Monday, 20 August 2012

The Great Hail of 2012

Sorry for my absence! I'm sure you all know how life can get crazy. This will mainly be an updating post so maybe you can begin to understand my circumstances.
I just finished my full time job for the summer and now have a couple weeks before school starts to just relax. I went camping this weekend near Banff, Alberta and had a great time! Hopefully I will have some time to post some pictures and videos of crafting that I haven't had a chance to share. I still have a lot to do to get ready to move into residence though.
Last week we got hit by some crazy hail. I have never seen nor experienced anything of this magnitude before. The dark storm moved in very quickly at about 3:30 PM on August 14th 2012. We live just South of Strathmore, Alberta and apparently this is where the storm hit the hardest. Luckily we managed to get everyone (including our pets) safely in the house. As you can see, the house did take quite a beating. The siding is completely smashed down to the ply-wood, fascia is torn off, window screens are all torn, and one window on the garage was broken. All of the trees in the area were stripped of leaves and even bark. During clean up, we have come across over 10 dead birds. We are grateful that the result of this storm was not more devastating as we are all safe.

The garden is completely destroyed but luckily most above-ground plants were done and the blow-ground stuff can still be saved. Our raspberry patches and tress were not so lucky.

The trees took a terrible beating. Lots had their bark stripped right off. We tried to put wound sealant on most of them but the damage may be to great to save them. All we can do is hope that they will survive the winter.
In better news, I will hopefully be posting a charm update on youtube soon as it is currently uploading. I have had trouble with this video so hopefully it works this time! Keep your eyes peeled!

1 comment:

Nancy said...

Wow, Heather! Those photos are incredible! We had a crazy hail storm a few years ago but our damage wasn't quite that severe! A storm like that is very frightening, isn't it? I'm so glad your family and pets are all okay! Thanks for sharing the pictures...I'm really sorry for the loss you've all suffered!
On a happier note...I'm glad you had such a great holiday and I'm super excited for you as you begin your count-down to school! All the best to you!...Nancy :o)
(I think I'm a little behind on your videos but hope to catch up on the ones I've missed soon!)