Shaded alleyways, quiet lanes, the sun filtering through a canopy of green leaves, the quiet hum of conversations over coffee and croissants. Such havens do exist in Paris, but they also exist in Mudgee, NSW, where I took this picture last week. For a few brief moments, I thought I was in Europe and then some local winemakers arrived, the conversation turned to rainy weather and disease which brought me back to reality. There seems to be no escape from the wet weather, no matter where you go in Eastern Australia.
The next day, in nearby Orange a state of emergency was declared due to rising floodwaters. Dams were overflowing, the rivers couldn't cope and water was everywhere. 2011 will really be a vintage to remember, if we have one at all.