About 2.30pm, a fire had started in a road just to the west of our place. It swept to the south of us and a reasonable distance away. For a while it looked like it was going to miss us.
But it didn’t.
At around 5pm, the wind shifted to a westerly and then a south westerly and the front roared our way heralding its approach with a vanguard of noise and smoke, embers and spotfires.
The power went out
We had a small window of opportunity to evacuate with the fire crews - we took it.
And waited with the car just under a kilometre away to see what would happen next. The wind changed again and the fire veered back onto the southerly track.
The front had passed on to wreak its ruthless havoc on other properties leaving us on a flank.
We couldn’t get back home via the road because of the risk from fire weakened trees. But we were able to travel over blackened ground in the paddocks next door to our place. Our house was still standing! We started working to put out the spot fires, starting with those closest and working out.
We lost the sheds and everything in them. But the two of us and our house were still standing – the house, a little scorched, and us, a little traumatised!
We know we were very, very fortunate!
There’s a lot of work to be done. But, thanks to help from friends, we’ve made real progress with clearing up.
Everything about the property is different, stripped bare. But that’s slowly changing too.
It’s hard to believe this was just over 6 weeks ago now and Nature has moved on! Green shoots are bursting through blackened tree trunks. In the herb garden, the sage and oregano and thyme are sending up tender green leaves.
|Hot spots after the fire front had gone|
|A couple of days later: Stark and bare... but still rather beautiful.|
|The hakea enjoyed its toasting ...|
|...as did the protea.|
|An odd "treasure" we found in the remains of the shed. This used to be a brass padlock.|
|A friend gave us a punnet of petunias. They're a splash of colour in the sepia!|