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Friday, 20 February 2009

Excuses, excuses

Another one of those posts in which I apologise for not posting! I had forgotten that it's almost time for a new issue of The Specusphere - my, how two months can fly by when you're having fun!

Not that there's been a lot of fun in this part of the world. Like everyone else, we in the Land of Oz are suffering a financial crisis - and worse, we are plagued by Fire and Flood. It takes only Famine to rear its ugly head I shall be listening for four sets of horsebeats, drumming ever closer.

But, heaven be thanked, my neck of the woods has been spared this time. Fire is an ever-present threat in this country, and I still remember with dread the terrible fires of Ash Wednesday 1983. At that time, my family lived in on a smallholding close to the township of Glencoe, not far from Mount Gambier, where I now live. Heat wave conditions had prevailed for days on end, and as so often happens, fires came to southern Australia. Over a million acres burnt out that season.

We knew fires were in the area on 16 February, when fierce winds drove heat and smoke to blanket the Glencoe area, and I, worried about my young orchard and beehives, was out in the garden hosing everything in sight when my husband came out to tell me that there had been a call on the radio for us to evacuate to the Glencoe Football Club's playing field, or "oval" as it is called here in Australia.

We debated on whether or not we would obey the call or take our chances at fighting the fire, should it come. I had a gut feeling that it would not, but decided to go inside and start packing the car, just in case. After all, the fire was still five miles away. Surely there was no rush? But as we headed back to the house, the wind eased somewhat. There was still a pall of smoke and a blanket of heat, but the noise of a fire wind, even at five miles distance, has to be heard to be believed, and it no longer assaulted our ears.

The slight easement was only temporary. The wind was simply changing direction. Within minutes, it was as savage as ever, having changed from northerly to south-easterly. The air cleared considerably, and we knew we were safe. But the change came so rapidly that there was no time to evacuate townships in the new path of the blaze. The tiny timbermill hamlets of Kalangadoo, Tarpeena and Nangwarry were almost completely obliterated, and fourteen people in the area lost their lives that day. All we lost were - yes, our infant orchard and the bees, killed by wind and radiant heat at five miles distance, despite my hosing.

This year's fires have been worse. Far, far worse. Ash Wednesday 1983 killed less than a hundred people altogether: this year we've lost over two hundred. And the fire season isn't over yet.

The reason fires are so bad here is that southern Oz gets virtually no rain in summer so everythng is tinder-dry and in addition, our native trees are full of oil, such as the eucalyptus and tea tree oils that you can buy for the relief of colds and other complaints.

Nature knows what she is doing. Seeds of native trees need fire in order to germinate, and fires caused by lightning are part of the process. We are the ones who are in the wrong place!

Back to work on The Specusphere now. I have lots of reviews to edit and couple still to write, and then there's the uploading, which is usually a sit-up-late-at-night job. The new issue goes live on 1 March, but I hope to be back before then, with something more cheerful to talk about than bushfires.

8 comments:

Pema said...

So glad you and your family were okay, despite your losses. Five miles doesn't sound nearly far enough away to this sheltered city girl.

Jo said...

I have written about the fires before now, they are pretty terrible aren't they? Been discussing them with Annalou by email.

We have lots of fires in North America of course, but not as devastating as you do in Oz, as far as I understand it anyway.

Satima Flavell said...
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Satima Flavell said...

Hmm - after re-reading my response to you both I decided that my comments really belonged in the body of the post so I deleted it. Thanks for dropping by, Pema:-) I've edited the post to explain why fires are worse here than most places.

Alianore said...

The fires are so dreadful. :( I'm really glad you and your family are OK.

Satima Flavell said...

Yes, we are fine here in Mount Gambier so far this year. But it's something everyone in this country is very, very aware of, every year.

Of course, we have sharks and snakes and spiders as well:-)

Marilyn Z. Tomlins said...

Satima -- The South of France is particularly prone to bush fires in the summer months. Usually, arsonists start them. And sadly it's happened that the arsonists were ... firemen!

Marilyn

Satima Flavell said...

We've had exacty the same thing here, Marilyn. Strange, isn't it?

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