Summer departs with a freak storm:

Saturday was still and warm, the last day of summer, perfect for sitting outside for lunch and the afternoon tea. Two of our children and families came down to share time with us. This is what I love, preparing food for family.

Liza, Mackenzie, Francesca and Hazel

Liza, Mackenzie, Francesca and Hazel

Relaxing in the warmth of the evening the power fluctuated several times and went off all together. I always enjoy lighting the candles and having a quiet time.

The stormy winds sounded like a mini tornado, and then the rain began. We went out the back to see that everything was all right and to experience the storm. It wasn’t until the morning we discovered how damaging the storm had been. We were fortunate that only one street tree dropped a branch without any major damage.

 

Tree branch blocking our driveway.

Tree branch blocking our driveway.

Walking up the street a block we saw how a huge tree had fallen. Breaking a fence, falling across a parked car and blocked the road. There was also a cement electricity pole broken in half. Electricity wires were ripped from quite a few houses, so they will be without power for some time. We’re lucky as the power came on early this morning. So the beginning of Autumn came with a bang.

Next corner up.

Next corner up.

If you look closely you can see the broken cement power pole and the tree down.

If you look closely you can see the broken cement power pole and the tree down.

Autumnal crocus

Autumnal crocus

Me time: What’s your ideal Saturday morning? Are you doing those things this morning? Why not? Michelle W. Daily prompt.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/me-time/

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20 thoughts on “Summer departs with a freak storm:

  1. hilarycustancegreen

    We have the spring foliage of the colchicum coming up at the moment and I just transplanted some thinking – they’ll look great in the autumn. I’m glad you had your sunny family day and were not too much affected by the storm.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      I love to have bulbs, especially the colchicum, that were transplanted from Chris’s mum’s garden. I also have the baby cyclamen from her garden, all treasures! It’s wonderful having the four seasons with things to look forward to. Thanks Hilary, sounds like you have a lovely garden.

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  2. Martha Kennedy

    Oh man, that means spring is on the way here! I just got used to winter (it’s still OK with me if it ends, though). I’m glad nothing fell on your house! We had eucalyptus trees all over San Diego and they are brittle in storms. I love them, though. They smell so good in the rain.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      February/ March are usually fairly settled months here, and very pleasant. Yes, the eucalyptus trees are lovely but may ask the council to prune one of our street trees, as if they fall they can make a huge mess. The smell is good! πŸ™‚

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  3. bkpyett Post author

    This weather is unusual for us. Climate change? Northern Australia gets cyclones, but we usually get just moderate storms. It’s so strange, Yvonne, being able to communicate so swiftly with people on the other side of the planet, experiencing opposite extremes.

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      1. Master of Something Yet

        I don’t think we got hit quite as hard as other areas. There hasn’t been too much in the local news about the impact. Luckily the storm came through fairly late in the day so I think most festivities at the Festa were unaffected.

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  4. andy1076

    Oh wow I hope nobody was hurt through that storm, we get these here in Vancouver every so often too, wind storms and rain and occasionally both at the same time, I see nature still found its way through it all eh? beautiful shot πŸ™‚

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  5. petspeopleandlife

    You were very fortunate to have the storm miss your home. It surely could have caused much more damage to the area than what actually happened. It is difficult to connect to the fact that your season is turning to Fall just as ours is roughly three weeks away from Spring. But you are somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,500 plus miles from Central Texas. You are the other end of the planet. πŸ™‚

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