Can’t stop the rain from fallin’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

I HAVE a lit­tle con­fes­sion to make. I don’t re­ally like rain.

I know that it is des­per­ately needed as so much of the state is in the grip of a drought.

I also know that un­til last week, Air­lie Beach had had lit­tle rain for the past three months.

And, I know just how much it was needed to ex­tin­guish bush­fires burn­ing in the re­gion.

For all those rea­sons, I wel­comed the rain as it started to fall last week.

I smiled as the heav­ens fi­nally opened. I knew how much this was needed.

And I did rel­ish the slightly cooler weather it brought with it.

How­ever, when it con­tin­ued very heav­ily through­out the whole week­end and into the start of this week, I got a bit over it.

Se­ri­ously, the 230.2mm Hamil­ton Is­land of­fi­cially recorded be­tween Wed­nes­day and yes­ter­day morn­ing, and the 237.6mm at Proser­pine air­port is just a bit out of con­trol.

And there is more com­ing. I had a three-day week­end last week and prac­ti­cally spent the whole time hi­ber­nat­ing.

I did ven­ture out to lunch briefly with a friend on Satur­day, but the rest of the time I was at home.

On the up­side, it did give me time to sit down and read a whole book.

I just hate get­ting wet. Or, more pre­cisely, I hate my clothes get­ting wet. And then hav­ing to sit in them for a few hours.

If I’m still dry, then the rain is fine... well, to a de­gree any­way.

But the sort of rain we had over the week­end – well there was no stay­ing dry in those down­pours.

I ad­mit I did have a chuckle to my­self about how much of a Vic­to­rian I had turned into af­ter spend­ing the first six months of the year back in Vic­to­ria where they don’t re­ally do rain.

It was not all that long ago – last build-up ac­tu­ally – that I lived in Dar­win.

Up there, at that time of year, I loved the rain. Any­thing to break the in­ces­sant hu­mid­ity.

But then, it only rained for an hour or so and then stopped. I am per­fectly fine with that.

And only five years ago, while liv­ing in Ire­land and Eng­land dur­ing win­ter, I faced the rain front-on.

I learned very early on that if you didn’t leave your house be­cause it was rain­ing there, then you would never leave.

I also learned that an um­brella re­ally didn’t cut it.

It started with the pur­chase of wa­ter­proof shoes – be­cause I re­ally hated hav­ing wet shoes for days.

Then I pro­gressed to a wa­ter­proof jacket.

Take that rain!

But it was still not enough. The fi­nal piece in my ensem­ble was a pair of wa­ter­proof pants.

Dressed in all of these, I was ready to take on the world.

I still have that jacket. It’s a bit warm for the rainy weather up here though.

Now that I live in North Queens­land, and we are go­ing back into the wet sea­son, I think I prob­a­bly have to learn to em­brace the rain again.

PHOTO: GE­OR­GIA SIMP­SON

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: Jour­nal­ist Monique Pre­ston is not a fan of the rain.

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