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18 January 2020 / leggypeggy

Three things have lifted my heart today

Artwork for Pooh Corner

Pooh Corner thank you to firefighters. Art by Mick Ashley. Link in body of text

If you have been following the news in Australia or virtually anywhere else in the world, you’ll know that much of this country has been on fire. Some of the worst devastation has been in the states of Victoria and New South Wales.

Almost 30 people have died, about 6000 homes and buildings have been lost, more than a billion animals have died and 19 million hectares (46 million acres) of land have been burnt. Here’s a rundown of the unbelievable devastation.

So what’s to smile about? It’s a combination of things.

First, today is the 17th anniversary of the horrific bushfires that swept through Canberra. Four lives and about 500 homes were lost back then. That’s reason for immense sadness, but today no fires are burning in the Australian Capital Territory. They are nearby, but not upon us. Our firefighters have worked hard to be better prepared.

Second, today (18 January) is National Winnie the Pooh Day and our own Pooh Bear’s Corner has survived, which leads me straight to the third item.

Third, today is when I saw a delightful artwork that thanks our many firefighters for saving Pooh Bear’s Corner, a small cave on the Kings Highway, which is the way from Canberra to Australia’s South Coast.

We’ve driven past Pooh Bear’s Corner regularly for almost 40 years. But we haven’t been by lately. Because of fires, the road has been closed for more than a month, and reopened earlier this week. Luckily the firefighters have been on duty and Pooh Bear’s Corner has been spared.

As an amazing thank you to the firefighters, Canberra artist, Mick Ashley, created a gorgeous artwork that is available for sale (see above). I think this work is amazing and so poignant. You can order here if you’d like to buy one. All proceeds go to fire relief.

A bit about Pooh Bear’s Corner
More than 40 years ago, David and Barbara Carter from Crookwell created Pooh Bear’s Corner in an effort to distract their children’s pleas of ‘are we there yet’.

Each time they passed, they put signs at Pooh’s Corner and hoped they wouldn’t get in trouble. Then they noticed other people were leaving teddy bears or honey or just a little message for Pooh.

This has gone on for years. We’ve often stopped to say hello to the many Pooh stuffed animals.

I don’t have any current pics of Pooh Bear’s Corner, but I know it has survived. In the meantime enjoy Mick Ashley’s stunning artwork.

P.S. I just found a pic of Pooh Corner that I took three years ago.

Pooh Corner, Australia, Clyde Mountain

Some of the residents at Pooh Corner, 26 January 2017

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  1. IreneDesign2011 / Jan 18 2020 10:30 pm

    I was a bit released, when I read, that Australia got help by rain to close the fires, Peggy. I know, it can’t help all of the fires, but at least it must give some release to the hard working fire workers.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 10:18 am

      Yes, the rain is helping in some places. We didn’t get much, but rain is predicted for Monday and Tuesday.

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  2. Derrick / Jan 18 2020 10:50 pm

    It has been really hard here in the U.K. to get information about the fires in Oz, just what they put on the news, a few minutes clip

    FB has been good for information though, I don’t have that many friends out there, but those that are friends, not just FB friends , I do worry about them,

    I can say the lives lost have been very few, considering how big these fires are, but the cost in animals has been horrendous, Oz has some unique animals with very specific diets and a lot of that has been destroyed

    On YouTube, people post videos of koalas begging for water, koalas never approach people, so things must be awful for them

    There has been talk of arson, this I can’t believe, even the daftest arsonist wouldn’t/couldn’t make fires like this

    Okay you may think, why worry about someone that is halfway around the world, well these are friends of mine, I’ve shared meals with them, we have cooked for each other, they have welcomed me into their homes, these are real people with the same worries I have,

    It will probably be years before we meet up again, so I still think of them, keeping in contact with them (FB has been very good for this)

    I check the weather every day over there, then wish I could send them the rain we have had

    I know that Aussies will bounce back from this, they just need the right leaders

    Okay I don’t have a lot of wedge, but I have donated to several operations out there, not just for animals, but to relief funds out there,

    If I was 10 years younger, I would be on a plane and be volunteering out there, there would be something I could do, but all I can do is wish my friends well and hope they stay safe

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:01 am

      Aw Derrick, I know you have a soft spot for Australia and really appreciate your good thoughts. The loss of so much wildlife is truly heartbreaking. Our poor leadership is just as heartbreaking. Luckily arson has not been the cause of most fires. Trolls and climate deniers spread that news.

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      • Derrick / Jan 19 2020 8:30 pm

        Of course I have a soft spot for Oz, it gave me the best road trip ever, I got to see a lot more than I did on my first trip out there, I met up with people I had met on other trips, they (you know who I mean) welcomed me with open arms, they gave me a bed, you all fed me, you all took me out and showed me you homes, where you live

        I showed my wife the places I just had a glimpse of (first time round)

        I was under the assumption that Australia never had campsites, but it has some of the best in the world the world, I thought it was all desert, it has a tropical forest, a ski resort, it has some of the most unique wildlife in the world

        Aussies have the greatest sense of humour (only beaten by the Brits)

        Where in the world can you get fresh sea food in a town miles away from the sea ?

        Trucks, some of the longest road trains ever

        But to see all this devastated by bush fires is really terrible, places I had visited reduced to ashes, animals killed

        Of course I have a soft spot for Australia 😄

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      • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 8:38 pm

        I think we need to hire you for an it’s-okay-to-come-visit-Australia-now campaign.

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      • Derrick / Jan 19 2020 8:43 pm

        I still tell all my mates it’s a great place to visit, just get a camper and go, don’t worry about direction, there will be some place that blows you away, there will always be someone to talk to, okay the internet is pretty rubbish, so put your phone down and look around you

        Yup I’d be happy to tell everyone (I may not be as pretty as Kylie, but I can tell anyone to visit Oz)

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      • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 8:54 pm

        Oh Derrick, your sincerity and enthusiasm shine through.

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  3. The Whitechapel Whelk / Jan 18 2020 10:56 pm

    I can’t believe you didn’t mention our latest scoop. If the slaying of 15 wedding guests by a deranged bride isn’t heart-lifting then I’m afraid I don’t know what is!
    Why I outta…

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:01 am

      I decided to mention only three. That would have been the fourth.

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      • The Whitechapel Whelk / Jan 19 2020 3:38 pm

        Is the CORRECT answer!

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  4. fragglerocking / Jan 18 2020 11:04 pm

    Glad you are safe and well.

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  5. beetleypete / Jan 18 2020 11:04 pm

    It is very nice to be able to find something positive during all the devastation and heartbreak Australia is suffering, Peggy. I don’t know anyone here who isn’t talking about this terrible catastrophe. The images shown on the news here are something we could never imagine in Britain.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:03 am

      Thanks Pete. I hope our fires are a wake-up call for the rest of the world.

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  6. ralietravels / Jan 18 2020 11:26 pm

    Each evening before retiring, I try to think of three things that I am particularly grateful for that day. So your title caught my eye.
    I am glad rains are providing some relief. The scars on the landscape will remain for years, but the scars on the people will remain forever. We had friends lose their homes to the 2018 Camp fires in California. Recovery takes a long time, so I hope they Australian victims will remain in everyone’s mind long after the news media has moved on to other subjects.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:05 am

      Landscape recovery will take decades and you are right about the mental scars lasting forever. We’ve been able to open our coast home to someone who lost everything.

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  7. gigglingfattie / Jan 18 2020 11:47 pm

    Wow that idea of the Pooh bear’s corner is adorable! Anything to distract children on a long journey! Hehe

    I am so happy that it was able to be saved!! Prayers for rain are still with you! And hopefully there will be an end to all the fires soon!

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  8. Eliza Ayres / Jan 18 2020 11:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  9. derrickjknight / Jan 19 2020 12:25 am

    That Pooh Bears Corner tribute should be a permanent feature

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:26 am

      I think Pooh Corner will always be there. It was vandalised a few years back and people had it sorted out in no time.

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  10. Bruce & Rosemary Morris / Jan 19 2020 12:44 am

    Hi Peggy It’s me bruce from the Gym I did the Pooh Bear paintings for 40 years For Pooh Bears corner Most lasted 48 hours ! So many people have my paintings My last ones were done 3 months ago on the way to Ulladulla They were still there on the way home 3 days later At present in St Petersburg get home Thursday Cheers Bruce

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:55 am

      Oh Bruce, it’s wonderful to hear from you. I look forward to seeing your next Pooh Corner painting. Enjoy St Petersburg. Amazing city.

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  11. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Jan 19 2020 2:54 am

    Your post is indeed uplifting and the artwork so touching. 🙂

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  12. afterthelasttime / Jan 19 2020 3:12 am

    Nice story & Art!

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  13. Alison and Don / Jan 19 2020 3:46 am

    I can’t tell you how beyond thrilled I am to hear Pooh Bear’s Corner survived. Goosebumps. And somehow so sweetly symbolic.
    Sadly, despite the money pouring in (from just about *everywhere* but the govt) I’m hearing that the people worst affected in the fires still do not even have the basics to proceed 😦
    And now that the worst of it – fingers crossed – seems to be over it is such a relief for me to hear Canberra was spared. I’ve been worried all along about that.
    Alison

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:28 am

      We’re good for now. I found a pic of Pooh Corner that I took in 2017. I added it above.

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  14. Gail’s Snapshotsincursive / Jan 19 2020 5:57 am

    Striking artwork! 👁👁🍃

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  15. GP Cox / Jan 19 2020 6:22 am

    My better half and I have been following the news of Australia and our hearts go out to all of you. I was happy to see American firefighters have joined in the battle. Has the weather changed at all for the better?

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:30 am

      The temperatures are much cooler and there’s been quite a bit of rain in Queensland and northern New South Wales. The fires down our way are still smouldering and some remain uncontained. A long fire season ahead.

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      • GP Cox / Jan 19 2020 10:25 pm

        I wish I had the words….. my heart goes out to you and your country.

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      • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:52 pm

        Thanks.

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  16. Thanks for your post. Sending tons of karma.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 11:30 am

      Thanks so much. We’ll take as much karma as we can get.

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  17. Curt Mekemson / Jan 19 2020 10:21 am

    We’ve thought about our Australian blogging friends several times over the past weeks, Peggy. So tragic, to both the people and the wildlife. We’ve had our share in the western US over the past three years. We were required to evacuate once and I dodged forest fires up and down California and Oregon on my Pacific Coast Trail backpack trip. Still, they have been nothing like Australia has faced.

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  18. Gilda Baxter / Jan 19 2020 11:52 am

    Peggy, these are all excellent reasons to smile and feel lifted. I love Winnie the Pooh, I will have to visit Pooh’s corner one day.

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  19. gerard oosterman / Jan 19 2020 12:25 pm

    I can tell you that those dreadful fires have been big news in Holland and Finland as well. Many friends from those regions FBooked me to find out if I was safe as they knew the Southern highlands, where I live, had some of the biggest fires. As for arsonists, that was a sad beat-up by this government trying to get mileage out of their insipid and stupid denials of climate change.

    Look forward to more pictures too, Peggy

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 1:20 pm

      Thanks Gerard. Like you, I have been contacted by people from all over who are asking if we are okay.

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  20. thewonderer86 / Jan 19 2020 3:16 pm

    What is happening in Australia is heart-breaking. The artwork bought a lump to my throat.

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  21. Endless Weekend / Jan 19 2020 6:40 pm

    I love how you manage to find the good and the bright in the midst of so much sadness and devastation, and to introduce me to the wondrous idea of the Pooh corner (I never heard of it before 🙂 )! It reminds me of Winnie the Pooh’s “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”

    Thank you for warming up the heart!

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 6:50 pm

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. It’s given me a big smile and filled my heart.

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  22. Emma Cownie / Jan 19 2020 9:30 pm

    I love the Pooh corner photos & story. When we were in Killybegs in Donegal,Ireland, we noticed lots of stuffed toys hung up on fences and lamp posts around the town. I baffled me but my husband said it was a way of showing support for the local Gaelic football (GAA) team. So so sorry about the disaster that has unfolded in Australia in recent times.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 19 2020 9:47 pm

      I’m keen to get down to the coast and check on Pooh Corner as I go by. Stay tuned for photos.

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      • Emma Cownie / Jan 20 2020 8:19 pm

        I didn’t realise that it was Pooh day the other day too!

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      • leggypeggy / Jan 20 2020 10:38 pm

        I didn’t know either until another blogger told me. What am amazing community.

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  23. Doug Thomas / Jan 20 2020 4:31 am

    The loss of life has been particularly heart breaking. Best wishes for an end of this tragic time.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 20 2020 6:47 am

      Thanks Doug. They keep teasing us with forecasts for rain, but almost none comes. Maybe today. They say up to an inch. We’ll see.

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  24. Sy S. / Jan 20 2020 6:53 am

    Hello:

    Difficult in reading these blog posts and all the unimaginable destruction of buildings/homes, people losing their lives and animals that died. Plus all the land burnt… As mentioned, we learn about all this on TV and only three minute segments, for the most part. And good that some articles are written in depth, like in the NY Times. I was surprised to read that Oz got some RAIN, not a lot but still RAIN, to put a damper on some burning areas and slow fires down. Plus some cooler weather in the next week or so!

    Further, that your home in N. Rosedale was still standing (one of only 14 with 80 lost).. and wonderful that you offered your home to a family that lost theirs. How very special that you and Poor John can do this! You both deserve to wear bright colored feathered hats, to let people know you are head and shoulders above many… for being so considerate and helping others in need.

    Furthermore, Pooh Corner is interesting and special for all the children (and adults) that have the opportunity to see this area… LOVE THE POOH ARTWORK.

    In closing I don’t know what to say, that others have already said.. But I hope the bad fire situation in Oz “does not flare up again” and more rain will come for the balance of the summer season.

    Stay Safe,

    Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 20 2020 10:07 am

      Thanks Sy for your heartfelt comment. I’m glad you love the Pooh artwork. I do too and was pleased that Mick said I was welcome to use it. We’ve had some rain near us. It’s helped a bit, but also made the ground slippery which makes it hard for the firefighters. Parts of the country have had terrible storms. More rain is forecast, but who knows how it will all play out.
      And just so you know, our house is in South Rosedale, which lost about 15 houses. We were so much luckier than North Rosedale.

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  25. Sy S. / Jan 21 2020 9:27 am

    On the Internet TV news station, your area (Canberra) was now bombarded with huge hail balls… dangerous! Just unbelievable ! OK for helping toward putting out fires. And as the segment said, severe weather and the fire season is far from over.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 21 2020 4:28 pm

      Yes, we had a terrible hail storm. Lots of cars with smashed windscreens and dented bodies. The canopies over our front and back porches were hit. Plenty of holes in them. Apparently by noon today there were already 11,000 insurance claims filed.

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  26. Zambian Lady / Jan 22 2020 10:19 am

    From fires to hail storms, but thankfully there are ‘small’ things that make them a little more bearable like Winnie the Pooh. Praying/hoping for quieter days to come in Australia.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 22 2020 2:26 pm

      Thanks so much. We have a long fire season ahead and can only hope it stays calm.

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  27. Sy S. / Jan 23 2020 12:20 pm

    Aside- Donations for Australia and wildfires (Stuffed toy like Koala Bears).
    >>Don’t be surprised if you see a koala hanging off a lamp post in Manhattan this week.

    Thanks to Koalas of New York, a group dedicated towards raising funds for habitats and species affected by wild Australian wildfires, the furry friends can now be found all around the city.

    From hanging around Central Park, gripping onto the Brooklyn Bridge and even lounging around Rockefeller Center, koalas have been snapped hanging out all around the city.<<

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  28. Miriam / Jan 23 2020 8:34 pm

    It’s so good to find things to smile about Peggy. So much loss, sadness and devastation but amongst it all lots of heartwarming stories. This is lovely art and I’m glad it survived.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 23 2020 9:16 pm

      Such a long fire season ahead. Two fires near Canberra today, many more in New South Wales and an air tanker crashed in the Snowy Mountains.

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  29. CarolCooks2 / Jan 24 2020 10:53 pm

    What a lovely piece of artwork and it is lovely to hear Pooh Corner survived… Sometimes in the midst of such an enormous disaster you need some respite… I am pleased to hear no fires are burning near you.. My daughter and her sons have been among the lucky ones who haven’t been affected… The ones who have are still in our prayers… X

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 25 2020 2:11 pm

      Thanks Carol. We did have fires burning near us on Wednesday and Thursday. A very long fire season ahead.

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      • CarolCooks2 / Jan 25 2020 2:55 pm

        It must be very worrying and scary, Peggy… lets pray that the fire season is one without too much loss…

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  30. psychologistmimi / Jan 25 2020 10:16 am

    I love that pooh bear corner. My son loved Australia – the march of the penguins in particular- and he would love to see that corner as well. Thanks for sharing it with those of us do far away.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 25 2020 2:11 pm

      Thanks. We hope to drive to the coast next week and I’ll be sure to take some pics of Pooh Corner.

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  31. chattykerry / Jan 26 2020 4:25 am

    It is so good to hear some heartwarming news. The cartoon has such a lovely sentiment. Enjoy your trip to the coast.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 26 2020 8:03 am

      The cartoon is getting lots of exposure. It was featured in yesterday’s local newspaper.

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  32. jeanleesworld / Jan 26 2020 11:24 pm

    Hooray for good news! Praying fires can be contained, controlled, and snuffed. xxxxx

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  33. Forestwood / Jan 28 2020 10:20 pm

    I was an avid fan of A A Milne as a child. I almost knew the text by rote as I read it over and over. Dam those fires. Where are those aircraft water bombers?

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 28 2020 10:52 pm

      Tonight we have fires around Canberra and there are water bombers about. Let’s hope they make a difference.

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      • Forestwood / Jan 28 2020 11:15 pm

        God – it never ends … Crossing my fingers for you, Peggy. It has been a hell of a summer for you.

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      • leggypeggy / Jan 29 2020 12:16 pm

        You said it—a hell of a summer.

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  34. Sy S. / Jan 29 2020 1:08 am

    Fires, fires go away… Rain come again “The Sooner The Better!”

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 29 2020 12:13 pm

      Thanks Sy. We are desperate for rain, but northern Queensland has had buckets.

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  35. renxkyoko / Jan 30 2020 4:00 am

    News like this is very depressing.

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 30 2020 7:16 pm

      We are at the coast now and it’s so sad to see the devastation.

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  36. barkinginthedark / Jan 31 2020 3:38 pm

    So much to write about off of this post Peggy. First I trust you and Poor John are safe and will continue to be so. All my friends in Sydney proper are safe as well as those in Bundeena. From what I have heard it appears there are still a lot of bush fires in and around Sydney and I do hope all of you will be alright and maybe we’ll all wise up and vote out these conservative assholes all over the world who think climate change is some kind of a hoax,
    So…all the Pooh references take me back to when i was a younger man in my 20’s and my close friends and I would sit around in my friend Paul’s apartment, (he was Owl -or Wol) light up, listen to Brubeck or The Band, and eventually read aloud from Winnie-the-Pooh, or The House at Pooh Corner or Return to the Hundred Acre Wood…Each of us had our same assigned role according to the characteristics we possessed which were like Milne’s characters. My gloomy friend Michael was of course Eeyore, my very motherly friend Annie was Kanga, Linda was Roo, my diminutive friend Ilona was Small, our most unbridled friend Eric was Tigger,,,and I, a songwriter, was of course christened Pooh. We really played it straight and as a result we laughed like idiots…and got a good philosophy lesson as well. Thanks for reminding me of those wonderful times. Please stay safe and keep sending. continue…

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    • leggypeggy / Jan 31 2020 5:16 pm

      Oh my goodness, thank you for sharing your memories. Your description took me there. We drove past Pooh Corner on Wednesday. Reassuring to see it okay. But the coast looks horrific. Today and tomorrow are big risk days in Canberra and at the South Coast. Have done lots of clearing around our house today and staying alert. Still have to get through February. Appreciate your good wishes. Hanging out to hear how the Iowa primary goes.

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  37. barkinginthedark / Jan 31 2020 6:45 pm

    stay safe. continue…

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  38. Francisco Bravo Cabrera / Jan 31 2020 9:27 pm

    It is always heartwarming to hear good news, or of something one can smile about…it has been, after all, a terrible tragedy for Australia and all around the world we have been very sad seeing the devastation. Lovely post and thank you for such a nice piece.
    My greetings and all the best for a wonderful weekend!
    Francisc

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  39. America On Coffee / Feb 1 2020 4:47 pm

    Love is for lifting and God is right in time even at the worst!❤️

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  40. J.D. Riso / Feb 3 2020 7:59 am

    A bit of sunshine amid the loss. What a sweet little corner it is.

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  41. maylynno / Feb 5 2020 4:19 am

    Those fires showed us how abusive we have become of the planet and so shame on the whole world!
    And the picture of Pooh is adorable

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 5 2020 7:57 am

      You’re right. We are doing terrible things to our planet. I’ll be posting soon about how some of our South Coast looks now.

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  42. Alexander Lautsyus / Feb 11 2020 2:36 am

    Unfortunately, this horrible fire happened and we can not do anything with that. It is heartbreaking event. I am really sorry Australians had so many losses. But you Guys have to be proud of what your people did to fight that monster. God bless you!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 11 2020 7:54 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words of support. We have had rain these last few days and it has put out many of the fires. Now we have some floods!

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  43. Eddy Winko / Apr 28 2020 4:32 pm

    Good to hear the fires are out and that Poo survived 🙂

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  44. Kally / May 1 2020 2:09 am

    I love this! So powerful and inspiring… Thanks for sharing!

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