A most peculiar year. It was wetter than I can ever remember. Our normal rainfall is only around 550 millimetres but in 2012 we have reached 817 millimetres. After an extraordinarily dry Spring, the Times contacted me in March and asked me to write a piece about the desperate plight of farmers in one of the worst droughts in my forty years of farming. I said I would be unwilling to do this and from that moment onwards the rains came.