It's Hot…Again

It's 10.54am as I type these first words. It's already passed 38 degrees on a day forecast to reach about 45 degrees in our town. (Celcius!) That would be 113 degrees Fahrenheit for those who are not au fait with degrees C. Our local fire danger is listed as 'Severe' while further south, areas are … Continue reading It's Hot…Again

When a Volunteer Dies

This morning, we in Australia woke up to the news that two firefighters have died. Their truck was hit by a falling tree and rolled, injuring three others. You can read the whole story here. They were volunteers, members of the Horsely Park rural fire services brigade. I'm deeply saddened by this. Our fire emergency … Continue reading When a Volunteer Dies

One Day Closer to Rain

There's a page on Facebook called One Day Closer to Rain (Drought). Or there was. I'd link to it, but today it was taken down by Facebook. It's a support page, for people struggling with the drought here in Australia, and it's a place for people who aren't from rural areas to be able to … Continue reading One Day Closer to Rain

A Time To Reflect

It's ANZAC Day in Australia. This year, we have two family members in the ADF. (Australian Defence Force). One will be marching for the first time. Our family has a history of service, with my father serving in the RAAF, along with several uncles, and another who was in the army, along with a grandfather … Continue reading A Time To Reflect

Don’t Live in Fear

On Friday night, we were waiting for our Uber, when we noticed the police helicopter circling above the centre of Melbourne, only two hundred or so metres away. The television in the hotel lobby showed aerial shots of a crashed car, multiple police vehicles, and patches of blood on the ground. Clearly something dreadful had … Continue reading Don’t Live in Fear

A Message to Scott Morrison

This week, Médecins Sans Frontiers, or Doctors Without Borders, was ordered to remove their mental health team from Nauru, where about 800 refugees, including 90 or so children, are being kept in offshore detention, at the behest of the Australian Government. There have been repeated, independent reports of the appalling conditions that these, already traumatised, … Continue reading A Message to Scott Morrison

Drought and Spiders

Yesterday morning I got up and went outside to check the rain gauge. We'd had some rain forecast, and there had been a light sprinkle when we went to bed. It's been dry - really dry here. Total rain for 2018 - 120.8mm, compared to an average at this time of year of 395.6mm. Even … Continue reading Drought and Spiders