Well the relief this morning to wake up feeling a bit cold was wonderful! To put my dressing gown on…sheer joy!
Yesterday was beyond hideous…the temp was hot the wind was incredibly strong and gusting different directions…we had little sleep and both Hubby and I looked like day of the walking dead.
The day started with the poor pups looking at us as if we could somehow stop the heat,Doc was not coping..Forrest was trying to get comfy..it was not good. The temp started to rise rapidly and Hubby was nodding off due to lack of sleep..so I sent him to bed to catch up on some sleep. I was concerned if we had to bunk out he would be too tired to drive.
While he slept I listened to our scanner..all the firies were checking their comms for the day…they had all been waiting at the fire station the day before..the carpark full so I knew they were all ready to roll.
Then the alerts started a couple close enough to keep an eye on but far enough not to warrant panic,funny some fires further away are more of a risk because of their topography.
When people say the grass is brown and dry it’s not quite right,see at the moment the grass is almost red as if sunburnt and it’s still growing,we can’t slash due to rocks so it’s not a really good position to be in.
Hubby got up and we all just lazed around watching the alerts and seeing the news…I ran a bath and got my bathers on and hopped in with Doc..the heat was radiating off him..took awhile but it did the trick he cooled down…then rubbed himself from one end of the house to the other on any rug or carpet he could find..Forrest was next…carried in by Hubby…no mean feat he’s a big boy 🙂
By 5pm I had to go lie down I was starting to feel sick from tiredness and the heat ..Hubby woke me at 8pm I could have slept till the cows came home ..bless his cottons he made tea for us and we watched the news …
I will never become accustomed to seeing the ferocity of our bushfires….the main highway was closed and houses on the urban fringe were burning…again our fire heroes out there in atrocious conditions putting their lives on the line for us.
I feel bad complaining with what they are dealing with!!
All in all we had 5000 men and women out there fighting fires..seems we have lost at leats 20 homes,no idea of stocklosses, one dog ,wildlife no clue..fires are still burning tonight and emergency warnings in place for several areas..there was the smell of smoke today but none in sight for us.
When Hubby went to work this morning he had to get off the train and on a bus as part of the rail line is damaged he said it’s a pretty huge area of burnt ground up there..
Tonight it’s 17c outside…thankyou!! I feel like I may be human again ..the girls went outside and stretched their legs and relaxed..happy on the porch in mild sun puddles and the dogs have pretty much slept the day away..
I hope the firies get these fires under control soon as people still have that fear and sense of helplessness I their lives in these areas..may the sun calm down and the winds stop.