Hello Everyone! I've been off-line for three days as my computer kept telling me I would have to install a modem, so it's nice to catch up on what's been happening.
As I live on the Central Coast I thought you might be interested in a few of my thoughts and experiences over the last week. Luckily I am across the lake from the fires but it has certainly not been pleasant.
Murder could quite cheerfully have been committed by me during the last week as at night roaming bands of idiots have been letting off fire-crackers. Hanging, drawing and quartering would have been appropriate. They think the fires may have been deliberately lit.
My Celtic skin rebels at the constant sweaty outpouring of the 3-4 litres of water I have been drinking each day, and I am covered in itchy red blotches.
I got so sick of my hair being wet all the time I finally grabbed the scissors and cropped it off.
My escape plan was to drive to some relatives in Sydney (an hour away). But they announced that both highways to the city were closed by the fires. Plan B was to drive to the lake, wade in, sit in the mud and try to think nice thoughts.
The joy I felt when the southerly buster hit and the temperature plummeted. I opened all the doors and windows to cool the house and myself down as quickly as possible. Everything was so warm - the bed, the chair seats, the towels, even the toilet seat.
The guilt I felt while enjoying the above, knowing that the speed of the wind and the direction change was causing havoc for those wonderful, brave fire fighters trying to control the beast. The St John's Ambulance volunteer who died.
You wonder what else there is to burn.
It has been a nasty fortnight with this horrid heat building up a bit more each day it seemed. I too wonder what February will be like.
Thank you for your kind thoughts - it means a lot.