The earlier part of the week brought a much-needed rainstorm, which is now blasting eastward across the country. The day after the rain stopped was dazzlingly sunny. And then the winds came.
We had the most dramatic and sustained windstorm that I've ever seen in California. It blew from dinnertime until dawn, knocking down branches and trees and interrupting electrical service all over the area. We lost a few mid-sized branches, and all of the leave from our fruit trees. The persimmon always carries fruit longer than leaves, but this doesn't typically happen overnight.
The good news is that our little house held up quite well. We could feel the whole structure shaking at times, which was disconcerting. Thankfully, the wind and rain didn't come at the same time, because if they had the damage would have been much worse.
The wind blew down most of the fruit from our wee Desert King fig tree. And then I think the squirrels absconded with the windfall. We managed to harvest one late-season strawberry along with one not-quite-ripe fig. And I utterly failed to take an in-focus photograph, before we ate them. The Figs have green skins and rosy interiors, and I think they'll be really tasty when the tree matures a bit
Overall, the garden is being terribly neglected because we've been putting all our energies into working on our kitchen. And of course, we were both really sick through most of October. I totally failed to get winter crops in the ground. Oh well, at least we're not depending on the garden to provide basic sustenance.
If you're curious to see what other more motivated gardeners are up, wander over to Daphne's blog for the round-up.