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Firestorm '09 
11th-Feb-2009 08:48 pm
I feel incredibly privileged to have such wonderful friends on my flist.  I want to hug all of you. 

The fires here have been utterly devastating.   And came way too close for comfort!  Back in 1983, during the Ash Wednesday fires, ash and embers were carrying all the way from Anglesea to the city centre.  I remember standing outside work (in East Melbourne), watching the ash fall.  It scared the shit out of me then, and felt like the end of the world.  So I was well aware how far ahead of the main fire the ash and embers could fly... and we were definitely in range this time.   Fortunately for us, the wind was blowing it east of us, but what a subjective fortune.  :~(  The lives lost are almost inconprehensible. 181 people dead so far.

My friend, June, who breeds birds, and whom we bought Buffy from, had only recently moved to Kinglake West, lost her house, 3 cats, an eclectus, and a 4wk old sun conure.  But thankfully she and her family are alive, as are most of her flock.

I found out tonight, that a friend of a friend, who no one could contact for days and we were all imagining the worst, finally got through on the phone.  She and her family are fine, and they managed to save their house!  But their neighbours were not so lucky: they fled at the last minute and were part of the 4 car pile-up on one of the roads.  The tragic irony is that the neighbour's house survived.  So if he had stayed with it, he'd still be alive.  :~(

This photo was taken from Carmel's house by her daughter a couple of nights ago.  Bushfire cloud hanging overhead.

11th-Feb-2009 11:31 am (UTC)
I'm so glad your friend is OK. What a terrible business.
11th-Feb-2009 11:36 am (UTC)
*clings to you*
It's just so, so awful.
I've heard back from all our family and friends in Melbourne and they're all okay but I just feel so heartsick.
I feel so useless.
I was so pleased to hear that your friend and her family survived with most of her animals.

I feel so helpless up here. I've been part of the walking parties that go through the burnt out areas looking for injured wildlife up here in the past.

I wish you and Carmel speedy recoveries

Edited at 2009-02-11 11:43 am (UTC)
11th-Feb-2009 11:44 am (UTC)
I am so glad that your friend and her family are okay, all things considered. *hug* We continue to pray here for you all, Kate. Hang in there.
11th-Feb-2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
I was so relieved when I read your husband's comment earlier this evening. I was afraid that your silence meant the worst; the bushfire has dominated everything so much that I just plain forgot you were going in for surgery. At one point, I saw a Kinglake refugee holding a galah, and got excited because I thought maybe he was related to your friend somehow, but I had no way of knowing, of course, whether your friend was alright.

It's terrible about her home, cats and birds, but at least she's safe.

*hugs you gently*

Hope you're recovering well.
11th-Feb-2009 12:27 pm (UTC)

it's good to hear from you, leela.
11th-Feb-2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
You, your family and friends are all still in my thoughts and prayers. Much love and a big hug to you, my dear friend.
11th-Feb-2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I am so glad that you are ok. My husband was just asking about you last night.
11th-Feb-2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness you are safe!

(((hugs and never lets go)))
11th-Feb-2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh God, I'm so glad you're okay. I've been so worried about you!

*so many hugs*

11th-Feb-2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
So glad to hear that your family and Carmel's family are safe.
11th-Feb-2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
DD: I'm glad y'all are safe!
11th-Feb-2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to read that you, your family and your friends are safe.
It must be quite horrible to live through something like this...
Wishing you the best!
11th-Feb-2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
Wishing you and Carmel the best on your recovery. How wonderful it must be to have a friend to do that with. And give your hubby a big hug - he was such a sweetie to email me back with reassurances and lots of detailed fire information while you were still in the hospital.

And a larger hug from a Southern California transplant who understands a tiny piece of what your region is going through.
11th-Feb-2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I've been thinking about you and all my Aussie friends a lot. I'm glad to hear that your friend and her family are okay.
11th-Feb-2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear from you!! Steve is nice and all, but... ;^)
11th-Feb-2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you and your friend are ok, so to speak. This is so horrible and I wish I could do more than offer *hugs*
11th-Feb-2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
*much love*

Thanks for the update, sweetie. Stay safe!
11th-Feb-2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks god you're OK! I was thinking of you and worried.
The news, pictures and reports in TV are devastating. What a tragedy for Austaralia. I'm so sorry.
11th-Feb-2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
OMG! flist person number three to check in and be okay!
*hugs you*
oh my god, if embers were raining down around me i would feel like it was the end of the world as well! oh man. oh man. i hope you stay safe! :(
11th-Feb-2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Our prayers are answered! Thank God you and yours are safe.

We'll pray for those who died from these fires, as well as their families.
12th-Feb-2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Leela, I am so glad you and your family are ok. I've been reading about what happened there. They are saying arsonists might have done this. Such a horrible thing. So many lives needlessly lost. Prayers are with you and everyone in Australia.
12th-Feb-2009 03:53 am (UTC)
I've been thinking of you.
12th-Feb-2009 04:19 am (UTC)
Glad to hear your friends are safe.

Look at that picture. Scary. And the video people have shot when they were in their houses that has been popping up on current affairs shows - absolutely terrifying.
12th-Feb-2009 08:47 am (UTC)
This is awful, so glad to know that you and your family are safe. The devastation is terrible and some people have lost everything. I'm thinking of all the survivors and I hope they can get back some of what they lost!
16th-Feb-2009 07:00 am (UTC)
Oh god, that's awful. Glad you're okay.
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