||[Oct. 4th, 2009|02:05 pm]
We had the dust! You've all seen the pics if you didn't see it live. I woke up to a red sky before dawn and assumed it was fog, plus shepherd's warning. yuriverse then texted me to say it wasn't side effects of Lexapro but actually a dust storm like nothing we'd ever seen. I headed to work in a taxi so as to be in time for a coach leaving at 9 a.m. for the Hunter Valley. All morning we drove through yellowing air, finally beige then clear enough that night to see the stars once more. Google had our annual offsite in the Hunter this year rather than the ski fields of the last few years. We listened to talks and ate and drank (too much) while still choking on dust that was now invisible.
Back in Sydney the exterior of house and car were caked. Luckily not too much made it inside, but there was still a film on all the furniture. Happily, we have cleaners and even more happily, they did their job well. A light coating of central Australia gave the house an authentic grittiness, but we couldn't live in it.
Finally this weekend we have enough rain to wash the trees and grass and footpaths clean. Great weather for the NRL Grand Final this afternoon, the first day of daylight savings, the day after Sleaze Ball, the Sunday before a public holiday treated as an extra day to be drunk. We're going over to Gary and Robert's to watch the footy and eat meat pies and drink booze. Going in a taxi.