Thank you so much to everyone for your concerns and kind comments re my past two bushfire posts. I haven't had time to respond to you all individually, but please know I really appreciate your words and thoughts. Thanks to all the people too here and overseas who have given to the Red Cross and other charities. The response has been amazing, the victims of the fires have been overwhelmed by peoples generosity and concern.
To date 189 people have died and they are still expecting that to rise as they search deeper into the burnt out areas. Most of the fires are contained but they expect it will be weeks before they are extinguished completely.
We had a scare last night, a fire started only a few kilometres from here, fortunately, for us, the wind was blowing it away from our property. I had filled the bath with water the previous week incase we had fires and had the mops at the ready. Sunday night I decided to bucket the water out of the bath and spread it around our very parched garden, half an hour later, after the bath was empty, our fire siren went and the helicopters started flying over, we were told to put our emergency fire plan into action, so guess what, I now have the bath full again. I think I might leave the water in there this time until winter.
This was the sunset a couple of nights ago from all of the fires that were around, the colours were amazing.
This is our front garden on the same evening, it was such an eerie glow, everything was pink.
We had a working bee at the weekend and we now have our view back (this is the view from our back fence). My daughters and their partners came over and cleaned up the back garden, it's like a park now, no grass or dead trees. I didn't realize how big the garden was, we haven't seen it in such a long time.
These are a few more pages from my junk journal. I'm really enjoying working in this journal. I've been using it to experiment and to loosen up. Everything is done quickly without thinking. Very enlightening.