And the Hail Came Down!






The skylight in my wool room.

I must apologise for the poor photo quality, all these photos were taken with my phone today, it was raining and hailing way too much to take my Canon out into this weather!

Today started out like any other lovely day, sunny, warm with just a few clouds in the sky. I have an amazing weather app on my phone called Weather SA, that sends me a weather update each morning and today it mentioned a storm but I was expecting it to rain a little. The kids swam and then we went inside to begin our schoolwork. It started to darken outside and we noticed a few snow flakes, yes, I said snowflakes (it’s late Spring here by the way) falling to the ground! A few minutes later, hail started pelting our house. Not small pieces of hail, hail the size of golf balls! I have never experienced anything like this in my life!! It was scary!

I scrambled for the car keys, trying to get the car into the safety of the garage, I actually have bruises on my arms from running around in the hail to park the car, each hailstone stung like a bee sting when it hit my skin. The sound echoing inside our home from the hail was deafening and it was difficult to hear each other speak. All the pets and chickens were safe and out of the storm.

My mom’s bedroom had water streaming down the walls and our veggie garden mesh roof collapsed but it’s still protecting our veggies, it’s actually full of hail that hasn’t melted yet. I need to go out there and sort it out. Our garden is in shreds, leaves and branches everywhere… (At least our veggies are safe!!)

How’s your day going? I must go and find something to knit, that was way too much excitement for one day:)

Giveaway Winner:

The winner of the Nurturing Fibres yarn giveaway is lovely Lori, congratulations!!! I will send Carle’ your details:)

lori November 5, 2012 at 3:29 am

everything is so beautiful it’s hard to choose. i love the charcoal colors and forest glade, but the pinks and chocolates are gorgeous too…
i’ve never joined a club before, but now i’m very interested! nice to meet you carle! thank you and linda for offering this giveaway!

See you all tomorrow for Creative Friday xo

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17 Responses to And the Hail Came Down!

  1. Donna November 8, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Yikes. I have never seen that much hail piled up…ever! Amazing.

  2. lori November 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

    oh my goodness! i woke to my kids buried in snow on the east coast, you being pelted with huge hail in s.a. and finding i’ve won carle’s giveaway. i will now go make a pot of tea and collapse! and probably knit too, it’s all so exciting. thank you linda.

    p.s. i hope you don’t have too difficult a time with the clean up, so glad no animal or vegetables were harmed! 🙂

    love, lori

  3. Brigi November 8, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    I am sorry, I hope your garden all your belongings are okay!

  4. Teresa November 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Glad all people, animals, and chickens were safe from the hail! Looks monstrous!

  5. Crystal November 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    That is incredible! Its been such a strange spring. Here in Durban we are yet to see a hot day. Its just been raining day in and day out!

  6. Christina November 8, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    About 9 or so years ago we had a freak storm like this in Austin Texas. All of a sudden you heard car alarms going off and glass smashing. When it was over my car looked like it had cellulite LOL.

  7. Andrea from ziezo November 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    Wow! Amazing views. . . Spring in SA? It doesn’t look that way. . . We are having heavy rains, a bit more than the regular short rains, but then the weather pattern worldwide has been off

  8. Ellisen November 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    So sorry to hear about this terrible storm – absolutely shocking at your time of the year. We’re expecting snow soon, but it’s late Fall in USA. Hope you’re all ok and safe.

  9. Jeni November 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    What an adventure! Hope you have a houseful of merry hearts for the cleanup!

  10. Pam November 9, 2012 at 12:54 am #

    Can only hope tomorrow is better! Unbelievable! Thank goodness no one was hurt except for your bruises. That must have really hurt…

  11. Imene November 9, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    The weather is totally out of whack. We had Sandy last week and 13 inches of snow yesterday. I hope we get back to a normal weather pattern

  12. Alessandra November 9, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    my gosh!! Unbelievable!!!
    xxxx Ale

  13. Marlene November 9, 2012 at 7:39 am #

    Hi! Every few years the weather plays up. I can remember in the early 80’s that my husband could not fly back to Port Elizabeth from Johannesburg because the airport was close due to snow! It is believed that our weather has been manipulated recently by ‘them’, whoever they might be! Interesting reading though.

    I also remember the times we had hail in Pretoria, man, those stones were huge! The sound of it coming over the houses roofs’ sounded like thousands of horses galloping towards you! Sorry about your garden, but the flipside is with all the nitrogen that were dispersed with the hail, they will soon enough recover. Good thing your chickens and veg patch were safe. Hope the bruises clear up quickly.

    Enjoy your knitting!


  14. Cirila Cerilo November 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    weather can come up with amazing stuff. i couldn’t help notice that your garden is completely covered with mesh. is it to protect it from bugs? I live on the east coast of the USA an we’ve had a terrible time with shield bugs the past few years – i’m wondering if that would be the solution. just curious if you had a similar problem.

  15. Stel November 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Wow. Impressive, and scary! We just saw the Dark Cloud and had some wind, thank goodness. Had lighter hail earlier in spring – haven’t seen hail like this year in Pretoria since the 80’s.

  16. KC November 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Oh my! that would be sooo scary! Thank you for showing us pictures. I’m so glad you had that garden netting!

  17. JoAnn November 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    Oh, these storms are so SCARY!! We live in Colorado, USA and have experienced these horrible hailstorms. They have destroyed our roof twice – now we have a metal one. So glad you had your garden netting up. Hope your animals are okay. Keep safe and try to have a little fun cleaning up 🙂

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