Daily Prompt: Irksome

via Daily Prompt: Irksome

You know what’s irksome? The rain is irksome. Normally I don’t mind it. When we moved here we knew we were moving to a damp part of Tasmania. It hasn’t worried me that much in the past. There have been several wet winters where the front garden was waterlogged and the driveway so muddy that even going to the letterbox was an adventure. There have been winters when the house was so damp that the front door stuck shut and we had to prise it open with a screwdriver. I was more careful after one memorable time when I gave it a good yank to open it and a pane of glass shattered, that was irksome too. There have been many occasions when it was impossible to get washing dry and the same sheets hung on the line for days because there was nowhere to hang them indoors.

Rainbow in a dark sky.

We coped with all of that. We bought a dryer, We fixed the damp problem  and I wore Wellington boots anytime I went outside. I don’t often complain about the climate because after all the main reason for moving to Tasmania was to get away from the increasingly hot, dry summers in South Australia.

However, I have never experienced a wet spell that went on unceasingly until November. Am I annoyed? Yes, I jolly well am. Some mornings, like today, I wake up and see blue sky out the bedroom window but by breakfast time the rain is back, not just a drizzle but a downpour. I can’t take Cindy outside to play ball with her and even if it isn’t raining she gets covered in mud. Jason and Brodie my garden guys are constantly behind with their mowing. I bet they are irked as well. I can’t walk into town to buy a few groceries for fear of getting soaked on the way. It’s a half hour walk in each direction. It’s irksome to have to take the bus to Huonville and, because of the timetable, spend three hours on an errand I could have done in a bit over an hour on foot. Bus timetables in the country can be irksome at times. I cope by having groceries delivered and keeping a well stocked freezer but I can’t spontaneously decided to make something if I don’t have the ingredients.

Bus Stop
Bus Stop in the rain.

We have a Test Match starting on Saturday, the only kind of international cricket that finishes early enough for me to get home on the bus. South Africa haven’t played cricket in Hobart for several years and now there is a distinct possibility it could be rained out. That would be really irksome and I bet the players would agree with that too. It’s only a three match series.

Rain break
A sign you don’t want to see.

The most irksome thing of all is how difficult it is to get out and take photos for this blog. It is one of the things I really enjoy doing and although I have a lot of photos in my archives I don’t want to be reusing photos all the time. I don’t mind taking photos in a drizzle but what we have been getting is not drizzle and you need some sun somewhere to get a rainbow.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Just to irk you even more – Lovely day here atm. Bowling ‘fun’ day before back to pennant next week Sun out and wind has dropped.

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  2. The rain does get old after awhile. I’m tired of gray skies and wet socks already and we’re just getting started on the wettest months of the year. I hope things dry out for you soon. For me, just beginning the wet season, I’m just going to have to buy some boots!


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