There is so much smoke and pollution thickly in the air, that according to BOM – the Bureau of Meteorology, it is showing on the Radar as cloud, but no rain in sight, unfortunately.
Even my son, wo is pretty practical, remarked on how eery it was to look outside the store and see the usually bright sunlight so dull: light now orange, then gray, even brown. What is unnerving is that what is affecting us here is the sign that, though we at the moment are watchful, not so far in every direction firefighters – many of them volunteers, are fighting valiantly to keep the many raging fires under control.
My friend in Medowie, an area of the Hunter Region prone to bushfires, has a bedbound husband and spent last weekend watching so many helicopters and water-bombing planes going over to fight the latest fires, she said it was like World War Three. She is normally such a complacent person.
So here we are, im the midst of bushland with our bushfire emergency bag packed in the wardrobe and fingers crossed. Last time was too close for comfort, but did burn off a wide area. But no rain and it has been very hot for days.
In the meantime life goes on, and definitely no White Chrismas for us, yet in the midst of this it has snowed in other parts of higher New South Wales!
Lastly, our New Year’s Eve annual fireworks display at the Lake has been cancelled, due to the Extreme Fire Danger, so like the rest of the world we will be watching the display on TV from Sydney, in air-conditioned comfort.