Numb…

February 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm 4 comments

I don’t know where to begin. We are safe. Our family is safe. But so many, so so many, have nothing, and so many people have died. 116 is the current figure, and will rise.

I have no words now. Just pictures. There have been two days of fire – January 30th and February 7th.

January 30 –

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8.30pm

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9.30pm

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2 days later…

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Road blocks everywhere.

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My parents front paddock looking towards the neighbours.

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Looking over the farm…

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The paddock below the house, that was going to hold our alpacas.

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The bush.

February 7th

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Within half an hour of a firebug lighting this fire, it looked like this.

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We had smoke from fires closer to Melbourne coming at us from the other side. We had heavy ash falls later in the day.

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Bushfire sun.

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Smoke from the Bunyip fires.

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An all too familiar sight around here at the moment.

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6.20 pm

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Fires in the hills, taken from the end of our street. We used to live at that clear patch right in the middle.

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From the front of my husbands work. He has been sent home for the day as it is still too close and dangerous there.

The threat has eased but it is still a going event. Please keep all Victorians in your thoughts.

Karen

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shelleyrae  |  February 10, 2009 at 11:27 am

    So glad you are safe!

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  • 2. Sharon  |  February 10, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Thank goodness you and your family are ok. I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for you and more for those who lost so much. I live in Brisbane and am damned glad I live here at the moment. I hope you all stay safe.

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  • 3. mikelinz  |  February 12, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Karen
    I dont know you, but I live up the road in Pakenham. Just out of bush fire range.. for now. I saw your name on a digiscrap forum and came to look at your blog. Your photos are powerful, perhaps more so because they are from your own experience. We have lived here for 3 years and initially we were keen to live out of town in the bush, but i kept hearing about bush fires and it just scared me enough to build close in. I am still not certain that the fires wont come our way, and that is frightening enough, I can only guess at the emotions you have been through.
    If you need anything… supplies, accommodation, our caravan, not flash but ok, .. anything at all. Please dont hesitate to let me know.

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  • 4. Amandac  |  February 12, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Just popping in to make sure you and your family are ok Karen, I’m so glad to hear you are all safe. The loss of life and property is mind numbingly awful, your photos really bring it home. Take care and stay safe.

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