Miss Molly 4
Bob & Peggy Wilkerson/Geoff & Merel Pettifer
Thu 16 Dec 2010 08:18
Since we were going to stay put at anchor and the sun came out we decided to do some laundry on board. It was not even hanging for an hour or there came the clouds! So we moved it from the foredeck to under the bimini. Down to some indoor jobs then! While we were doing that it started raining more and more. Thunder and lightning around us. And then there was this noise of marbles being dropped on the boat. We could not even call it hailstones, these were ice cubes falling from the sky! They easily measured 12 - 15 mm and we were worried that if they would get any bigger they would plummet right through the canvas. We have never ever seen hailstones that big, not even in a good old European winter. It was so unreal that we video-ed it. Thoughts of a new ice age, "The Day After Tomorrow" and doomsday crossed our mind as de skies were dark. But the hail changed back to rain while the thunder and lightning still hung around, sometimes too close for comfort. If you can have hailstones like that in summer, what on earth will the weather here be like in winter we wonder.

Later in the day the sky cleared and we took the dinghy ashore to buy some milk at the local grocery store. That was so pricy that we now keep it in the on board safe. On the way back in the dinghy Geoff took his cap off to prevent it from blowing off his head. He did not realize that his favourite pair of sunglasses were parked on top of his cap so they went over the side. We went back ("Sunnies overboard!") to see if by any chance they would float but no, not even a few bubbles to indicate where they went down the Pittwater Inlet. So that milk got even more expensive! At least we are in the country where he bought the sunnies 3 years ago, so he may find a similar pair soon. Not that you need them here that often with the current weather!

Well it can only get better from now on!

Cheers from Geoff & Merel