Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Katherine

Katherine doesn't have winter. The temperature was over 30C each day we were there and the nights so hot you needed air-con or a fan to sleep. In the Northern Territory they have the Wet and the Dry seasons. The rain pours down from November to March then it barely rains at all for the rest of the year.


During the Wet, the Katherine River floods and Pippa's farm, which is near the river, is surrounded by water. The paddocks flood and the lagoon behind the horse yards fills with all sorts of waterfowl. At the moment it's dry and dusty. They have a permit to pump water from the river and Steve is a plumber so they have a system of sprinklers to water the garden around the house.
The rose bushes are almost as high as the roof. Mel is waiting until they stop flowering before she prunes them but they don't seem to want to stop.

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