Well hello guys and yes i have been awol..the heat over Christmas has been atrocious and the weather such that more often than not the computer is packed and ready to go .
This has left me struggling with a small phone and fat fingers so blogging is a real chore.
I will of course be doing a slide show of thanks for the gifts and cards we have received..i feel awful as i am behind but needs must.
Christmas in our beautiful country can be quite brutal and this year has been no exception, i understand in the USA the weather has been warmer than usual and tornados have been taking a toll on homes and tragically lives..places usually covered in snow are warm and dry .
In England the weather i see has caused flooding also .it seems Mother Nature has thrown us all a curveball.
On Christmas day the Victorian seaside towns of Wye River and Separation Creek were hit by bushfires
Respectively 98 and 18 homes were lost..people were spared thankfully but the toll on the communities is high.
People flock to this are in summer and the tourism is vital for the community. The fire is still going and some areas are only accessible to emergency services and the residents.
For me i can only imagine losing everything..living in the bush it is a fear we live with not only in summer but year round it seems ..our landscape is parched.
When the 2009 fires hit the paddocks for weeks had been red as if burnt by the heat and sun we knew we were in trouble so burnt already they looked ..this year they have looked like that for weeks and we are only in December.
My heart is broken at the huge toll on wildlife.The losses of Koalas,Kangaroos,Possums,Birds,Reptiles Wombats,Echidnas..awful just awful..and the injured wildlife is flooding in..it will for a long time as they find their way from burnt bush and into areas unfamiliar to them..
I love the bush but i am losing my stomach for the devastation and fear.
This is something hubby and i have been discussing for awhile..how many more years spent waiting to watch the bush burn.packing and unpacking ..in heat .
What people do not mention is the alert fatigue..a very real and very dangerous phenomenon,you see we get alerts to fires in our area..we get radio alerts ,mobile phone alerts,we see the warnings about bad days..the day we had our family Christmas we were warned was to be one level down from catastrophic..we had to go..we did what we could but our day was cut short by our minds being elsewhere.
And when you get these alerts day after day..then maybe nothing happens and then a fire starts and you are active and then it is ok..or you leave with all your animals and drive around and it is ok..well you get tired..physically and mentally.This is the danger..you think oh it will be fine..and maybe it isn’t.
When you do this mind you you are hot..usually insanely hot,in denim jeans,shirts boots etc..and it is a killer.But so is ignoring it.
The day after our family get together we were exhausted..i wen to bed and got up at midnight..headed back to bed..adrenaline gone…heat still foul..45C or 113F day after day..in denim..in boots.well you get the idea.
Now our pups are 12 and 13..and we have made the decision that when they leave us we are gone..we can’t do this year in and out..this poses our second dilema..the sheep..now the move here nearly killed them..sheep do not travel 3 hours well and they are old..9 this year..what do we do..we can’t move them interstate it would kill them for sure, but they are family..so this is also a situation we need to consider..
It is a lovely life..it’s quiet and the town is beautiful..we have no neighbours and the wildlife is amazing..but i dread Summer..i dread being caught watching the bush burn ..
For now i am here and as such we are doing our best to keep us all safe..i am going to be a bit awol for awhile as i am getting the sewing machine out to make mittens for Koalas with burns..as Pepi Smart dogs Mum Michele has shared the pattern and shared that the call has gone out for them and pouches for Kangaroos..
So please will you send some POTP big time to the people who have lost their homes and also to the poor creatures that have been caught in this hideous fire which has burnt through thousands of hectares..this is a very early start to our fire season and New Years eve is also starting to be of concern..i send my thoughts to all people and animals caught in Mother Natures path at the moment..
Thanks for your patience with me guys..Loves Fozziemum xxx