The week beginning 13 July, 2002.
I cleaned out Ms Duck's bath (outside our living-room window), which had become rather mucky, with her washing herself, too many other-duck visitors and lots of things growing around the sides. Duck had become a less frequent bather over the last couple of days, so I scrubbed it all out and it's as 'white' as it ever gets. She sat on the edge of the roof and looked quizzically down on me at work. I dashed in to get the camera to catch that look, but she'd unfortunately moved on to a grooming session and wasn't taking the same amusing interest. Look at that sky!
It has been 57 days since we've had a day without any rain at all. There has been the occasional bit of sunshine, quickly followed by more rain, but I don't think the sun-bursts have lasted for more than half an hour at a time. Fortunately the temperatures have been quite mild, so although we have been very damp, we've not been particularly cold.
There has been a lot of lovely sunshine during the rest of this week. The downside of fine winter weather is frost at night and we ended the week with three in a row and one was particularly crunchy! Our main grass here is kikuyu which is particularly frost-sensitive and goes yellow and then dead looking after frost. It takes a lot to kill it, but it won't grow much until the weather warms again.