After a lovely Christmas lunch we returned home to face the brunt of the wild storms which hit Melbourne. I'm very fond of my car so was exceedingly sad to loose it to a wild torrent of water.
Everything inside the lower storey of my neighbours home was destroyed. Their garage, workshop and a beautiful self contained apartment were obliterated. The water was moving so quickly and with such force it flowed through their house and still had enough intensity to knock down their rear fence. They weren't home so John and and I fought our way through the storm, to rescue their terrified little dog, Max, who was huddled on a window ledge.
A very frightening and upsetting incident which has left me feeling very low. I'm very worried about all my lovely birds who visit every day. They were battered with very high winds and golf ball size hail stones. Most of the shrubs in my garden are stripped of foliage or just snapped in half. Many branches are down and huge shards of bark have been ripped from trees. Hard to imagine any little creature being able to hang on during the maelstrom.
I received many beautiful gifts from my Christmas swap partners for which I'm really really grateful. I'll post pictures once the big clean-up here is finished.