Seems like I get my wish: 36mm of rain so far, and it looks like settling in for the night. Hooray!
Just went out to feed the Chickens (and check the rain gauge) and the ground is only just starting to get squishy-wet, so more rain will be very welcome. Looking back in my Garden Book, the last decent rain was on 5 March -- 2½ months ago! Too long.
Update 21 May 2007 16:43: Its bitterly cold and still bucketting down; rain should continue until tomorrow morning, and dams are starting to look a bit healthier.