It seemed like such a simple concept.
To celebrate friend Robyn's 'significant' birthday [ albeit 4 weeks after the fact ] we - that is, the members of our acapella women's choir, the Chat Warblers, augmented by some of Rob's other friends and my darling daughter - would gather at the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens and several sites along the way to Robyn's house for the choral equivalent of a progressive dinner.
Even the forecast of heavy rain all weekend wasn't enough to make us call it off. We're made of sterner stuff than that !!
... and rain it did for much of yesterday, all last night and into today.
However I don't think I truly realised the extent of it,
even after Nadie rang to report that she'd be late because of near-enough-to-zero visability on the Freeway
even after she had to drive through 2 feet of water at the bottom of my street.
I mean ... sure ... the goat paddock was awash, and true, there were four very vocal caprines camped under the eaves of the house because half the floor of the goat shed washed away
and the level in my dam is the healthiest I've ever seen it
but still somehow the truth of the situation somehow escaped me until we arrived at the Gardens to discover the local news crew filming what is normally a creek about a metre across - on a good day!
Quite a few wellie-clad locals were more than a little bemused by our somewhat eclectically attired gathering harmonising enthusiastically in the rain [ or as Nadie just said, to the rain really ]We progressed in convoy to our next singing sojourn at the Macmanus Road bridge
and then we were back in the cars and off to our final destination for a lavish afternoon tea-with-more-singing.
Despite the intermittent showers, we had a brilliant time ... certainly one of the more memorable birthdays I've ever helped celebrate
... although if we get much more of the forecast rain, don't be suprised if you see me out gathering up two of every kind.
and, if you're local, you might just see us on the WIN [ channel 9 ] news on monday night !