Wow what a day Friday was. I woke up to a truly stunningly beautiful day, blue skies, sunshine a warmth and a crystal clear atmosphere. Absolutely lovely and just the day to celebrate my daughters birthday. So off I went to a nearby restaurant where we had agreed to all meet. My one big happy family. Steph looked radiant and happy and we all had a delightful time together. Shortly after we had split up to go our separate ways I got a call from hubby Fred to say “its hailing outside so hang on a bit longer before setting off.”
Thought nothing more about it and finally wended our way home only to hit a huge traffic jam which had resulted because the road was inundated with water necesitating careful driving! Wow we thought they must have had some rain here. Then we realised just what we had missed…
As we drove up the final hill home the whole valley was just devastated. The trees looked like some angry giant had just twisted and ripped off all the tops. Not just one or two but the whole hillside.
As we looked around more we saw trees had fallen down and tiles had been ripped off roofs. We now feared for our own houses.
Well what a mess! But then I was one of the lucky ones, my house was fine nothing broken and the roof in tact but there were 5 broken trees in the garden; one huge avocado tree reduced to a splintered stump!
I went off to get a chainsaw and noticed loads more damage with people slowly trying to get access to roads through the littered trees and wires hanging precariously. They were out of saws but I met up with a delightful man named John who said he would come and sort me out. Well what a hero he was, working away in the rain clearing the trees from off electricity wires and fences making all safe for us. And then guess what? He only wanted a donation! Obviously I paid him fairly but I could have ripped him off badly cause he never even looked at how much I gave him.
But that was not the end of the day. We found out that this tornado or whatever it was had annihilated a low income area down the road where our staff stay. Dreadful. 4000 people had absolutely no house or possessions any more and 7 children died. Awful! It is inconceivable to understand such loss and can only thank our lucky stars for our own good fortune and try our best to help those who didn’t have our luck that Friday. John went on to work till 9pm cutting up trees and clearing roads so people could get to their houses. A true knight in shining armor.
But that is still not the end. Actually as they say every cloud has a silver lining. Our silver lining came in the form of a telephone call from my daughter saying “Mum, Brandon asked me to marry him!!!”
So we are now proud ‘in-laws to be‘ and very happily welcome Steph’s Brandon to our family.
What a lovely way to end the day.