This is Brisbane today.
When it rains here it can really pour and I don't know where the pool water ends and the surface water begins. Only a few days ago we were contemplating topping up the pool with water from the tank in the garden....oh, well at least it's saved us a job!
There are big huge rain drops dancing on the deck and on the tin roof.
The sky has lost the brilliant blue shine and instead there are grey clouds as far as the eye can see.
According to the weather channel we are in for some serious rain this week with warnings of flash flooding.
On the school run this morning I noticed that the drains were already overflowing.
So on a day like this when I'm recovering from very late bedtimes due to the silly times that those tennis players in the Australian Open finish their games, I needed some comfort.
Fresh coffee and a favourite read....
Is there anything better?
On the subject of reading, my girl has definitely been influenced by her mother.
She has just completed a version of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Having watched a few different versions (TV adaptations and movies), she recently declared that she wanted to read the novel. She managed the first few pages and declared it just a little bit too hard. Then on a visit to the local library she independently quizzed the librarian about whether there was any child friendly Jane Austen novels. After a bit of research the librarian managed to find this copy and placed it in order.
We waited a few months and eventually it was ready to pick up.
It's a simplified version with some illustrations to accompany the text. There is also some reference to the original novel and some explanations to help the young reader to understand some of the concepts and customs of the time. All in all a great introduction and I would recommend it thoroughly.
I have found a few Shakespeare plays in this series but sadly no more Jane Austen.
So after a day indoors, I'm off to do the school pick up before going to the weekly swimming lesson - well and truly back to routine.