we used to talk about the weather a lot. and the talk has changed of late. the language is changing - it's all climate change commentary, it seems. and by clacky why not?, it is two weeks before winter and it is balmy here - moist, but balmy. the fig trees that should be shutting down but shut down over summer due to the "record hot dry" are trying to set fruit and leaves! ditto some apples. in the wild, the dominant tree Eucalyptus wandoo did not bother to flower over summer when it should have. who knows what the environmental ramifications of this single massive non event in the context of the region will be? it is one climate change event after another. it transcends talk about the weather - the weather as i recall it was not a succession of uncomfortable records. never mind the bloomin pliocene co2 levels - truly exciting stuff, permaculture homesteaders may in the future be able to chose from a range of macro fauna for their small holdings. I would be a diplodocus fancier, i'd have one show quality breeding trio and sell the rest.