For the last few weeks, we've had thundery weather. Most of the time I enjoy lively weather so it's been interesting.
July 13: Evening thunderheads building up...
...which translated into impressive lightning that night.
The girls laid in a wagon and just watched the show.
When the cell moved too close for comfort, we retreated indoors and lit a lamp in case we lost power (we didn't).
July 16: A massive and dangerous storm headed our way, with half-dollar sized hail. We sprang into action and battened down the hatches. But what to do about the cars? We didn't want cracked windshields from the force of the hail.
We hit on the idea of cutting up one of the gigantic rubber inner-tubes from the tractor tires we got for the garden. We draped the pieces over the windshields and anchored them by closing the doors on the edges. Worked beautifully. I can see a lot of advantages to having big sheets of rubber hanging around.
The storm promised to be a whopper. I seldom see purple inside the Doppler radar pix -- but there it is.
In this case, the storm skirted just barely to the south and west of us, so we were spared the hail.
By the way, this is where Lydia can be found during any and all thunderstorms. It's amazing how she manages to cram her enormous body into that tiny cave.
July 20: I awoke this morning to dawn lightning and thunder, and stepped out on the front porch to see an early rainbow.
See the dawn's early light shining through the Virginia creeper leaves onto the wall? It also lit up the rainbow in the distance.
All day today we've had unsettling weather. We optimistically set up an impromptu spray room in the barn for spray a batch of 200 tankards...
...but prepping them for spraying took longer than we anticipated and a storm cell caught up with us, so we hastily shoveled everything into a more protected (but cramped) area of the barn until the weather passed over.
It was pretty wild for a bit...
...but now the sun is shining. What's the old expression? If you don't like the weather, just wait five minutes.