Saturday night Olly Technic and I had quite a fright. A severe thunderstorm hit our very exposed cottage in the country. It was quite a shock as there were none of the usual Bureau of Meteorology warnings, as there usually are for such events. The front porch was ripped off the house while we huddled in the hallway, without lights or power, praying for it all to end. I’ve never been stuck in a severe storm before, and it was terrifying to say the least. It really is a very primal experience, having nature threaten you and your only form of safe shelter also threatening to collapse around you. In a span of only five minutes, we went from being excited by the storm to being fearful of it.
We thought the lounge room roof was going to be ripped off too, as it flapped around in the 95km winds, and the ceiling was heaving up and down like a living, breathing, rippling creature. Thankfully, apart from the porch and the TV aerial blowing off, and a few other minor things, the house resisted any further serious damage. Most importantly, Olly and I, and the cat, were unharmed. We were grateful to have made it inside in time (we were standing out the front, watching it roll in, only minutes earlier), and that we thought quickly enough to close the doors and windows.
We were also incredibly grateful for our landlords and neighbours, who came to assist the minute the storm died down. They checked the roof and added a few more nails to it to make sure it was secure. When the storm was at its peak we thought we’d have to call the emergency services (SES) to help us, yet within half an hour we had a neighbour who is a professional builder on our roof making sure the house was OK. Country people are amazing!
We had an interesting night without power, eating whatever food we could muster, and the past few days have been taken up with cleaning vast amounts of grit and dust from the house, trying to catch up on sleep, dealing with neighbours and emergency repairs, keeping the cat calm, and regaining some sense of composure ourselves. It will take a few more days at least to feel somewhat normal, so any regular posting will be postponed for the time being…
However, Sarah McCartney’s Thirteen Questions interview will go up later this week, so stay tuned for that! Thankfully Sarah has done all of the hard work for me! Once I’m feeling a little less rattled I hope to bring you posts about the fabulous Kate McLean, smell walker and smell mapper extraordinaire, some more posts on synaesthesia and smell, and a follow-up post on fragrance materials and extraction methods.
Stay tuned, Techies, normal posting will resume before you know it!