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Then and Now…looking back

This is an exercise that comes from a great FB group I belong to, called The Scribblers.

It was set up by Jen Storer author and you can seek it out on the web page of girlandduck.com

It encourages you to pay attention and observe and reflect, which is what I have done here.

# todaygame 2020

NOW

Today as I walk, the paddocks glisten with raindrops from the night before and the stands of plains grass are so tall, they hang gracefully and bend to bless the earth.

THEN

My morning walks are harsh, across dry, rocky ground; there is no cushion for my feet and the paddocks are bare and razed by the sun and lack of moisture.

NOW

Above me the sky is an uncluttered blue. Perfect. Not a cloud in the sky.

THEN

We watch the sky for any hopeful clouds over the ranges and are glued to the BOM. We take in all the old wisdom from the locals about ants swarming and the cries of king parrots. We even set up a shrine to the rain gods and try to maintain hope.

NOW

Now as I walk a small mob of roos leaps across my path as they come up from the creek, which is gurgling and flowing. Our tanks are full and even the creaky windmills are turning. The bores are working well.

THEN

The creek is just a bed of dry white stones, not even a waterhole. The native animals seek out water. Snakes twist around my watering cans and try to slither under my doors. Old roos venture into my garden, searching for some green pick and to sneak a drink from my bowls.

NOW

It is warm, but we hope that the coming summer is not as hot as last year. We read the figures :33 days in 2019 of over 39 degrees.It seems like ancient history but we are told it is going to be the new normal.

THEN

We spend anxious days watching Fires Near Me sites and race up north to check on our cattle. The skies there are terrifying, black laced with red and it looks apocalyptic. We watch footage from all, over Australian, of blazes, shattered dreams and lost lives.

NOW

My garden is a feast of green and even the jacarandas have some purple flowers. We are planting new trees with great optimism and I have resurrected my vegetable garden and planted some new salvias.

THEN

We have lost so many trees, in the garden and in the paddocks…old trees that have managed through other droughts. Much of my garden is dead and I have abandoned the orchard and the veggie garden as we can’t spare the water.

NOW

As I return I brush though a small spider web across my courtyard… the webs are everywhere, a sign of good health. The star jasmine fills the air and I find that I have  3 small green tomatoes already! Joy to the world!