I don't call in to Teddy Talk as often as I would like , however, thought that you may not have heard that the State of Victoria in which I live is suffering many huge bush fires which are now joining up and appear to be unstoppable.
While we are in no actual danger we woke Friday morning to thick smoke. It in fact looked like Winter fog except the temperature rose to 36C and then increased to 43C by Sunday.( that is well over 100F). The fires have been caused by lightening strikes. Added to this we are experiencing our worst drought . So many of those living in the immediate area of the fires are preparing to defend their homes by hosing down walls, filling guttering and containers, with the little tank water they have left. If they are lucky enough to survive the fires then to buy a tank load of water will be a huge cost(it is the cost of transporting the water...our actual water costs are not expensive). Falling ash is likely to contaminate our dwindled water dams and render them useless.
So this is Christmas...added to this I lost a dear friend and neighbor on Friday...thank God for bears.
Speaking og which ..on a brighter note . I sold my charity bear T.G and sent a cheque of $725 AUD on Thursday to the diabetes charity set up in my late nephews name.
I will try to add a photo taken by my husband Sunday morning . You will note cars in the street shrouded by smoke.
Now off to the Gym to flush away some stress.!!
Susan .I am having trouble adding the photo so may have to try later !
Oh Susan: what a terrible thing to be happening. It is very sad to hear about your friend and neighbor.
I often wonder (afraid to ask) but what about the wildlife. Are there animal groups to help those hurt in the fire? I almost don't know if I can read the answer....The news never talks about the animals even in the USA when we have fires like that.
Do keep safe and let us know about the updates
Oh Susan, my thoughts are with you. It wasn't long ago that Canberra went through what you are going through now. We thought the whole of Canberra was going to burn - it came so close to us and was very frightening.
My thoughts are with you and your neighbours - stay safe, that's the most important thing. :hug:
Renae wrote:Yes, Michelle, I know a lady in wombat rescue over there, impossible to move a wombat burrow. It missed them, but badly burned the area right around them and they are flooded with injured animals. It really hits the wallabies, simply because they can't stand much stress.
Renea: Animal rescue groups are such a blessing really for those animals that are injured. thank goodness thedh wombat burrow was missed. Is she able to make sure they will be o.k. given the area is burned? Oh It is heartbreaking isn't it.....Any news on the wallabies? The picture looks so horriable!
Yep Renae, thats what our trees are like...the oil in the Eucalypts is flammable...actually, a lot of the seedpods need fire to germanate...so bushfire is a renewal process...but not when its out of control like this...its just devestating...
Susan, so glad that your bear sold, and I'm thinking of you all over there.... its just awful..this whole country is so dry...we are all in for a terrible summer this year I'm afraid...its scary...
Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts.
We actually get good coverage here as to the welfare of the animals. There is always a huge loss but many people are concerned and offer help . Many are returned to the bush but it is a matter of feed and water for them then.
We are told to expect the fires to go on for months.
My dear neighbor was 69 and broke her leg 6 weeks ago. I spoke to her in emergency and she was bright..eyes sparkling, from then she seemed to go downhill and then imprive several times until I think she may have decided it was all too hard. She lived alone.