Although we've had warning after warning of winds over 100 kph over the last week, we've got through it with no damage, just a bit of mess. Tuesday night was different, it was so noisy, the windows shook, we couldn't sleep and it was a bit scary! We did an inspection yesterday morning and found a huge piece of tree had crashed down alongside the driveway, so it was out with the chainsaw and the cutters and the rakes to cut it up and clean up. Our house holds up well in the wind which is great.
We are currently going through another morning of galeforce winds, which is supposed to abate later today, then the forecasts are much more civilised. Last night I woke up and actually saw stars in the sky, first time for ages!
I've finally worked out the pecking order. They are a very amiable group of ladies who get on very well, but when yummy stuff is around then the hierarchy sometimes becomes evident. We have two lots of two.... the two bosses are Anne and Angie, and the lowlier pair are Leanne and Wilma. But really, all that happens is Anne, who is the absolute supreme overlord, may give Wilma or Leanne a mild peck on the top of the head if they get too close. And they just lower their heads as if to say, yeah, sorry boss, I'll back off a bit. Then all is fine. Wilma has also got this sorted by becoming the roadrunner chicken, she darts in so fast and grabs the good stuff and is off before anyone blinks an eye.
The lush yard of kikuku grass is starting to look a bit lean, I never knew just how much chickens scratch. There is probably half the grass remaining, but we have areas elsewhere of kikuyu that we want to get rid of, so Steve occasionally cuts a big square of turf out and barrows it over to their yard, to keep some grass growing. I planted a shrub in a corner of the yard, tree lucerne, a fast grower with edible seed pods for them. But I had to fortify the ground around it big time, to keep those little velociraptor claws away from the roots!
Well, the wind is still howling, and the rain is now bucketing down, which is good as it stops the sand blowing around and creating sand dunes outside the back door. Time for a cuppa I think....