The most amazing hail storm hovered over us on Saturday. It could have been snow, but it would have hurt to stand under it for sure - given the noise on the tin roof.
The hail went in to the gutters, down the pipes and clogged-up the inlet for the water tank. It gushed out all down the side, and this pile of ice even hung around through the next day as well.
The hugel bed was drenched, but it held the water from running down the hill. Perfect!
The rest of the property didn't get as much soaking-in as that one spot did - it's the first time I've seen rain running down the side of the hill like that. Too much to soak-in. It flowed down the driveway, into the old diversion drain (that was here long before we were), and into the dam - sounding like a creek, bringing silt and dirt with it.
After the storm, we walked the property, looking at where the water came from, where it went and learning as much as we could. The sun came out for a short time, and it looked eerie with the dark sky from the storm beyond the trees.
It's been raining on and off for the last two days now. The water tank is full, the garden swales are full, and all the plants in the shade house is un-damaged. I'd say we were pretty lucky. The cottage didn't drip once, the fire kept us warm, and the lights and power remained steady. Speaking of power.. we're still working on that..