Our weather forecast was hail and some high winds !
It all happened so quickly, we heard the hailstones on the windows,
the noise of the wind in the trees, and then saw things flying past the window.
It was recorded as a mini tornado, and we must have been in the eye of it.
We were so lucky......
If these very large high trees had fallen in the other direction,
the cottage would now just be rubble.
That's the corner of our cottage on the edge of this photo.
We are just thankful that it was just the road that was blocked
and the trees hadn't fallen on the cottage.
The electricity and telephone cables were brought down
and we don't get a signal to use our mobile phones........
Fortunately the road which passes our house joins another road.
so we were able to get out and alert the local commune.
Who quickly alerted the necessary services
The next day a team of 4 men came to cut the fallen trees
and clear the road so that the electric & telephone
cables could be fixed back on the poles.
As we are so rural our cables have still to be put under-ground.
Now the huge tree trunks on the side of the road.
Not sure how long they will remain there,
as the owner of this land is now in a retirement home,
and in France everyone is responsible for looking after their own land !
Do you remember seeing pictures of our lovely pergola ?
during the summer it's covered in a grape vine
with a Bignone/Campsis - orange trumpet climber.
This is what it looks like now.
Most of the boundary fencing was in bits
and the rest was blown away.
I know it's sad when trees that have have been there for years,
are damaged by storms, but these had never been managed
and were far to high and too close to our property,
so in a way we are happy.
Can you believe that this window decoration remained in place,
it was on a sheltered wall.
I've just seen the news on our television
and seen how many states in the USA
are being given warnings of severe snow storms .
To all of you that maybe affected, I hope you stay warm and safe.
Weather permitting, I'm hoping that soon
I'll be able to get on with preparing some raised flower-beds
for the new David Austin roses I've chosen.
( with help from Mr France of course. )
I'll be back when the storm damage is cleared up,
and the flower-beds prepared,
So until then .