Sunday, February 08, 2009
The day that was..
Yesterday morning as I hung out the clothes on the line and looked up to the blazing sun I knew it was going to be just so ferrocious..but no one knew exactly where fires would crop up around the state. Set to be the hottest day in Melbourne for many years, the winds blowing like crazy and hot as hell like the feel of a fan forced oven. It reminded me of when I was little and Ash Wednesday devistated the area where my nan and pop lived. Luckily their house was ok..they had a plan, they had cleared the land around their place. Yesterday, not even a clearing would help some of the houses where the fire moved like water across vacantr paddocks and consumed houses. I listened to 3AW and a man called through. He lost his house in 6 minutes..he and his wife and child sat under water soaked blankets for an hour..it was all they could do. I just found the most amazing contact site for people who feel they could provide help for those affected...tents, clothes, pillows, blankets, help for wildlife..a room to stay... The outpouring of community spirit is well alive HERE. I called my pop to make sure he is ok, he lives too close to where a fore consumed houses in the suburb of Bendigo. He is ok. A heroic story of an 18 year old young man who saved 8 children under the age of 10, 2 elderly ladies and his own 20 year old sister from a house minutes before it was consumed by fire is HERE. Magical, amazing. There is a Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund to donate to via NAB internet banking. On that link you will see a phone number or the bank account details.