Last Saturday evening we had a tremendous storm here, short but very harsh. Lashing rain, a strong west wind and large lumps of hail that had me thinking the front door was going to give way.
When we ventured outside into the brilliant sunshine that oftens follows a storm this is what we found.
Our beautiful willow had been destroyed. The really sad thing is that we grew this willow from a branch that was broken off our original willow that was blown over in 'le tempete' at the end of 1999.
Fortunately the falling branch caused no damage but it has taken us a while to clear the debris and we now have a pile of logs drying out to use in our log burner and plenty of kindling.
I also found this in the garden
and sadly nearby two dead baby birds identified by my resident bird expert as baby jays. Casting our eyes around we spotted this
two more baby jays! They were huddled up together in the grass at the base of a tree. Had they got there themselves or had their mother pushed them there? They were not there the next day and we just hope that they fledged.
In my post box this week was this lovely 'vintage' card from Susan
Super fabric offcuts collaged together. I am displaying it with this ATC that Susan sent me last week
as they go beautifully together.
And finally, this is the weekend of le Grand Depart, this year from Yorkshire. Janice in Caunes also of Hebden Bridge has a lovely blog post here with lots of great photographs of all the preparations and decorations in Yorkshire - do go and have a look.
Hope you all have a great weekend - despite much time