That's the wet stuff that falls from the sky, right? Haven't seen any of that around here lately...
A couple of weeks ago it was 42 degrees and stayed around that for several hours. That's ridiculously hot by Tasmanian standards where 25 is considered quite warm. Suffice to say that the place was already very dry and that heat plus the wind and very low humidity that came with it got rid of whatever moisture remained. End result = out of control fires and houses destroyed etc.
I'm doing fine personally although the trees in nearby bush have started to die. A few have gone already and no doubt there will be more if it doesn't rain soon. Needless to say, the creek has dried up completely.
Animals are on the move too. I counted 6 wallabies out the front the other night and there are quite a few blue tongues around too. They're coming in from the bush looking for water I'd expect. They're not a problem, just as long as they don't bring any snakes with them.
A friend is on tank water. They've got about 47,000 litres of it when the tanks are full but they're only about a third full now. I'm not sure how long that will last, but obviously some rain would be nice.
As for the solar panels, I was up on the roof (I'm about to install the 3rd set of panels
) and had a look at the 16 panels that are already there. They're all clean apart from one which has animal footprints on it. What sort of animal I'm not sure, but something's been up there on the panels as well as on the corrugated plastic roofing over the patio. I'll give it a clean when I'm up there again on the weekend.