Rural Fire Service says

Well that is not going to help our Tuesday relaxation Therapy session with flames burning all around us.

My hose is ready and working. I will sweep up the highly inflammable eucalyptus leaves that keep blowing over from the huge gum tree. It is due for removal since it has reached the end of its life so I hope it goes before it burns down, taking us with it.

I have my bottled water, my meds, my overnight bag. Better add my passport to it. My clothing is not very safe. My preferred breathable Cotton burns easily, nylon melts on to your skin. A wool blanket to hide under is the best thing but I dont have one. Bad move.

We are supposed to gather up at the hall in case of emergency. We still havent had our fire drill.

At our speed most will be choked or smoked to death on the path up there. I doubt many will bother leaving their homes! Last time nearly all just slept through everything.

Already the smoke from other areas is aggravating our breathing but that always happens.

Like California we get hot dry conditions and bushfires. It comes with the territory, with sunshine and sand.

It is only a couple of months since the last fire came within 2km of my home, and at night it was very scary.

I have just spent the last few days spring cleaning and getting things moved around ready for delivery of my bed next Friday. I shall be very cross if my home burns down in the meantime but at least I can start again with my insurance and my new bed.

“She’ll be right, mate”.

Published by Eunice C English

FormerFreelance journalist. Poet, writer, artist, photographer. Retired and coping with Parkinson's Plus, macular degeneration and other boring stuff but life is still interesting, if a bit of a challenge!

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