Yesterday, a storm came through, with wind and thunder and buckets of rain. And lightning hit a gum tree along our driveway.

A narrow strip of bark was exploded from the tree, ripping it from top to bottom. Shredded bits of tree are all over the drive.

Today, the storm is over, but the grey skies continue. And the rain.

The wood heater is back on, and as it’s my day off, I am at home, cooking up a pot of soup and a batch of meatballs with tomato sauce. A nice, soothing activity, after a particularly exhausting day of running hither and yon yesterday.

Cups of tea have been made and consumed and now I am off to add the crossword to my list of achievements today.