In the last week or so we've had the news of North Coast flooding. I was in Grafton the day before the big event, and thankfully made the trip back home before all the action happened.
When you live in a city like Sydney, you can quickly lose perspective on the realities that other people face in terms of the weather.
You only have to hop in your car and drive a few hours north or west to see it. From Grafton in flood last week, to Canberra in drought this week, I'm reminded how limited my perspective is.
Sometimes you don't have to go all that far from home to see things very differently. When you get there, the difference is obvious.
But somehow when you're at home, you can't see it. Homes flooded, and paddocks drought-parched - and here I am, dry and safe with a green lawn in the Sydney suburbs. It all seems so far away.