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5 February 2020 / leggypeggy

Bushfires and the heartbreak of Australia’s new landscapes

 

Rosedale Beach, NSW, Australia

The long Rosedale Beach after the fires. It looks green enough, but only 14 houses still stand.

Pooh Corner, NSW, Australia

Amazing that the firefighters managed to save Pooh Corner.

We just spent six days at Rosedale. In case you didn’t know, the small hamlet of North Rosedale, New South Wales, was almost wiped out by bushfires on New Years Eve 2019.

The road into North Rosedale will be closed for some time and we were not allowed to walk there because trees may fall and there’s lots of asbestos dust around. Reports say 14 houses still stand out of maybe 70? I took the top photo on Monday. It shows the long Rosedale Beach where people sheltered during the fire (see the video at the bottom).

South Rosedale (which is just called Rosedale) fared better. We lost between 15–18 houses out of 70, with many more being damaged. (Note to self: check a map and figure out how many houses are in both.)

Rosedale footbridge, NSW Australia

No idea when the footbridge will be restored

North Rosedale and Rosedale are (well, used to be) connected by a timber foot bridge and the main highway (no internal connecting roads because of the creek that runs between the two).

We were in Taiwan when the fires were approaching, but our friend Chloe was at our coast house with her dog and ours. Thank goodness, Chloe was super organised. On the 30th, she packed her car and filled it with fuel. She put both dogs on leads and left them like that. For hours, we were texting back and forth. I asked her to ‘rescue’ a few precious items from the house.

Burnt tree

A tree on the edge of the beach

Burnt car

This car was about 30 metres from the beach

Of course, there was a big chance that Chloe would hit fire fronts or blocked roads. and have to sit it out in an evacuation centre. So I urged her to take plenty of water, fire blankets, lots of gear for the dogs and tinned food. Oh and be sure to take the WINE.

Chloe set her alarm for 5:30am on the 31st, but said she would move as soon as she woke up. That must have been about 4:30, because I got a message from her at 4:45am and was on the road by 5. Later I was to learn that she had whipped around with the vacuum cleaner before she drove away. Geez!

Turns out she had a good run, driving north through Kangaroo Valley and then on to Canberra. I won’t add a map here, but it was a detour that meant a trip that normally took two hours took almost five. A couple of hours later, Kangaroo Valley was on fire and many of the roads she travelled were closed because of fires.

Burnt hill

A burnt hill on the edge of the beach. Even the life preserver was burnt.

Scorched life preserver

Scorched life preserver

Now for the heroics
There is no way I can adequately describe the heroics and strokes of luck that meant our house and many others in Rosedale are still standing. The fires hit mid-morning on New Year’s Eve. 

Obviously we weren’t here and didn’t live through it, but here is some of what I think happened. Some information conflicts. So forgive me if I misstate anything.

For example, I originally thought the fires started in North Rosedale and then came at Rosedale, but yesterday I learned it may have been the other way around. The blaze was heading up our street and then the wind changed, driving the fire back on itself and towards North Rosedale.

Our Rosedale heroes have been Mick, David, Richard and Sue. These are people who stayed to fight (some had to evacuate along the way). They worked hard to put out spot fires. Richard lost his outbuildings and backyard.

Spot fires can last for ages, Sue told me that three air tankers and Elvis (a super firefighting helicopter) continued to drop water on Rosedale for three days after the main fire to minimise the chance of flare ups. I’m pretty sure Elvis dropped a few loads on our house because the roof is amazingly clean.

The most extraordinary thing is that once you climb the hill on Tranquil Bay (our street), you’d think nothing had ever happened. Oh, except that the little garden in the small circle near our driveway was burnt. Talk about a close call.

Cooks Crescent, Rosedale NSW

Several houses burnt on this headland, which is about 300 metres from our house

Burnt house

One of the houses lost in the headland photo above

Rosedale notice board

Rosedale notice board

The community
The fires have certainly brought our community together. If you search for Rosedale on Twitter, you’ll get us and a suburb in Vancouver. But if you come to our Rosedale, you’ll find that two streets—where about six houses were lost and more damaged—got together for a meet and greet. It was supposed to last for two hours, but went for five.

Sue has a pond and the wildlife has been quick to find sources of food and water. Shes heard five different frog calls and seen plenty of birds and wallabies visit. We started putting out seed and had as many as 12 birds on the deck at once, including eight king parrots. See some of our visitors above.

Also, there was a Go Fund Me campaign to purchased mobile water tanks for Rosedale. It raised $25,000 in a few days and we now have four units.

Kings Highway, NSW, Australia

Kings Highway, NSW, Australia

Kings Highway, NSW, Australia

Driving back to Canberra—our burnt landscape

The drive back to Canberra
We drove back to Canberra yesterday. It’s 154 kilometres. Most of the first 70 kilometres is heavily treed and almost all of it (both sides of the road) has been burnt. Pooh’s Corner was a pleasant exception. 

Some bushfire facts
Bushfires have been raging across Australia since July. Contrary to the fake news that has been spreading globally, the fires are not the work of arsonists. Less than 1 per cent of the land loss is attributed to arson. Horribly dry landscapes (drought) and dry lightning strikes are the main cause. Tonight there are fierce fires burning south of Canberra. There’s a long fire season ahead. So far we’ve lost 33 people, 3000 homes, 12 million hectares of bushland (or the land area of England) and more than a billion creatures.

Tranquil Bay Place, Rosedale, NSW

Our end of the street was saved, but there’s a long fire season ahead

As an aside
Our end of the street was virtually untouched by fire. Our house is perfect to share and (through Mick) we offered it to someone who had lost theirs. Paul and his dog have moved in downstairs and can stay for as long as they need. His wife and daughter (who have been in Sydney) have been here too.

The photos
It’s impossible to adequately explain the look of the landscape. I took all these photos during our stay. Captions tell more of the story. The video below was taken by the Kelly family (Bethany, Patrick and Madeleine). It was featured in the Guardian newspaper and on Monday’s bushfire special episode of Q and A. It shows people sheltering on the long Rosedale Beach and watching as the community burns.

P.S. For now I’m returning to travel pieces, but I’ll keep you posted on Rosedale’s progress. And if you’re hungry, please check out my cooking blog.

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  1. ralietravels / Feb 5 2020 11:51 pm

    Here is where we wish, like Facebook, WordPress had a button other than “like.” A natural disaster like a fire is such a test for all concerned – and concerns us all.

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  2. Eliza Ayres / Feb 5 2020 11:55 pm

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal.

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  3. Derrick / Feb 5 2020 11:59 pm

    I was trying to follow everything that was happening in Rosedale, google wasn’t very helpful, tied various search engines

    I did find a lot of info on an Aussie website,

    It was a close call for Rosedale, I saw a couple of videos of firemen fighting the fires and the chopper dropping vast amounts of water, I didn’t know they were dropping water after the main fires were out (maybe they thought you place just needed a wash and spruce up)

    But the fire season is still out there and I hope you don’t get any more fires like that any more, glad to hear the dogs came through it okay

    I’m really glad to hear your place is okay though

    Derrick/anne

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 12:09 am

      Thanks Derrick. We can’t believe it’s still standing. They kept dropping water because so many trees were still smouldering and because the terrain is so steep.

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      • Derrick / Feb 6 2020 12:17 am

        I saw that, firemen fighting just trying to drag hoses up there, those blokes must be fit, the heat, the fires and wearing that kit as well

        I was glad of FB to keep in touch 👍

        But I’m glad for those people who’se homes never got touched and really sorry for those that lost everything, but I have seen photos of where nature is coming back with a few green shoots

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 6:59 am

        We plan to return in a fortnight and I’ll keep people updated on the changes we see.

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      • Derrick / Feb 6 2020 7:03 am

        Well, you might have a bit of dusting to do, probably have to scoot round with hoover again

        Looking forward to updates and photos

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 7:22 am

        That pesky dust is coming at us from every direction.

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  4. Anna / Feb 6 2020 12:06 am

    Just can’t believe the devastation. So heartbreaking.

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  5. weezaj / Feb 6 2020 12:07 am

    This still breaks my heart …

    Sent from my iPad

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 12:11 am

      Breaks mine too, but at least some of Rosedale survives, and Pooh’s Corner.

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  6. Rashminotes / Feb 6 2020 12:08 am

    So sorry to hear, hope things are better soon…

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 12:11 am

      Thanks. We’re waiting for the fire season to be over.

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  7. CarolCooks2 / Feb 6 2020 12:19 am

    What a disaster it sounds like the residents were ok as someone said everything else is replaceable…Great to hear your fur babies were ok and your house is still standing…I hope you are as lucky throughout the rest of the fire season… Those brave firefighters deserve a medal…Hugs x

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 7:01 am

      Thanks Carol. We’re waiting for this fire season to be over. The scary thing is that the season started in July (our winter).

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      • CarolCooks2 / Feb 6 2020 11:40 am

        I know it does seem many people are at the sharp end of some very scary weather conditions…Stay safe, Peggy 🙂 x

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  8. beetleypete / Feb 6 2020 12:33 am

    I cannot even begin to imagine what this is like, living in a place where we have too much rain, and little chance of ever seeing a fire like this. I did note recently that the situation there seems to have ‘dropped off’ the news here, even at a time when the main fire season is still a threat to Australia.
    Thanks very much for all the news, and your personal experience, Peggy.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 7:03 am

      Thanks Pete. The fires have burnt all over the country. Luckily some of Queensland has received substantial rain. Rain is forecast for us too. Maybe it will take some sting out of the fire season ahead.

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  9. MichaelStephenWills / Feb 6 2020 12:36 am

    beyond words….good you are safe.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 7:04 am

      Thanks. The firefighting crews put saving lives ahead of all other efforts.

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  10. Phil Huston / Feb 6 2020 12:43 am

    While the scope is not the same, I have traveled in California, Yellowstone, New Mexico, after devastating fires. I failed to comment on your Hundred Acre Wood post, as Pooh and crew are close to my heart. The devastation is beyond comprehension. The loss of life of the innocents who share our planet is heartbreaking. The stupidity of the powers that be should be punishable. The heroes who stepped up should be honored.
    I have stood where a fire raged only one year past, on top of a petrified tree as big around as a train car buried by a volcanic firestorm 3.4 million years ago. A consolation that Mother Nature will heal herself in spite of us. In fact, all she’d need to do is sneeze to get rid of us.
    By spring, green will appear in the ashes. The wolves are back in Yellowstone. The kangaroos and koalas will return. Hopefully, a lesson will be learned from this. I’m not going to hold my breath for that one. God help the recovery.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 7:06 am

      Thanks Phil. What a beautiful, heartfelt comment. Green is already starting to appear in parts of burnt Australia. I think Kangaroo Island has been the hardest it. Recovery there may take centuries. And the wolves are back in Yellowstone!

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  11. parneetsachdev / Feb 6 2020 12:52 am

    We pray that Rosedale regains its lost glory.

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  12. lexklein / Feb 6 2020 12:53 am

    So very sorry for all of the people (and animals and land …) of Australia who have suffered or been lost because of these fires. I’m happy for you that your house still stands, and I hope that the fire season ahead is somehow lighter than usual to compensate for such a fierce start.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 7:10 am

      Thanks. Temperatures are a bit cooler, although February is usually our hottest month. Some rain is on the way. We need lots, but everything helps. The fires near Canberra are settling—a bit. We could use a break.

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  13. Gilda Baxter / Feb 6 2020 1:00 am

    Peggy, It is heartbreakingly awful. I am so glad your house in Rosedale is ok, but how sad about the others that are not. No easy solutions for this problem, but truly amazing the bravery of firefighters and volunteers.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 7:11 am

      Yes, there aren’t easy solutions, but it would help if our current government accepted the reality of climate change and introduced sensible policies.

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  14. salsaworldtraveler / Feb 6 2020 1:24 am

    I’m glad your house was spared. So nice of you to offer it to those not as fortunate. The forests will regenerate if we can keep the climate from changing.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 12:48 pm

      We’re very pleased to have Paul staying in the house. He’s keeping an eye on things and feeding the birds.

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  15. Maggie and Richard / Feb 6 2020 4:19 am

    How devastating but at least your friend, dogs and house are safe. Thinking of everyone affected as they rebuild.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 7:19 am

      Thanks. Rebuilding is a long way off, but some of the landscape should start to recover soon. Green sprouts are already appearing.

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  16. Gail’s Snapshotsincursive / Feb 6 2020 5:09 am

    Devastating and sad. 💦

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  17. Alison and Don / Feb 6 2020 5:56 am

    I shouldn’t have watched the video. In tears. Again. I’ve been talking to my sis in Canberra a few times for updates. It got pretty close to Tuggeranong there for a while. So happy for you that your house and dog survived. Chloe sounds like a hero.
    Alison

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 7:21 am

      I should have put a warning on the video, but I thought it was important for people to see just how frightening the fires are. Yes, Tuggeranong was under threat this last week, although those fires seems to be coming ‘under control’. A long fire season ahead. Thinking of your sister.

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      • Alison and Don / Feb 6 2020 9:41 am

        I have one sis in Griffith and another in Narrabundah. Thinking of *all* of you in Canberra, though things aren’t looking quite so dire now.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 12:42 pm

        And rain is predicted for the week ahead. Hoping it doesn’t pass us by.

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  18. Vicki / Feb 6 2020 8:13 am

    So hard to press the LIKE button at this time. But you know it just means we’ve read your post.

    We can only imagine what it must have been like to sit on that beach and watch the fires as they hit the houses. The children (as well as the parents of course) must have been terrified. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had nightmares and PTSD for many months/years.

    Glad that your house was not burned – thank goodness for Chloe’s foresight to get out early with the dogs.

    I can’t help but wonder how many indigenous flora and fauna have been wiped out. The video of all the dead kangaroos lining the roads is the sight that still remains in my mind out of all the videos I have watched.

    People who ignore climate change and its ramifications have got their heads buried in sand as the Australian bushfires (among all the other extreme weather events around the world) are surely a sign of how the environment and weather patterns are changing.

    Apart from sprinkler systems and additional grey water tanks on all new properties built in future, perhaps smoke masks should be a mandatory addition to any household in any outlying suburb and country town.

    My friend’s husband was up in the north of our state fighting bushfires with the CFA for 2 weeks and mentioned to me last week that the firefighters have/had no better smoke masks than ordinary people and I was shocked. Imagine the lung damange.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 12:36 pm

      Thanks Vicki. There’s been a huge outcry here regarding how poorly equipped the firefighters are in New South Wales. Can’t believe our politicians, especially the federal ones, don’t wake up to reality.

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  19. Chris Riley / Feb 6 2020 8:37 am

    So pleased your house survived Peggy, and it sounds like it’s being put to good use. So far in the the south west of WA we’ve remained relatively unscathed by the fires this year – touch wood! It has been a horror season in the east though. Makes me wonder if it’s not already to late to do an about turn and clean up our country with some hard learned lessons. Clearly it’s to late for many…..

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 12:38 pm

      Our current federal government should be ashamed of itself for its long-term inaction. Are they mature or caring enough to learn a lesson and act on it?

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  20. Sy S. / Feb 6 2020 12:00 pm

    Glad you, Poor John, your dog are safe….. very lucky your Rosedale home survived… and Chloe left just in the nick of time. Also, so sad that most of the residents of Rosedale and North Rosedale lost their homes.. but survived/sheltering on the beach. And witnessed all the terrible fires/destruction in front of them across the landscape.

    Kudos to >>Our Rosedale heroes have been Mick, David, Richard and Sue. These are people who stayed to fight<< brave people for them to stay! Fortunate that there were three tankers to help and put a damper/stop the bushfires…. With fires throughout NSW (a huge territory) good that they were there to help in the Rosedale area.

    What was the worst part of this blog was watching the videos of Rosedale BURNING! Scary is an understatement… seeing a house explode and fires across the horizon. And to think about the billions of animals lost … and thankfully I did not see the Kangaroos video destroyed by the fires…. And that also reminds me of the Koala Bears as well.

    Hoping the worst is behind everyone in Australia, this fire season!

    Sy S.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 12:40 pm

      Thanks Sy. We hope the worst is behind us, but who knows. The losses are huge and heartbreaking, whether human, wildlife or structures.

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  21. thewonderer86 / Feb 6 2020 12:09 pm

    Thinking of you and everyone who is effected. So glad that your friend and the dogs were OK. And that community spirit is still so strong. Fingers crossed for the rest of the fire season.

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  22. barkinginthedark / Feb 6 2020 1:14 pm

    Peggy, i do not “like.” I HATE all the politicians who, out of a combination of sheer stupidity and greed, refuse to recognize that the destruction of our environment is the greatest problem mankind faces. continue…

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 3:14 pm

      Our current federal government denies climate change, but public opinion may force them to face reality. Our votes make a difference.

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  23. A Mindful Traveler / Feb 6 2020 7:28 pm

    Hats off to all our firies who have and still are endlessly fighting these devastating blazes. Supporting these communities are crucial.

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  24. Learn Polymer Clay / Feb 6 2020 9:40 pm

    It’s so sad…. I also pressed the like button so that you know that I was reading your post and feeling so sad about all this….

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 6 2020 10:25 pm

      Thanks, I totally understand why people press the like button.

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  25. Curt Mekemson / Feb 7 2020 7:08 am

    We live with the threat constantly during the summer, living in the forest, Peggy. And the stories of fire tragedies fill the news during fire season. Often, like in your case, the fire may take a house next to yours and skip yours entirely. We do what we can to make our property ‘fire-safe,’ but ultimately, you never know. Three years ago we had to evacuate. Fortunately, the fire fighters were able to stop the fire about a half mile away. None of our fires out west here in the US have seemed to match what you have gone through in Australia, though, Peggy. –Curt

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 7 2020 7:48 am

      Fire is a fact of life in Australia, but the stakes this year are the highest ever. Every news report on these fires uses the word ‘unprecedented’. No one has seen anything like it. And our federal government plays silly politics and offers lame policies.

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      • Curt Mekemson / Feb 9 2020 11:59 am

        I’m reminded of Trump saying we needed to rake the forests when he visited the small Northern California town of Paradise where so many lives were lost. But then, he doesn’t believe in global warming, either. There is no corner on the market for dumb politics and policies! –Curt

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 9 2020 12:20 pm

        Sadly, too true.

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  26. Green Global Trek / Feb 7 2020 9:05 pm

    So very sad for all the loss and devastation. Its been heartbreaking following the news. Tragically this is our new global climate reality and we all need to be prepared as best we can. (Fires, floods, drought, water shortages, disease.) So relieved you did not lose your house. Glad you and yours are ok. Thinking of you.

    Peta

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 7 2020 10:05 pm

      Thanks Peta. The devastation is unbelievable. Wish I could have taken more telling photos along the drive up the Clyde Mountain. We have a long fire season ahead, so can’t sit back and be confident.

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  27. shawnthompsonart / Feb 8 2020 2:12 am

    Wow, that landscape really looks devistated!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 8 2020 9:35 am

      Thanks. It’s hard to show just how bad the landscape looks.

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  28. chattykerry / Feb 8 2020 4:51 am

    It is the strangest sensation to smell and see a burned landscape. Terrifying, also, and how marvelous your friend was. I chuckled at her vacuuming but we need order in chaos. So glad that your house survived and that the roof is so clean! My thoughts are with you and your neighbors.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 8 2020 9:35 am

      Thanks Kerry. Now we’re hoping it survives for the rest of the fire season. P.S. I vacuumed and mopped before we left.

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  29. Son of a Sailor / Feb 8 2020 5:46 am

    I read this and am glad you guys are all safe. Just got back to wifi. I went through the Southern California fires and I know things are chaotic and terrifying during a large fire like you guys are having. Our thoughts and prayers are with you guys-

    http://www.LiveFree2SailFast.com

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 8 2020 9:36 am

      Thanks. We’re getting some rain this week and hoping it puts out some of the fires.

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  30. Brenda / Feb 8 2020 9:48 am

    No words really. So much surreal, disturbing political news here in the U.S. and then when I see what’s going on Australia and around the world–sheeesshhh. Descending into a dark age?

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 8 2020 4:20 pm

      Oh geez, your political news might as well be a firestorm.

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  31. kunstkitchen / Feb 8 2020 12:29 pm

    Gosh Peggy, it’s so sad. Glad to hear your house is okay. It’s too much to grasp, but your news makes it real. Take Care. your community sounds strong.

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  32. jeanleesworld / Feb 9 2020 11:41 pm

    Heroics indeed! So thankful you’re safe, that your friends are safe, and that your home is safe. Praying the fire season is calmer than the firey season you’ve been in now!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2020 10:38 am

      Mother Nature continues to challenge us. We’ve had two inches of very welcome rain, but some of the country has had eight inches and floods.

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  33. Popping Wheelies / Feb 10 2020 12:33 pm

    I am so sorry, but I’d like to say what good neighbors you have. Chloe could have put more things of her own in her car and left yours. And the guys who stayed to put out the brush fires are awesome. Neighbors matter more than we often realize.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 10 2020 12:45 pm

      We’re lucky to have wonderful neighbours in both Canberra and Rosedale.

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  34. Sande Olocho / Feb 11 2020 9:42 pm

    The devastation of those wild fires will go down in history. It was a most unfortunate happening that reminds us all how vulnerable we are on this face of the blue planet.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 11 2020 9:48 pm

      Oh my goodness, you are so right. These fires will go down in history—a very sad history. Luckily there are a few good news stories.

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  35. Forestwood / Feb 12 2020 11:58 pm

    Absolutely soul destroying, eerie and heartbreaking. Some of those scenes look like they were in a war zone, not our beautiful country. I hope you are getting some of these rains and hope we never see another season like this one. For goodness sake, the government needs to equip our fire services better. Scomo threatened that the Labour party would take our utes – his inaction has taken our lifestyle and security. I can only imagine the trauma folks are going through and hope they get the support they need. So glad your house was saved for now, and hopefully for the rest of the season. Bring on the rain. Hugs.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 13 2020 4:29 pm

      Thanks Amanda. We are getting rain. We need more to put out the fires, but we need decent policies and well-equipped fire services to meet the threats ahead.

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  36. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Feb 13 2020 11:48 am

    My heart aches for all of you in Australia. As you know, the US, and especially California (where I live) have also been decimated by fire as well as the Brazilian Amazon area, and many other countries. Fire is a blessing for so many reasons but this level of devastation is not good for anyone. Climate destruction is fueled by drought and bad management, and the worst insult is the commercial industries and political regimes that aim to reap benefits. Pockets and wallets – hard to beat them for better policies.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 13 2020 2:42 pm

      I am so angry about Australia’s lack of sound climate policy. Mother Nature is throwing everything at us, but the politicians just duck for cover. Infuriating.

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  37. indianeskitchen / Feb 13 2020 4:29 pm

    This is just so devastating and heart breaking. The politicians better get their priorities straight!

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  38. Jolandi Steven / Feb 13 2020 4:38 pm

    Wow, you guys got really lucky, Peggy. I am so grateful for that. It really is heartbreaking to see so much property and land being destroyed – not to mention the loss of life.

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  39. La Grazia / Feb 15 2020 5:22 am

    Hi a part of my family live in Perth

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  40. theburningheart / Feb 15 2020 5:47 am

    I am so glad that despite all the fires, your house was spared, I am familiar with those types of fires, living through the great Malibu fire in 1993, all our neighbors evacuated the place, except us, we loaded some precious memories in our cars, and waited until the firefighters will tell us to go, that night we could see from our porch all the hills on fire around us, and pretty damn close, tired from packing I went to sleep, and told my wife at the time:
    “Wake me up, as soon as you hear the Getty Villa its on fire.”

    This was the largest deployment of fire fighters in the history of California involving 165 engine strike teams of 5-6 vehicles each, 25 single resource engines and Emergency Support Teams, 129 hand crews, 31 air tankers, 23 helicopters, 13 bulldozers, 50 water tenders, 8 food dispensers, over 7,000 fire fighters and support personnel, plus the support of 458 agencies from 12 states.

    She stayed all night up, and woke me a couple of times, to see how big the fires were across Topanga canyon, luckily they were able to contain the fire, that night.

    Here,a page with pictures:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=malibu+fire+1993&sxsrf=ACYBGNSARpRNc9NA5w_RemBOycwfaRhaRA:1581704102847&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=S1zX21LIaKOn7M%253A%252CE4pXGw_ZYSQrbM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kR2RPQarCh4K3vr7WKieiFxGFqQVQ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi9hsL50tHnAhVUXM0KHVo-Dg0Q9QEwAnoECAkQIQ#imgrc=S1zX21LIaKOn7M:

    Hopefully the fire season will be over without more tragedy.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 15 2020 7:34 am

      Thanks for the history of that fire and the link. Terrifying experience. Luckily we didn’t live through our fire. We’ve had some rain, but the threat of fire remains.

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  41. So sad, but mother nature will rebound with vigor! Cheers!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 16 2020 11:36 am

      Thanks. I plan to keep an eye on how she recovers from this onslaught.

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  42. Miriam / Feb 22 2020 1:27 pm

    What a devastating summer it’s been. Such a close call for you Peggy and I’m glad your house was spared though so sorry for all the others that were lost. Take care.

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  43. heidi ruckriegel / Feb 23 2020 9:14 pm

    So scary and horrific. And all those animals. Meanwhile, we have had the coolest February in 30 years here in Tasmania and I don’t even care that our tomatoes may never get ripe. We’ve spent the summer with bushfire prep. Emberguard on all the gutters now. Currently enclosing the subfloor of our house, guest accommodation and shed with emberproof mesh. Now have a pump and firehose. I don’t trust that there would be a safer place or that we would be able to necessarily get out and fires are a matter of when not if. I’m looking forward to winter!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2020 9:20 pm

      Oh Heidi, all the losses are so heartbreaking. And the reality is so scary and horrific. Your fire-preparedness efforts resonate with me. Amazing how we can try so hard and achieve so little. Hope your slice of the world stays safe.

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  44. Habiba / Feb 26 2020 10:51 pm

    This is heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 26 2020 10:53 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting.

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      • Habiba / Feb 26 2020 11:05 pm

        It is a pleasure to connect with new people around here.
        You’re most welcome to visit my site and enjoy reading if you wish.
        Best!

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  45. macalder02 / Mar 1 2020 11:56 am

    It is a bleak landscape that left the fire. It makes you want to cry to see the destruction of these forests and animals. Not to mention the human losses it caused. The government is only expected to take the forecasts so that it does not happen again. Greetings and good Sunday.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 1 2020 2:32 pm

      Thanks for your greetings and good wishes. The landscape is very bleak, but some things are beginning to regrow. We hope the worst is over.

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  46. barkinginthedark / Mar 3 2020 7:51 am

    very sad…i think man might be the worst virus of them all. continue…

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  47. Oh, the Places We See / Mar 3 2020 10:54 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog today (Oh, the Places We See). I’ve been agonizing the over the fires in Australia, and I certainly appreciate the info you share. Hopefully they are extinguished and Mother Nature can step in for repairs and regrowth. Wishing you all the best.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 3 2020 7:44 pm

      Many thanks. Most of the major fires are declared out. We lost 80 per cent of our closest national park—Namadgi—but green sprouts are appearing.

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      • Oh, the Places We See / Mar 4 2020 12:29 am

        Glad to hear about the green sprouts. We had a huge fire in the Great Smoky Mountains, so we visited right after the fire and then later in the spring. Mother Nature was doin’ her thing!!!

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 4 2020 1:51 pm

        Mother Nature is at work this week with more rain.

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  48. klmalcolm2014 / Mar 8 2020 6:28 pm

    Grateful to read these first hand accounts and that there are signs of new life.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 8 2020 8:50 pm

      Many places are seeing new growth and others were so badly burnt that there is just ash.

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