You often hear the expression 'hail stones as big as golf balls' - well they really were that big in the village which is less than half a mile from our farm. Folk took photographs of individual hail stones laid on rulers to prove it.
Considerable damage was done - a friend's car had his roof so badly damaged that it is even possible he may have to have a new roof. Several businesses has skylights broken and various people had the back windows of their cars smashed. Quite a few greenhouses in the village bore the brunt of the storm and a Garden Nursery at Ravensworth near Richmond - maybe twelve miles from us - had over eight hundred panes of glass broken. It was all quite terrifying.
More storms are forecast for tonight so the farmer has put his car into the garage as a precaution (we usually leave it out in the Summer because swallows nesting make such a mess of the roof).
It has been another lovely day, slightly cooler with a pleasant breeze. But tonight it is warming up again and storms are set to creep up the country as the night progresses. We have both slept badly for the last few nights - why is it that we somehow don't feel 'safe' without at least a sheet over us in bed?