Forget raining cats and dogs, it was branches, (thanks Shirl) but luckily not too much damage and 2 birds are still on their nests! The crested pigeon didn’t get any more branches on top of her, but she would have had to hold on to not get blown out of her nest, which also survived! And on the other side of the house is a pair of willy wag tails with a nest. After the storm, a disheveled looking bird was on that nest too. It was a great storm, there are trees and branches down all around the paddock. And someone has been chainsawing out on the main road for hours!
This time we got 25mm which is quite respectable, in just half an hour. But the wind was terrible, from every direction. No lightning and just a little hail. So we were very lucky.
Just this morning our landlord swapped the cattle in our paddock for a flock of sheep. I watched them as they marched down the road (between the thistles) and turned right to go to the shade under the trees that you can see in the bottom photo. It was a very sunny and hot morning. After the storm they weren’t under the tree and I hope they weren’t there when those branches fell.