Project “Thor”

After a record wet winter followed by a fleeting Spring, it hasn’t rained here in a long time.

In fact, despite several attempts at emulating the Sioux rain dance ritual shown in the remarkable footage (bear with it, not all stills) below, we have had little success – other than the 2.5mm of rain we got after our fourth performance a week ago, there’s been nothing in the gauge for a few weeks now.

Perhaps the problem lies in our execution. Since the materials used by the Sioux are not all readily available here in Australia, we have been forced to improvise with picnic blankets, turquoise hayband, the feathers of wedge-tail eagles, dyed hessian sacks and rubber boots adorned with eucalyptus leaves and shells.

We are getting desperate and it shows.

Under construction: will Thor be impressed?

Rain Dance Ampitheatre under construction

Drawing upon my husband’s Scandinavian heritage, I am building a stone amphitheatre to honour Thor with a special sacrifice: a washing basket full of damp linen. With a toddler in the midst of toilet training and the truly spectacular laundry that makes our dairy-farming family infamous, you’ll understand the meaning of such an offering.

I know I must show total faith in Thor’s generosity but any tips would be gratefully received.

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8 responses to “Project “Thor”

  1. Feel your pain Marian Lots of variations of the rain dance happening in our part of the woods

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  2. Washing heavy blankets/doonas, over-irrigating paddocks/gardens, starting a re-roofing reno project; all these things help….

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  3. Kate R

    Hi Marian, sorry to hear it’s still so dry over there. What a crazy year it’s been in Gipspland. I suggest you schedule a big outdoor party – or even a home wedding – the rain will come for sure 😉
    Good luck, hang in there!

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  4. david mckinnon

    Wash the car and mow the lawn usually helps, at least for townies.

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