Throughout the day yesterday, the wind swirled and howled outside and torrential rain, from the lingering "remnants" of a tropical cyclone that crossed the coastline much further north, drummed heavily and loudly on the roof. Our region had a month's rain in just one day!
Pouring, drenching rain falling from the heavens.
During this unusual rain event, as I watched gutters and drains overflowing with precious water, I have been thinking about what happens to all the "liquid gold" that falls on our property.
Water lost as it flows downhill into gutters and drains.
(Our house is at the top of this little street.)
In the Introductory Permaculture Course I recently attended, taught by the enthusiastic and inspiring Morag Gamble, who writes over at Our Permaculture Life, we were introduced to David Holmgren's twelve design principles. One of those principles encourages you to think about how to catch, harness and store energy; energy that is embodied in things such as sunlight, wind, seeds, food and water.
Water gushing from one of our neighbourhood's storm water drains.
Yesterday's rain turned a dry brook into a swift stream.
* slow that water down to give it more time to soak into our soil;
* use areas where the water naturally pools on our block of land;
* direct water into drier areas;
* direct water away to stop it flowing under our house.
One of the many large mushrooms popping up in moist soil.
I like the way in which the different Permaculture principles provide a framework for me to think about things and they way they throw up questions about how to build sustainability practically into our life here. I think they are applicable as much to my little suburban home as they are to the largest property. I think I'll sit with each one for a while, ponder them, learn more and then see to what decisions they lead.
p.s. If you experienced the wild weather over the past few days, here in Queensland or Northern NSW, I hope that you are safe and dry this morning. My best wishes and thoughts to all those whom Cyclone Debbie impacted this week. Xxx