Big Weather

That was cool.  We just had the edge of a huge thunderstorm pass over (from the look of things, the main part went right over the city centre) – loads of thunder and lightning, which lasted about half an hour, and then, just as the lightning was dying down, we heard a strange roaring in the distance which seemed to be getting closer. We couldn’t figure out what it was – it sounded almost like a train rushing towards us, but we’re miles away from any railway line.  And then we realised – it was hail.  Big hail.  We only got the very edge of the storm, so we only got a scattering of hailstone, but they were big ones – we could hear them crashing onto the roof, and breaking when they hit the concrete path (and the yell from our neighbour when one hit him when he went outside to see what was going on…).

I managed to retrieve a couple (actually, when I looked more closely at them, I think they might be two parts of a larger one that broke apart when it hit):


Definitely the biggest hailstones I’ve seen in real life!

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(except I’ve updated here so irregularly lately that you probably didn’t even know I was away…)

Anyway, I spent last week down in Central Otago at a conference (which was really interesting – lots of heated debates going on in the tea breaks, which is always a sign of a successful conference), with the bonus that I was able to stay with Mum instead of the conference hotel, so I got to see lots of my family in between racing up and down to Cromwell.  And I got to introduce the kids to Minecraft, which was lots of fun (and when I mentioned we’ve got it set up for multiplayer over our network, the boys invited themselves up to visit us in the holidays ;-))

Another highlight of the trip was a guided tour of Bendigo (note for Australians, yes, we have one too, but ours is a bit more ghost-towny than yours).  Dad came along for the walk, so I got to spend some time with him as well.

So generally a very nice way to spend a week when I was technically working!

Pretty pictures from Bendigo: