Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This is a photo taken at the end of our street of the fire that started in Sailors Falls and threatened Daylesford and other towns nearby.
As I left to pick up the kids from school yesterday afternoon I noticed a small spiral of smoke over near my friend, Michelle's house, to the right of the photo. By the time we got home the smoke was bigger and spreading. The next few hours and into the night the whole town of Daylesford and surrounding towns monitored it's progress. It was very stressful as we worried about friends nearer the fire and took care of some young teenagers who were stranded. We watched from Wombat Hill as the fires burned close by. We also watched as some of our neighbours packed and left.

Around midnight I went to the townhall to take bedding and to find out if there was any more information. It was a very draining night and Mark & I didn't get much sleep. For the kids it must have been hard too. After seeing footage of the recent fires on Black Saturday and hearing stories of loss it was hard for everyone yesterday. Thank god everyone was safe.

Out the front of our house.

This is the reality of living in the country I guess...it's something I haven't ever experienced and it was pretty overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch, thankyou for caring.

We are lucky that it wasn't worse and if anything I feel even more for the people who suffered in Black Saturday.

Today we are tired and I'm not really thinking too clearly. We are worried about Friday when it will be hot and windy. Lets hope the fires will be out by then. Better go now, need sleep! x


Flossie and Tom said...

That must have been so stressful for you - I will pray that they will go out and all will be well.

Stay Safe


PaisleyJade said...

Wow - what an experience. Keeping you all in our prayers. xK

Kitschen Pink said...

Heard about this on The Lark. Thinking of you and yours - keep safe. t.xx

Jemm said...

Stay safe. I'll be thinking of you. Please update us when you can. So scary.

Doily said...

Thanks for your calm in the face of the storm, Im so proud of our community!

Bernadette said...

I am heading off to a friends for a day or two as Gordon is a wildfire area and with the winds predicted it will blow down this way. Stay safe.

a mermaids purse said...

i have to say your blog is sooo lovely!! i kept reading and looking at the lovely images...im glad i came across it ;0)
i am so sad at the bush fires, it must have been such an awful scarey rollercoaster of events!!
it was broadcast on british t.v and i watched with tears.
take care x kazzy x

Autumn Rose Crafts said...

God bless you all, keeping you in my prayers Sarah x