A month after the fires

The view from the house after the fire

The view from the house after the fire

One month and 30mm later

One month and 30mm later

Over there in the foothills, things are still tough. Stoic 84-year-old quarry-man, Jim, is still coming to terms with what he’s lost. Thankfully, his son and workers got out just in time but nearly a lifetime’s work went up in smoke that day.

Here on the other side of the valley, we’re just grateful to have been spared.

A couple of dumps of rain have brought summer (and the threat of fire) to an end and while the grass is yet to get moving, it is greening. Groups of cows are being sent on maternity leave, seed is being drilled into tired pastures and we’re cleaning out the calf shed again.

In five years, our little valley has seen fire twice, devastating floods, drought and plagues of grubs. It’s all a bit biblical.

“May you live in exciting times.”
– ancient Chinese curse

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4 responses to “A month after the fires

  1. I’m sorry if you wanted to add a comment. For some unknown reason, WordPress unilaterally decided to turn comments off.

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  2. From a whole world away…didn’t hear about the fire. Sounds terrible, and I am so sorry.

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    • It was a scary time with much of the state ablaze but we had learnt a lot from the terrible fires of 2009 that killed so many Victorians. I’m sure those lessons saved countless lives this summer.

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  3. So sorry to hear about Jim and all the others. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayers.

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