Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

The view from my window

It rained this week. After days and weeks of unremitting heat and humidity, when barely a drop of moisture fell and Sydney sweltered under seemingly endless days of blistering sunshine, rain came as a blessed relief.


At four thirty in the afternoon it was 38 degrees (again). Twenty minutes later, just as weatherman Graham Creed had forecast, a cool change ripped through the city. By five o’clock temperatures had plummeted ten degrees; almost half an inch of rain dropped in less than thirty minutes.


And not just rain; this was a deluge; a downpour; a thunderous rapturous applause of rain that rinsed the world clean outside my window and sent my spirit soaring.


Some people may have been disappointed at the arrival of rain. Maybe they thought the glare of sunshine promised a better future, brighter days ahead. Maybe they thought the sun would always shine. That orange glow above? It promises a bright future! Forget that Nature is suffering, switch on the air conditioning and let’s party! The world belongs to us! Who needs rain?

Maybe they had alternative facts about Nature.

We need rain, just as we need sunlight. Balance is what matters.

If your part of the world is suffering right now, rest assured it won’t last. The one constant is change. If you’re hidden under the gloom of grey skies, don’t despair. Frost invariably melts and fog eventually lifts. The clouds that hang over you will part and the skies will clear. And yes, it will rain again one day and rinse the world clean.

Nothing lasts forever.







10 comments on “The view from my window

  1. Ross
    January 26, 2017

    Yes your are correct, Deb; “It always rains after a drought.”
    My old dad always said that. An old bush saying but very true
    and applies to many situations in life.


  2. Eliza Waters
    January 27, 2017



  3. bkpyett
    January 30, 2017

    Love your photos, Deb. I don’t think I could live without rain. We had a touch yesterday and it doesn’t only revive the plants! Your garden looks lovely!


    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      February 2, 2017

      Thanks Barbara, it’s life-affirming to see rain isn’t it? Glad to hear you think the garden looks lovely. In some directions it doesn’t look quite so lovely. I’ve been putting off the moment when I have to admit that a neighbour has deliberately poisoned our plants. Forgiveness is required. Not quite there yet though!


  4. candidkay
    February 1, 2017

    One of my favorite bits is reading a good book, listening to the rain on the rooftop. Hope you got to do that today!


    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      February 2, 2017

      Hello Kay, I’ve been reading lots of good books lately, including The Light Between Oceans and All the Light we cannot See, great reads. Sadly most of the time with the air-conditioning on though!

      Liked by 1 person

      • candidkay
        February 11, 2017

        The last really enjoyable book I read was The Red Notebook. Short, sweet, and just plain well written. The light between oceans is on my book club list this year. Worth the read?


  5. debhuntwasinbrokenhill
    February 11, 2017

    Definitely worth the read, it centres on a moral dilemma that had me gripped from start to finish. Hope you enjoy it. I will look out for The Red Notebook, thanks Kay


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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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