Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Just when you think it's safe........
This was the view that greeted us as we drove home after work on Monday night. Our house is somewhere in all of that smoke.
The mass exodus of cars leaving the mountain. We must have seemed crazy to them driving up the mountain.
We made it home, this is the smoke from the top of our street. We put our fire plan into action again, it's become a routine now. Hosed down the house and garden and waited, it was a very long night. During the daylight hours you're comforted by the sounds of the helicopter water bombers over head, while they're working you know lots of water's quelling the fire, but once nightfall approaches they have to stop as they can't work in the dark and the pressure is on. It's hard to see the burning embers in the dark until they actually catch a hold.
We were very lucky the wind kept the fire to the west of us and with 300 fire fighters working through the night they had it contained by morning. It's still burning at present but is well under control, the test returns on Friday when the temperature is set to rise to 38c and the winds are from the north, I'm not sure yet if we'll hang around to fight it, depends on the day.
Luckily no lives were lost in this fire, three fire officers were burnt but not badly, buildings were lost and the photo above from our local newspaper shows what's left of one of the fire trucks. Luckily no one was injured when it caught on fire.
There's a new slogan going around at the moment 'you have to have nerves of steel to live in Victoria' and I think it's starting to take it's toll on all of us. Hurry up winter.
I still managed to get a commission finished. The necklace was for Jo to wear for the opening of her exhibition with Janette, Carolyn, Trish and Cathy. We went to the opening tonight, it was fabulous, such a wonderful variety of work from five very talented ladies. It was great to see lots of red dots on the works too in the current economic situation. It's not hard to see why, the standard of the work was brilliant. The ladies all looked resplendent in their opening finery. A great turn out of people too.