It was wonderful this past Saturday to wake up to rain and then have it coming down on and off all day, sometimes heavily, with lightning and some good cracks of thunder. And then more rain fell yesterday. In total between the two days we received about 2 inches (50 mm’s). Even though the subsoil is still very dry, the rain has been enough to make a big difference to plants, animals and people – and is an answer to our prayers (see Praying for rain). The pigs in particular loved the rain and enjoyed splashing around in the mud and rooting around in the rain-moistened soil. But it was funny to watch them rush back to shelter in a panic when a clap of thunder startled them. Sheila and I went out for a walk this evening and the moist earth smelled so good as we went down the road.