While the rain is somewhat frustrating for all of us, I will say that I really am starting to feel sorry for all the kids around the place who are yet again cooped up inside. For the most part, my boys are taking it in their stride, and sometimes just getting on with it and playing in the rain. But it does get to them some days, especially if they were meant to be doing sailing or bmxing.
Aside from the fact that it is raining yet again, and we have had some pretty impressive claps of thunder, all in all, it hasn't been as bad as we had feared based on the forecast (well for now anyway as I do believe it isn't looking that great for the next week). After what has happened already this year, we weren't taking any chances though, and have secured a few things, put a few things away, and dropped the basketball hoop onto its side.
Knowing what we were potentially in for, Connor's beautiful snapdragons were tied to the stakes first thing this morning. It then made me think that we really should get some more stakes for the sunflowers. By staking them, should we get any further issues, we can use those stakes to weave in and out of the corn as they surround them on two sides. We have had corn flatten with the tail of a cyclone before. Interestingly though, they do tend to right themselves again so long as they haven't been snapped. I already have stakes in place for the tomatoes, capsicums and dahlias. Like many others, we do this very early on so that we don't damage the roots later.
Over the past few days, we have also been returning the porch to normal. Many seedlings have gone to my work colleagues, and the remaining ones that we will squeeze in in varying places have been placed inside a small cage (that was a frog enclosure). It has no base, and a hinged lid so it is actually perfect. It keeps everything tidy, while the wire protects them from most of the snails/slugs, and allows the rainwater to get in. The grow cage, and the plastic tubs have all now been put away ready for another year.