Monday, 5 January 2015

Bushfires and other things

This is quite the sight, isn't it? For the record, this picture has not been taken from our property! One might think it's our view from the garden. No, it's from someone who was close to the action and picked up by ABC news.

The bushfire season has started with a bang. Two days of 42 degrees (plus below average rainfall in spring) and there we are. This particular fire is located about 30 kms East/North-East from us and has been behaving very erratically, spreading in all directions. I'm not sure if it's under control right now, but the conditions have improved a bit, which has helped. The firefighters hope to get some more grip on it today and tomorrow, before more hot and windy conditions return on Wednesday.

We did see the smoke cloud, and on Sunday morning we felt like smoked fish, as the wind had shifted and we were in the smoke, including the washing on the line.

A colleague of mine had to be evacuated and spent the Friday with her dog at her sister's, while her partner joined the fire crews and helped putting out spotfires created by burning objects flying through the wind and landing in random places, working long shifts and being fed by the Salvation Army. There are hundreds of volunteer firefighters involved, and they'll probably be working on this fire for some days / weeks to come.

Other news:

  • Bolke is still the sweetest dog. Nora loves giving him his treats. And all sorts of other things he's not supposed to get his paws on, like Bert and Ernie, mega blocks, all other blocks, toy buckets, clothes from the laundry basket, my slipper, my shoe. Yesterday he went mental in the garden, running around in circles (with my slipper and other objects) for nearly two hours.
  • Our new car has arrived, and it's great. We've taken it for an outing to the beach yesterday and had our second swim of the season. Our first swim was on Thursday last week, at Noarlunga. It was a bit of a challenge to get through, but once in the water it was very nice. We also took Nora for a swim and eventually she loved it. Standing in the (tiny) surf, with us pulling her up when a wave approached. She didn't want to leave. Yesterday we were at Brighton, the water there seemed a lot warmer, easy! Nora loved it again, and afterwards happily destroyed any beginning of a sandcastle I made.