We control our work. We control our eating habits. We control our children. We control our time schedule. We control our lives. We control our purchases. But we can't control nature...
It started with a strong wind that made our flower bed wind mills spin like crazy. Then the dark clouds started to rapidly roll in. Within minutes everything turned dark. Who turned the switch off???
It ltterally felt like someone had put a lid on the world, not letting the sun come in at all. I went inside announcing that a thunder storm is on its way. The next thing I know was hail hitting the kitchen windows so hard we thought they would break. Larger than marbles they were poured down from the sky in frenzy with a wind so strong destroying everything.
5 minutes later it was all over. And I suddenly realized that this 5 minute hail storm must have made some damage. I went outside to have a look and came back in with tears in my eyes. It is all slaughtered, broken, destroyed. Every plant, every flower, every tree. The strawberries taht just started to go red are ripped and torn. The potato and tomato plants are lying spread out in pieces. Flowers are beaten to the ground. My lovely vine that just started to climb on my house wall is ruined. The pear tree hardly have any fruit left, torn, wripped... All the baby shoots are flattened to the ground... I don't think anything has survived these stormy 5 minutes.
We will probably have to start all over but most of all worry about the fruit trees. Will there be any apples, cherries, plums or pears? Will there be any raspberries, currants and strawberries?
Maybe this is natures way of paying back. Nothing is what it used to be. This spring has been the longest and wettest spring in over 200 years here in Switzerland. One day it is 32 degrees, the next it is 13... It is all so unpredictable. We can't control nature. And that is frustrating, scary and somewhat annoying as we want to control everything. But I also find it very refreshing at the same time. It makes me feel alive. This is real. Weather and nature is real, it is everywhere all the time. And we have to let it be that way. Live with it. Embrace it. Even if our garden looks like a war field.
Note: All photos taken with Instagram camera.