Hailstorm on 2 June 2022 – damage and photos
We are reeling from the after effects of a hail storm a week ago – at around 6am on 2 June 2022 a hammering on the roof like an attack had Sean and I jumping out of bed. The hailstones were like golf balls.
It took me a week to feel ready to share photos and words about the damage and the loss.
We have lost the majority of our crop, which is terrible for us as it is a year cycle so this is a whole year’s work, but as hard, is seeing the trauma on our vines, the hurt they are suffering. It almost feels like physical pain for us. When I walked out after the storm had passed I could feel them crying.
They have started the work of healing themselves already, open wounds are now covered over with scar tissue making them look like spotted canes. New leaf shoots are starting to show in places.
We have lost more than half of the crop and the same again in leaf cover. What is left may struggle to reach maturity due to a shortage of leaves. Vintage 2022 will be very small.
Hail is ruthless.
The ground was covered in white hailstones and green debris. The hail was like a grim reaper scything everything in its wake.
We were lucky the glass table didnt get smashed.
A bathroom window wasnt so lucky. Neither was the car which looks like someone had a hammer party on it.
But renewal is everywhere. The terrace after being cleaned up looks like new. 🙂
Sean’s potager was ravaged but is already starting to recover in places. The watermelons we thought were dead are starting to push out new leaves. The pears and peaches that were knocked off are gone for this year but the trees will recover for next year. The brassicas covered by netting to protect them from fleabeetle were mercifully protected but the nets are damaged in places. The greenhouse survived and everything in it is safe including beautiful basil that is lifting our spirits.
We lift outselves up like our vines lifting their broken leaves and broken canes. They are making a herculean effort to heal and renew themselves. Courage.
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