Thank you to everyone who has contacted me regarding the devastating bush fires in Victoria. I find it difficult to comprehend the enormity of the losses, how quickly they ocurred and the length of time it will take for those affected to recover, if ever, from this disaster. The fires are still burning, threatening lives and property. The firefighters and emergency services workers are true heros; how they manage to keep going... The closest fire to me is at Beechworth about 50kms away. I feel very very fortunate that all I've experienced is smoke haze.
This looks much greener than it really is! Perhaps it's because I took it from inside the house on Sunday, as it was too hot to go outside. The weather man predicted a cool change but forgot to mention, it was going to peak at 40 deg first! Yesterday and today have been much more pleasant. I've lost count but I think we had 12 straight days over 35 deg with many of those 40+deg. I've never seen so many plants with their leaves badly scorched. Even the gum tree on the nature strip was not immune. You can imagine then, just how tinder dry the bush is and with strong winds how quickly the fires spread and moved on Saturday and why they continue to burn.
Now I know I need to straighten up the bird bath. I did try and managed to tilt it in the opposite direction. Made me laugh. Sometimes we need to find something to laugh about.