Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON
Because this huge continent-country has been in drought for so long, each city has enforced a level of water restrictions appropriate to the region. A few months ago, our water catchments went below 30 per cent for the first time in memory but then we were blessed with rain and I think the reservoirs are now above 40 per cent capacity. Still, as summer approaches, we need more rain and water usage for gardens has been severely curtailed. As you can see, I've even disconnected my garden hose, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the dark clouds on the horizon will bring rain for the roses!