Great, I thought. May is often fine and we haven't had rain for so long that clear skies seemed highly probable in spite of the Bureau of Meteorology telling us there was rain on the way (I don't know about other people but I'd just about given up expecting any rain, it'd been so long since we had any). Yes, it might be a tad chilly and between 3:00 AM and 5:00 AM is a little hard to cope with but it's a minor sacrifice for something so special.
Then the clouds rolled in but that's okay, I thought. It's on for several nights. There'll be another chance. Then the cloud cover got more dense and the rain set in. So no meteor display but you know what? That's actually even better because we've had so little rain for such a long time that every drop is precious. So send 'er down, Hughie, and keep on sending it down. There'll be other opportunities to watch a meteor shower - Geminids, I'm looking at you - and in December the chance of rain is almost nil with our long and dry summer under way.