Oh dear…the rain I thought might have come with Cyclone Dylan last week noodled around, here and there, until yesterday. And then Whoosh!  Heavy rain all morning and after lunch great crashing thunder claps. At 3 o’clock the drain at “that place” behind us could no longer cope.We spent almost 2 hours clearing our drains (me) and neighboring drains (the Man). The thunder rolled away and the rain eased by 5 o’clock. We were lucky.Much luckier than people in Somerset.Or people in Victoria’s fires.Never mind the gas  and oil pipelines – we need a water pipe to take floods away from the flooded to the burning!

Winter Olympics? I could, possibly, have been a medal contender yesterday. I’d been next door, helping in that clear-up and, the path  having been washed downhill and onto the road, I was picking my way VERY CAREFULLY across the lawn. Suddenly, I was on my backside, in a magnificent glissade, finishing with a full back ankle twist and an elbow brake. I’m sure the judges would have been impressed.

The ankle hurt for a while, but is not sprained or broken. And the good news is that a nasty splinter under a finger nail worked its way out when my hands got all prune-y.

Sunshine now so the street is humming with washing machines. Including mine.

But, before I get back to the dirty work, I must tell you about an art swap that is doing the rounds. If you’d like to receive something from me, please say so in the comments. By doing so, you’ll be agreeing to take part  and will, in turn, “pay it forward.”

Here’s the deal:

Step 1 Copy&Paste this (see below) in your latest blog post

* Pay It Forward Art-making Project for 2014 *

I promise to make a small work of art for the first four people who comment on this post and say “YES, I WANT TO BE IN THIS”. A ‘like’ alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking Pay It Forward is a great idea.

You must in turn post this on your blog and make something for the person from whom you got this (that’s me) plus the first four who comment on your blog asking to play.

The rules are simple:

– It has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends.

– It can be anything art-based: a drawing/illustration or a conceptual work of art, a photograph, a knitted item, cross-stitch, paper maché – or anything in between.

I’m paying this forward thanks to  Ersi Marina  who picked it up from JackOudyn. Yes, you can be on each other’s pay it forward lists.

PS. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t an artist, try something out, google/ YouTube how to make stuff, step out of those boundaries.

Step 2 For the first four people who comment on your blog entry saying they want to participate, plus the author,you will do an art trade with them that must be completed by December 31st 2014. I would count as the first person, so technically you only need another four. If you find your friends are keen, you can do as many as you want. Similarly, if you do not get four comments within, say, one week, simply swap with those who do want to take part.

Step 3 All forms of art count including creative writing , photography, digital, anything goes! I’ll leave this up until next Monday,Feb.17. You’ll find my email at “about me” so you can let me know your postal address.

I’ll leave you with a rain picture.




21 thoughts on “A BIT DAMP. AGAIN!

  1. Well done on your Olympic trial. Hope the ankle is okay now. Cloudy here, maybe there will be rain… Don’t dare offer to join your art swap. I just know I’d never get anything done and that would unfair to everyone else. What a killjoy I am. Sorry.


  2. Sorry to read about your mishap in the ‘yard Olympics’, one can’t win falling down. Yes I would like to try the pay it forward swap project, sounds like fun.


    • Downstairs on a tray? Oh, why did I never think of that?>Maybe because I lived in a bungalow? Did Primrose Hill on a tea tray, though.Tremendous fun! And the making of edible art is not to be dismissed.I’d rather like one of your meals, but delivery time might be a worry!


  3. I too am glad to hear that your Olympic tryout did not result in permanent injury. And more than a bit envious about the wet stuff. Though others in Oz need it more than I do at the moment. All over the fires would be nice… Love the idea of the art swap but, as you know, I am an appreciator not a creator.


  4. Hi D, did you say you broke your elbow? God I hope not. Glad to hear you finally got some rain, we have had a day and a half without now, I think around 300mm for the week. And yes I wish they would get some down south to put out those damn fires. I will have a go at your pay it forward, it should motivate me to get a wriggle on with my art. Not sure how I will get four people though as my blog is fairly new. Maybe I will send all five to you! Anyway, I will be doing my next blog post in a day for so, so will do as instructed. Thanks!


    • Thank you, Fiona.Very pleased to learn you came through the storms safely.It was reported in some quarters that some people had become complacent, as we’ve not had a bad season since Yasi. I sometimes wonder where reporters get such info!
      No, I did not break my elbow, merely stopped my slide with my arm.A b it like doing hand-brake turns!:-)


      • It would have been something to see, dropping a handbrake on your behind. And yes, the media get it wrong more often than not. I notice they weren’t in a breathless hurry to get up to Kowanyama last week, where they got almost a metre. Hope your bits feel better soon.


  5. Hello Dinah! Long time no see/read! Just saw your post on my Reader and as I have a spare couple of minutes, I dropped in to read…

    How odd that you are suffering pouring rain and flooded drains, while Amy (OverAtOurPlace) in Melbourne is reporting friends whose homes have been evacuated due to fires…
    And people here in the South West of England are under feet of water, with no sign of anything other than the problem getting worse.
    The weather is certainly very odd this year!

    Glad to read you suffered nothing worse than a bashed ankle and hurt pride. I hope the ankle is now fully recovered and that you have no nasty bruises etc.

    Hope life is treating you well otherwise. Take care!


    • Lizzie! Yes, ages since we caught up.I had such a hectic year I pared the reader to bare bones and I’m afraid you were in the turned-off list, but I’ve put you back so can at least keep up, but might not always have time to chat in comments.Life can do that to us, can’t it?
      A muddy garden and damp washing is nothing compared to the horrors elsewhere.


  6. I don’t like the rain picture. Bring me sunshine!!.. it’s rained so much in the UK that in some places the floods are coming up through floors and Tarmac because of the water table levels being so high. It’s scary.


  7. I love the idea of this very much. The problem I have found, in the past, whenever I’ve participated in something like this that very few actually hold up their end. I do hope everyone involved in this one carries through because it’s really a lovely idea!


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