We have had 35 mm so far today. So I am hoping this is the start of the autumn rains. if it is it means we have gotten through summer without having to buy any hay. The summer we have had as been very strange. First we had a very late start to the winter rains. It was July before we got any rain but then it didn't stop. It basically rained all the way through summer so that we ended up with a record wet year. So what will this year bring? Who knows. Snails certainly. I am baiting early. Don't like having to use poison but also don't like a million white snails & everything I have read says the way to deal with them is to bait early so that they don't get a chance to breed. I am using the type of bait that uses iron. Some sources say it is harmless to everything except snails other sources say that isn't so. But as my soil tests say my soil is deficient in iron I am hoping it is not as bad as the normal snail bait.