Still no rain of any consequence. The fires last month have left huge areas of black land and scorched trees, many people have been made homeless, and there were many deaths. We are told that many people in the village have dry bore-holes, and some of the plants in the garden are dying because it is so hot and dry. There is some rain forecast for next week, but it will take months of rain to replenish what has been lost this year.
We have been doing a lot of work in the garden, in the glorious sunshine. We now have three huge bonfires which we will not light until we have had some substantial rain.