patient conditioning. And then you turn around and say they are timid! Hah!!

    Hope it was a peacock, Dawn Treader - or it may have been the same bit of wood!

    JarieLyn, darn is a word I use when the actual one is unprintable.

  5. My cousin in Elizabeth, just outside Adelaide, has been keeping me informed about his drought.

    We had scant rainfall here (I would be afraid to call it a drought) a few years ago, when I didn't cut the grass for most of the summer. Never thought I'd miss grass cutting so much.

  6. I enlarged the photo and was able to see the photo - the only peacock at Pondside this morning is the one on your blog. The Great Dane managed to sell the unfortunate birthday present yesterday!

  7. Hello Pauline--Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your blog and the way that you write. I have just spent a good bit of time reading all the way down to the end of the page and it is wonderful. I love the poem about concrete drying! Isn't it fun to be the first woman to do certain things? I, too, had that with my job in my 20's. First person to ever drive a forklift at the Receiving Dock for the company I worked for at the time (Western Electric) and got high praises, as you did. I enlarged the photo and,yes, you CAN see the peacock off to the left a bit. Don't they make the most insane sound? It sounds like someone crying out in pain to me or yelling for help. I hear them on my "bug route" each day but I never see them. I also carry my camera with me each day so maybe ONE day, like you, I will be lucky to snap a photo. There are always other wonderful things to post though. I love the countryside where you live. Very beautiful! Nice to meet you!

  8. Hello Pauline, You need to take Georgia along for the ride to take the photo of those wandering peacocks. Glad you had some rain,isn't it good. Have a great weekend.

  9. I saw the illusive peacock today while at work and took a picture. I will post it tomorrow so you can see it. I wish he would have had his tail fanned but I still got a pic of him, nonetheless.


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