I've been meaning to talk about the local weather for, oh, 6 months or so.
The 2018 winter in Brisbane was, I think, colder than recent ones, certainly at night anyway. It was also very dry, even though winters here usually are. One odd result: a distinct lack of winter weeds. In previous years when we have had a serious bindi problem in the backyard in (if I recall correctly) early spring, we have nothing this year. There was no mowing needed for a long, long time too.
Then, with a recent burst of rain, grass everywhere grew suddenly.
This week, as I think often occurs in November, felt like a flip of the switch into summer. It's been hot (about 34 or 35 degrees) in Western Brisbane for about 4 days now, and humid. No big storm activity, yet, though.
Toads have suddenly come out of hiding and into the yard at night. Our dog's hunt for them during the day has resumed. She has a good memory of where she saw one the night before, and as soon as she is let outside of a morning, she goes and has a good sniff around the area, acting for all the world like a bloodhound. If she finds one, she bites or mouths it, drops it, and continues harassing it. This can lead to frothing mouth and the risk of poisoning, but I think the theory that some dogs like the "high" that toad poison gives them has a lot going for it.
You may now resume your regular reading.