An astonishing proportion of the property, even at elevation, is under an inch or so of water. I can report the sheep have gotten much better (or more resigned) to walking on water than they were before the big rains. On the other hand, my hiking boots have developed a leak, so I'm less happy about it. Today's circuit was not a deliberate attempt to sample all the wettest bits, but we seemed to hit more than our share. The forecast for tomorrow, my usual full-day for shepherding, is showers, windy and cold, so I took advantage of today's beautiful weather to do the circuit. The day started with a -2C (30F) white frost, and although there was a chilly NE breeze all day, it was offset by lovely, nearly warm sunshine. The sheep were settled on a ridge in the Grass Gully, where it looked as though they spent last night. Many were resting, but an equal number were grazing desultorily into the wind. They moved off readily into the corner where the rank cocksfoot has kept us occupied for many grazing circuit hours, then stalled. Having put the dogs on "hold" I walked to the front of the flock to see if they would follow, and found the reason for their reluctance--a gentle flow of surface water all through the track we normally take. While I was expecting the streams and waterholes to be full to overflowing, this generalised watery surface is a surprise. To be fair, this is the first major rain episode we've had since I started shepherding, and you certainly notice these things more when you are slogging through them. Or not, now that I think of it--I've been bogged enough times that I'm very, very cautious about driving across ground that splashes. I guess I just didn't realise how much ground is still splashing at the moment! Once we worked our way out of that wet area, I started them across the Basin, to find the same thing--walking on water yet again. The hill down into Old Cabin is okay, through muddy, but much of Old Cabin is also under water. It didn't stop them from having a great feed on the new growth to the north of the main stream. I don't think they had crossed that stream since I put them in the Basin GA a week or so ago, so the grass there would be 6-8 weeks without grazing: lovely and fresh. We finished up with a trip up into Waterfall Gully, which they also really enjoyed. The waterfall is still flowing, though it's not the torrent it was just after the big rain storm in early June.