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08 November 2015 @ 12:40 am
Saturday  
Up early today (early for me, at least, for a Saturday) to go with son's girlfriend to pick up her wedding dress. She is going to be such a beautiful bride! She was so excited she couldn't eat breakfast - imagine what she'll be like when the day finally arrives. And her dress won't be home with her for too long; it's going to need alterations which will take a couple of months apparently, so will be going back to the shop after Christmas.

Once home I had another attempt at fixing my vacuum cleaner which hasn't worked properly for over a month. I've lost count of the number of times I've taken it apart and cleaned filters etc, changed the hose in case that was the culprit (Ziggy had handily perforated it for me)and checked all the seals. The only thing I hadn't done was check the little bit of pipe leading from the hose to the machine itself - and there was a toy mouse, wedged inside. A couple of minutes with a screwdriver and it was good as new! Just as well, too; it's a Dyson, which I bought for the pet hair (can you say "longhaired white cats" anyone?) So, nice clean carpets again!

Up until mid afternoon it was hot and humid, owing to the recent rain, and then the clouds rolled in, and not only did we have an afternoon storm (so much for my rain-after-nightfall!) but we had hail as well! And my Mitsi was sitting in the driveway, because my new car was undercover in the carport. So there I was in the pouring rain, throwing a quilt over the roof of the Mitsi and a blanket over the boot. I hope it's okay; time enough tomorrow to check.

Firstly the rain and hail came from the south, and it was quite ferocious too. After about 20 minutes it started to ease, only to swing around and come from the opposite direction.

Here's a vid I shot, showing the downpour - you can see the water cascading over the gutters which just couldn't cope, as well as the hail on my front lawn. And it really was that loud. The larger pieces of hail sounded like gunshots.

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Trepkostrepkos on November 7th, 2015 03:15 pm (UTC)
Lovely icon of little Robert Anthony!
miwahni: Random A little rainmiwahni on November 8th, 2015 11:02 am (UTC)
Takes me right back, that does. A LONG way.
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on November 7th, 2015 03:21 pm (UTC)
Isn't it supposed to be spring, down your way? :-/

I was wondering who was Mitsi!
miwahni: Random Newcarmiwahni on November 8th, 2015 11:03 am (UTC)
Yes, it's spring, and late spring / early summer are the worst time for storms and practically the only time we see hail.
Sorry for the confusion. :-D
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - 06-01-01mrlnpndrgn on November 8th, 2015 12:27 pm (UTC)
late spring / early summer are the worst time for storms and practically the only time we see hail.

Didn't know that...

And here, we're bracing ourselves for winter :-/
miwahni: Random Rainbow Earthmiwahni on November 8th, 2015 12:45 pm (UTC)
So when do you typically have thunderstorms and hail then?
We have days that start out impossibly hot; at 7am yesterday already the sun had bite and by midday it was around 35 degrees. You could feel the tension in the air though and the storm was no surprise.

Edited at 2015-11-08 12:46 pm (UTC)
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on November 8th, 2015 12:57 pm (UTC)
when do you typically have thunderstorms and hail then?

We don't have a "hail season" per se. It happens during the summer, but it is not that frequent.

We get snowstorm instead :-)


midday it was around 35 degrees

It's 0° here at the moment. No snow yet, but it's still not quite winter!
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on November 7th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
Wow! That is crazy. Your poor car!
miwahni: S&H Mean Streetsmiwahni on November 8th, 2015 11:05 am (UTC)
It was mental. Luckily only two dents in the car, and one is the dead centre of the roof so only noticeable if you're standing above it looking down. Get more damage than that in a shopping centre car park so I consider myself very lucky indeed.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on November 7th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
What a lovely time for you and your family. ♥

I was reading about your vacuum woes thinking "she really needs a Dyson with all those cats" and lo and behold you already have one. *g* Glad it turned out to be a simple fix.

Those hailstones are amazing.
miwahni: Pros Cuppamiwahni on November 8th, 2015 11:08 am (UTC)
It's very exciting, yes, with the big day getting closer all the time.

I saved for months to buy that Dyson, it's the best machine I've ever owned. Should have bought one years ago and saved myself a lot of effort.

The hailstones were pretty amazing. My neighbour had eleven roofing panels on his back deck damaged in the storm and there's shredded vegetation everywhere.
rosie55rosie55 on November 7th, 2015 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh my, that is spectacular! Hope your car is okay.....

And I think it is lovely that you went with your son's girlfriend to get her dress - bodes well for your relationship with her!


Edited at 2015-11-07 05:29 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Pros Cuppamiwahni on November 8th, 2015 11:10 am (UTC)
It was pretty spectacular and the noise was fierce. Car could have been worse, only two dents and one of those can't be seen unless you're standing up above it looking down at the roof.

I feel very blessed to have such a lovely young woman coming into my family. She is amazing and awesome and I am so very glad my son found her (and so is he, of course!).
nerthusnerthus on November 7th, 2015 06:18 pm (UTC)
My, what a storm! I have a tin roof now so if and when we ever get hail again, I am not looking forward to the racket!
miwahni: Sherlock Keep calm and trust sherlockmiwahni on November 8th, 2015 11:11 am (UTC)
It was LOUD! Cats all hid themselves away for the duration of the storm. Louder than fireworks even. I love the sound of rain on the tin roof but the hail was too loud.