It's late, and I'm tired…. but I've just been reflecting on the day.
The weather was warm, the breeze light and it was one of those days you don't want to end because it was so perfect.
Daughter, Rachael and her friend became official "sewers" today as I waked them through the making of a small dress for their 2 year old daughters.
They were really chuffed with the results… so was I….
At about 4.00 pm, the fire siren sounded. It wailed insistently across the valley. As hills residents we realized that there was a fire threat quite close by.
Suddenly the peace was shattered as helicopters and planes shuttled water and foam to the site which was just two kms from us….They soared in a direct route over the house, the helicopters used our local football ground as a base and 100's of residents were evacuated to the safety of open ground.
We were not directed to evacuate, but I made a mental note of where all the things were that needed to go with me…. (of course the quilts go before anything else)
We sat outside on the balcony eating dinner amid the noise and activity. That's the nature of fire and the terrain we live in…. it can be right on your doorstep and you are unaware of the danger.
There was no wind today, so we had confidence that they would contain it quickly.. it's 11.30 and I now feel it's safe to go to bed, but the quilts are close by, just in case. !!!!!