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Paperific at Melbourne Showgrounds has been great up until mid afternoon on Saturday…..when the weather changed!

I must say it is the first time I have ever been hailed on INSIDE the building.  The show was evacuated after the roof failed to keep out the weather and the display area, cafe and toilets were  flooded and hailed upon with great enthusiasm!

Stallholders scrambled to cover stock and raise boxes from the floor as some patrons shopped on until evacuation became a priority!

Needless to say, the building is in no fit state for the public today and the last day of trading has been cancelled. Off to pack up the stock now and to survey the damage!

We were safely moved across to another building while the situation was assessed, at which time I braved the elements and retrieved my car….and it now sports a lovely wavy finish over the roof and bonnet courtesy of the golf ball sized hail that pummeled it!  Whilst waiting for the decision to stay or go, there was one mighty deafening flash and thunderclap as one of the light towers at the Showgrounds took a direct hit – I looked up to see the  floodlights lights glowing and the tower flashing green. It certainly has been one of nature’s more spectacular shows!

If you missed out this weekend…Don’t forget to come in August!


…..its here!

I don’t often talk about the weather unless it is relevant or, as in the past couple of days, extreme. We have received more rain over the past couple of days that we have seen for quite some time,  the nightly newscast informs us of the centimetres of snow dusting the slopes in the high country  and the tin roof has resounded with the drum of hail.

I cannot recall how long it has been since there has been hail in any quantity in these parts, so it was with great surprise I discovered the back deck still covered in hail some hours after the storm had passed.

Back deck

Back deck

The back garden had drifts of hail banked up, the pot plants were dusted over and the gutters were running.  This is something of a novelty given how long it has been since there has been much rain at all.

Let’s hope that this lovely rain is making it into our water storage areas  and replenishing the underground water table.

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