Yesterday I thought I would go into the city (yes, take a packed lunch - it's a bit of a hike) and see what I couldn't find trawling the length of Sydney city. Not much really caught my eye, Kinokuniya had 30% off design books and so I spent an hour and two coffees finding my purchases and flipping through my new found discoveries. I also visited every camera shop I could find, looking for a 50mm 1.8 lens that was a reasonable price - turns out they're all the same price in the city and of all the sales going on at the moment, they weren't partaking. At the mid point, I started bargaining free product, ie. What can I get with it?. Last place offered a lens bag - not much but after battling the wind and the rain all day (more to come on that in a second) I was over it all, and I took it.
While all this was going on, the weather continued to rage as if a cyclone was coming down on us. Although I had my big old trusty golf umbrella (completely obnoxious really - most of the thousands of people who were also in the elements that the kind of the umbrella that folded neatly in a handbag which means it did sweet FA in keeping them dry, and I was walking around in this cocoon of dry space) I still got home soaked from the knees down (not a bad effort) and battle fatigued from trying to keep my purchases and my handbag somewhat unharmed.
If you live in Sydney, you'll know what I'm talking about. To take a line from my sister in law, there's a high possibility that we've all grown webbed feet. I've never seen so much water before coming down - it should be illegal not to own a water tank right now.
On the other hand, this morning in Cambelltown (60km from the flash flooding of yesterday) there are complete blue skies with no hint that it's going to rain (we'll ignore the fact that everything is still soaked, from decking to soil - wouldn't drive a tractor on it just yet*). Ahh, just far enough away we're exempt from the mad weather of the coast.
It was a good day overall, the weather was overshadowed by some freelance work coming in which wasn't expected, and I was passed on some information about career mentoring.
* Footrot Flats reference.