THE SUMMER OF CHAFFE

DO YOU HAVE A POOL AT YOUR PLACE STAN...?

DO YOU HAVE A POOL AT YOUR PLACE STAN…?

I CAN’T UPOAD MY KOALA PIC..EVERYTHINGS ON SLOW MODE..ME INCLUDED..IT’S 8.30 AM AND ALREADY IN THE LAST FIVE MINUTES THE TEMP HAS RISEN FROM 30 TO 33 AND RISING LIKE ONE OF MY BEST SPONGES..WE HAVE HAD ANOTHER BAD NIGHT TEMPS NOT LETTING UP LIGHTNING STRIKES STARTING FIRES AROUND THE AREA AND THREE DROPS OF RAIN..THE POOR PETS HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND WE HAVE NO BREAK UNTIL THE WEEKEND..WE HAD TEA LAST NIGHT ON THE VERANDAH WATCHING SMOKE OVER THE HIGHWAY TO OUR NORTH ABOUT 3 KMS AWAY..WE HAD THE RADIO SCANNER ON AND LISTENED TO THE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN OUR FIRIES…WHILE THE DARK THUNDEROUS CLOUDS WERE OVERHEAD..OUR MOBILE PHONE APPS GOING OFF WITH FIRE ALERTS TELLING US OF ALL THE STRIKES AROUND THE 20-50KM RADIUS.

LISTENING TO HOW HARD THESE POOR BUGGERS WORK IN THIS HEAT AND WITH THE DANGER IS BOTH FRIGHTENING AND AMAZING.

TWO SMALL TANKERS HAD BECOME BOGGED IN WATER CHANNELS..A FRIGHTENING SCENARIO FOR THESE VOLUNTEERS..ALL SAFE BUT THE CALL WENT OUT FOR TRACTORS TO GET THEM OUT..HEARING THEM TALK OF FIRE FLANKS AND HOW MANY UNITS NEEDED..FEELING FRUSTRATION FOR THEM AS GUY LINES FROM THE APPLE ORCHARD (BIG WIRES THAT AFIX THE NETTING OVER THE TREES TO THE GROUND) WERE HAMPERING ACCESS TO AREAS…HEARING WATER AIRCRAFT BUT NOT SEENG THEM MEANS THEY ARE CLOSE AND LOW TO THE GROUND IN LIGHNTING CONDITIONS AND DARK CLOUD..HEARING THAT SPOT FIRES HAD STARTED IN PADDOCKS AND THEY NEEDED PEOPLE TO GET ONTO THOSE..ALL THIS DONE ON A VOLUNTEER BASIS….

OUR SUMMER SEEMS TO CONSIST OF THIS..STRIKE TEAMS..WATER BOMBERS..FIRE FRONTS..WATCH AND ACT ALERTS..THE FIRE WAS FIRST NOTED ON OUR APPS AT 7.30PM AND THEY FINALLY LEFT TIRED AND HUNGRY AT NEARLY 11PM THIS WAS NOT A HUGE FIRE EITHER …

IT’S NOW 34.5 C IN THE TIME IT HAS TAKEN ME TO TYPE THIS..THE DAY IS TO BE BAD AGAIN..STORMS AGAIN…BUT TOMORROW WILL BE THE BIGGIE….BY THEN NO MOISTURE WILL BE LEFT IN THE GROUND FUEL AS THE FIRE SERVICES CHIEF EXPLAINS …THE STATE WILL BE BAKED DRY….

WE ARE READY TO GO IF WE NEED TO WE ONLY STAYED BECAUSE WE HAD FRST HAND INFO FROM THE FIRE TELLING US AS IT WAS  HAPPENING WHAT WAS GOING ON….

AGAIN I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY MORE SUMMERS I CAN DO THIS..THE BOUNCE BACK GETS HARDER..THE LACK OF SLEEP IS DRAINING AND THE FEAR FACTOR NEVER EASES..

I MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A LOT OF BLOG STUFF TODAY..POWER CUTS WERE MADE YESTERDAY AND MANY PEOPLE HAD POWER TURNED OFF DUE TO CONSUMPTION…I WILL BE ON FACEBOOK AS ALERTS COME THROUGH THERE ALSO…

I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS FUNNY TYPICAL AUSSIE CONVERSATION I HEARD AS THINGS WERE WINDING DOWN LAST NIGHT IN OUR LITTLE TOWN AT THE FIRE SCENE.

“OKAY..WE HAVE PRETTY MUCH GOT ON TOP OF THIS UP THIS END HERE..CAN WE PACK UP AND HEAD HOME WE HAVE SOME PRETTY TIRED BLOKES HERE AND WE NEED FUEL ?”

“YEP ..HAVE A VIOLIN HERE MATE WILL START PLAYING FOR YOU ALL…OK PACK UP GET SOME FUEL THEN MEET UP FOR BRIEFING”

“BY FUEL I MEAN FOOD”

“OK HEAD IN THEN…STOP FOR FUEL FIRST ”

35.2C NOW…………………………….SAY NO MORE…HAVE A GREAT DAY