If you don't live in Southern California, this mightn't seem like huge news. But - rain! There's been so little this winter (and of course we've been out of town for what little did fall) - that even though today's offering was a few hours of thin drizzle followed by maybe twenty five minutes of more solid rain - followed by drizzle again for half an hour - it was extraordinarily welcome.
For the first time, though, I was looking at the weather forecast thinking - oh good, rain! But - oh bad! It'll knock leaves from the trees. They are very pretty, of course. But we've let our "gardeners" go - our hapless leaf blowers: in part because they have been hapless, to be sure, but also because our gate key met with "an accident" and was squashed beyond recognition and they couldn't get in any more; and also because I have a strong ecological bias against leafblowers - noise pollution; horrible expenditure of carbon fuels; destruction of habitat of little lizards ... So I've been out there with a rake, and with bare hands (there's something quite soothing about picking up leaves, in small quantities). Post-rain, though, I'd be hard pushed, alas, to call the quantities "small..."