Unlike at Burnbrae (our Blue Mountains garden) the rain is taking its time reaching further west. I have been watching this newly dug dam beside the road between our home at Kandos and our bush block at Clandulla. Some light rain last week started its first puddle of water, I wonder how long it will be before it fills right up. Here is the current state of Whistlers Rest, our bush block - very dry and cleaned up of bark and undergrowth in preparation for the bushfires. We have been seeing rain storms skirt around us. Yesterday at Mudgee we experienced a big downpour so were watching these grey clouds on our way home hoping they would deliver. The result was a very short sharp storm. Maybe today will be our day. Windamere Dam is currently 26.9% full which isn't too bad and the good thing is many parts of Australia are now getting welcome rain - we are optimistic for good rainfall sometime soon.