September 7th 2022 started out like any normal day. I did some baking, gardening and even took some photos of blossoms etc on my fruit trees in the morning. I admired the quandongs that were coming along nicely. Phil arrived home from work the previous evening and he had heard there could be some hail kicking around with thunderstorms, so he put the 4wd away in the shed.
At about 4pm the rumbling of thunder and flashes of lightening started. Now usually when we hear of a hail warning, nothing really comes of it, just a couple of small spits of ice is all we get. This type of storm is totally unheard of in this area. But this one was different, its the worse I have experienced in my lifetime. It was like a tornado when it passed through. I started to cry when I saw all the destruction unfolding outside. I feared for all my veggies and fruit trees and the animals, especially birds that were in their nests sitting on eggs. I did rescue one bird who was slightly injured by hail from sitting on her nest. I brought her inside overnight and kept her warm with a hot water bottle. The next morning she was fine so I released her.
I do not think there will be much fruit for us to preserve this year. The apricot tree was almost in full bloom as was the nectarine. Although after wandering around the patch this morning there are more blossoms on the trees and the bees are happily buzzing around them. Isn't nature wonderful?
The good news is we have had quite a bit of rain following the storm and the trees are slowly coming back. Even though the fruit yield will probably be smaller this season, I am counting my blessings that the house is still standing firm. The roof is damaged though and will need replacing. Solar panels are all good, but solar hot water tank on roof needs replacing also because it is full of dents.
I'll let the photos tell most of the story.
The storm lasted about 20 minutes and this is what was left behind.
The spider lilies took a big hit. They have now turned yellow and I think I may lose them.
As they looked today...