After the excitement of the exhibition opening, we headed off to one of the local pubs in Ballarat for dinner.
It was a really hot and balmy Friday night, so the pub was quite packed inside and out.... and then the heavens opened.
Not long after the storm and torrential rain hit, the downlights went out, and water started pouring through them onto tables, and the kitchen was flooded. Thank goodness we still managed to get our dinner (because of course, we were just thinking about food)!
Then my sister received an emergency SMS from the SES to expect flash flooding in Clunes.... which unfortunately was our cue to leave and get back home before any of the roads were cut off.
The creek which keeps flooding runs along where those new trees have been planted
So after driving at snails pace through the storm, we were about five kilometres from home, and the rain suddenly stopped.
We decided to sit on the verandah, drink hot milo, listen to the radio, and wait and watch the creek.
Around midnight, the CFA went into action delivering sand, checking water levels and doorknocking the low lying houses and business owners from the main street, warning them of an impending flood (which would have been the third one in 6 months). There were house lights on, torches in backyards, and a few cars being loaded with posessions.
At 1 AM we decided to give up on Operation Creek Watch and go to bed.
The water must have peaked some time early in the morning, because thankfully the creek didn't break the banks this time, and water levels slowly subsided throughout Sunday.
To celebrate the Non-flood event, we headed off down the main street for some brekkie.
I thought it was very cute that this little doggie had his very own rather nice retro couch out the front.
I had yummy sour dough toast with quince paste and raspberry jam.
We headed off down the main street for a little spot of shopping. There's a lovely shop in the old State Bank Building which has a mix of vintage and new goodies. I found myself a couple of lovely vintage tablecloths.
They also have a great photo board with pics from when the Ned Kelly film was shot there a few years ago (including photos of Heath Ledger). It was really interesting to see.
Unfortunately a couple of the second hand shops weren't open, but that just means I'll have to get back there soon for another shopping trip!