With the grandchildren visiting, the question became what to do with two small children to keep them happy and amused while the rain keeps pouring down.
There was a sandpit to play in (undercover on the back patio) and cartoons to watch.
For a brief moment one day the sun came out so they had a paddle but the water in the pool was too cool for a swim.
Then it was Christmas Day and there were toys left by Santa and some from us as well.
By the magic of the internet I got to talk to our grandchildren from Cairns on Skype on Christmas morning, to see them open their presents and open my presents from them. Cyclone Tasha (who is causing all this rain)had just crossed the coast but they were all safe and having a wonderful time.
We also got to talk to Pippa and Mel in Katherine on Skype, so even though we couldn't be with them all, we could share Christmas with all of our grandchildren.
By Monday we were all getting a little tired of the rain. Luckily we found a fun thing to do.
The Ipswich Rail Museum had "A Day out with Thomas" - mostly undercover. As well as a replica Thomas, all their usual trains had faces like the trains from Sodor. They also had a large room filled with toy trains and tracks. While the rain poured down outside the kids played with the toy trains and the life-sized ones.
They've left now to visit their other grandparents.
I'm venturing out to check what's surviving in the garden and what's not - as soon as the rain eases.