Hail wallops the Hacienda

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IT SHOULD NOT be raining in these parts in March, but it’s done so a couple of times in recent weeks. But not like this afternoon. Lord no.

First, black clouds hovered over the mountains. Then they headed this way. Wind began to blow, big-time. Rain came and then hail, lots of hail.

We had one of the three canvas curtains extended on the upstairs terraza. The center of each curtain is clear plastic to permit light to enter. But after a summer in direct sunlight, the plastic had discolored and weakened. The hail tore it to shreds.

Here you can see the one that was destroyed, the clear part in the middle.

I’ve already called Nico the Curtain Man who says he’ll be here Wednesday. I think we’ll have to find some other material for the center of the canvas curtains, which we need to block the daily rains of summertime.

In the meantime, the yard looks like it needs a snowman.

10 thoughts on “Hail wallops the Hacienda

  1. It’s rained here in San Miguel during the past two nights, and quite a bit too, something like two inches. Today we had a bit of a hailstorm and more rain, but not as much. It’s so dry here I hesitate to complain about precipitation, though. Let it rain.

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    1. Señor Lanier: Damn climate change, and nothing to be done about it. Downtown here, no rain whatsoever, much less driving hail. What luck. Just in my hardscrabble neighborhood. My problem with rain in general is that it makes the lawn grow, which means someone must mow it. Hasn’t reached that point yet, and I hope it won’t.

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  2. Forget de grass, how’s da glass, dude? After a rather pricey upgrade to the upstairs patio, I’d hate to think of a shattered investment (re: my 401k). Keep well.

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  3. Can the entire curtain be made out of the canvas? Looks like you’d still have plenty of light. We use the Sunbrella material on the west side of our patio.

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    1. Thirsty: Sure, it can, but that would drastically reduce the light. It’s clear that if we just replace the transparent plastic in the center that it will have to be done yearly. The sun is just too brutal. It does a real number on the plastic but not the heavier canvas. So, we’ll be checking with Nico the Curtain Man on Wednesday about filling that center space with the sunblock net that’s up top. We’d use a light-colored variety. It’s far more durable than the plastic, and I think it will solve the problem.

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  4. Rain here on the Western frontier of Tejas as well. As you likely know, we are destined to be a part of the Eastern Chihuahua desert if we wait long enough. Dominant southwesterly winds will see to it given enough time. We have forecasts for several days of rain. Most of the old folks here pray for it.

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