Saturday, 19 September 2015

Hail storm

I'm slightly obsessed by hail at the moment after being caught in the storm and then having to find my way home through ice packed roads with ambulances and fire engines zooming to all the accidents. I found it very scary, just staying on the road, but yesterday I spoke to our postman who was on his motor scooter during the storm and sheltered under a tree. He said he was terrified and I believe him. One thing though, it has made me really appreciate everyone who lives where snow and ice are a normal part of winter. I was at our local shopping centre when it started to hail and I was amazed to see how much ice was on the ground there.
However, driving home was like driving through a winter wonderland and I was even more surprised when I arrived home. I'm so pleased I took photos of my garden a few days ago because there's very little left now... And I'm drawing a veil over the plight of my tomatoes.
Wisteria was just beginning to bloom...
Echium
Clivea
Hydrangeas surrounded by shredded leaves
My potatoes growing in a bag are looking fragile now the ice has been removed
The pathway into my Secret Garden
Tennis court under ice and water
Several inches of ice by the swimming pool
It could have been so much worse. My little house didn't leak but the big house above did, and the gutters and the pool roof have been damaged by the weight of the ice. The storm cut a swathe through the district, completely missing some areas and devastating others. People lost roofs and cars and the most spectacular sight was a news helicopter filming over the beaches where it looked like snow on the sand.

One thing that has cheered me has been that I'm making an effort to reorganise my studio. This is a polite way of saying I'm trying to take it back from the chaos I've caused in the past year or so. Maybe I'll make something soon. I figure if I make one area at a time workable then I have some chance of getting my enthusiasm back. One spot that looks a bit better is my bottle collection.
It's so easy to  make me happy! A couple of old bottles, a piece of bakelite, a bit of tarnished silver and I'm in seventh heaven. Oh, and anything rusty...

19 comments:

  1. Ouch on the garden front. So much devastation, in such a short time. I hope some at least of it recovers.
    Loving your bottles. Elegant. Intriguing.

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    1. Yes, EC, ouch just about covers it. It was very quick, maybe an hour, though it seemed much longer, and a lot of ice produced in that time. I love the bottles, I've always collected them, especially museum bottles, but this lot came in an auction win box. I think elegant is a lovely word for them - thank you. BTW, I've just unearthed my honesty seeds. Can I just sprinkle them over the garden and hope they come up? I'm glad I didn't do it last week...

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    2. Sprinkle away. They are starting to come up everywhere here, so if those don't take there will be more to send in a few months.

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    3. Thank you, EC, I'll start sprinkling!

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    4. have never had any luck with Honesty & I love it!

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  3. Fingers hit a wrong key...just saying that I'm glad it was not worse, Carol

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    1. Thanks, Di, of course it could have been way worse. Roof may be leaking but it's still holding up, and plants will regrow.

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  4. Oh your poor garden! I'm glad you made it home safely, it would've been scary driving through it. We had a touch of that storm cell as well, but all the hail was inland and just blowy blustery storms here with lots of heavy rain, thunder and lightening...bad enough I think. Thanks for visiting my blog the other day, love;y to 'see'you there :)

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    1. Hi Nanette! I'm pleased you didn't get the hail though the storms were bad enough. Just a reminder that it may be spring but we mustn't be complacent about the weather. I really enjoyed your blog...

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  5. what a wild storm, passed right over Sydney!

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    1. And thank goodness for that, Mo! That's our second disastrous storm this year, got the trees last time. It makes me appreciate our northern hemisphere friends who deal with ice and snow on a regular basis.

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  6. mercy. what a terribly wild hale storm; so glad you made it home safely.

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    1. Hi Sandra, yes, it was wild, but I know you deal with far worse in winter on your beautiful farm. I was pleased to get home too.

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  7. Hi C - I agree - hail can be beautiful when in the open landscape but in the backyard - sad about the damage - but good that it is in easily spring as the plants just might recover and reward you with another burst of beauty. Go well. B

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    1. Hi B, after a week there are lots of new shoots so I'm pretty happy. A few things may have died but I can replace them. And all my newly planted lilies and hippeastrums seem to be growing apace in spite of the icy bath. Go well. carol

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  8. hail is beautiful and exciting - but shame about the damage. Hopefully the plants will recover. I've often wondered too how it must be for people who live in places with extreme weather events.

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  9. hail is beautiful and exciting - but shame about the damage. Hopefully the plants will recover. I've often wondered too how it must be for people who live in places with extreme weather events.

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    1. Hi Sue, yes, there's definitely an element of excitement and seeing everything appearing to be covered in snow was beautiful. Much of the garden is reshooting, even the wisteria is popping out the odd spray of blossom. The most obvious damage is to pockmarked and shredded plants and I'm yet to decide what to do about those. Hail was just a blip in the scheme of things. I admire those who live with seriously extreme weather - not sure I could do it.

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