Suddenly the maximum temperature is in the high twenties. My thoughts turn to the need to check out the reticulation system as newly planted shrubs begin to wilt slightly.
The past few months have seen rainfall that is average or even better which after several winters with very low rainfall is a godsend. It has meant that the ground has had a good soaking and that many tanks and dams are full. Our tanks are all topped up and have been for months.
The wildlife, too, is recognizing the seasonal changes. A willy wagtail was chasing off a magpie this morning. Both birds have been foraging for food quite close to the house which suggests that they have young mouths to feed and are not to bothered by our presence.
Another appearance though not so welcome was sighting of a large dugite, sunning itself at the corner of the Open Shed just metres from our back steps. We instantly think of the dog and the danger to her. The snake ducked back under the shed when it saw me, but a few minutes later it was back out. It was a hot morning and I suspect it was seeking water. A little later it decided to move towards the poultry pens where there is water and in stretching itself out to travel, showed itself to be at least 1.5 metres long. Quite beautiful with its small head and amazing convoluting body, a dark olively, brown colour. Possibly just coming out of hibernation, hungry and with its venom at its most concentrated.
Joanna, (left, ouside Montaza Park) who is a Labrador/Golden Retriever cross, is a natural hunting dog and inquisitive. Not great if there are snakes about, we have already had one emergency visit to the Vet last summer, when we saw Joanna confronting a very large dugite. Fortunately, she was not bitten. Ah ... the quiet life of the country.