As the Christmas tree was in the verandah we took it and the other decorations down at lunchtime. I usually leave them up until at least the 6th and often a lot longer (Max used to like them up until his birthday on the 10th).
We needed the rain as the ground was parched but the wind could be a problem. The wind and rain has just increased by several levels.
We have just had the house painted (everything above the brick) and, luckily, it was finished yesterday. Next week the painter comes back to paint the covered back deck area and the deck itself. One less job for Doug to do.