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14 July 2010

Yeo woe woah.

This is where I am. See on the right, the piles of bulldozed trees?
Now see them at 9:30PM tonight, on fire, with winds gusting at 44 kph, with the white light on the left being the verandah light of the house where I will not be taking off my boots and jeans to sleep tonight.
I mean, could you sleep soundly next to this? -
I will be watching Le Tour de France all night thanks to SBS, and through the window I will keep an eye on all those floating embers. Geez.

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  1. please click to enlarge the 3rd pic, get the full effect of the 2-metre high burning stacks.

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  2. Just people of the land burning windrows. That is what they do. You are using it as an excuse to stay up all night looking at pretty French countryside. Oh, maybe I should just add, is there a wind change expected?

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  3. Is this called burning off? Preventative measures to preserve you against the full heat of summer?

    I can see where you're coming from. I don't think I'd sleep well next door to an inferno.

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  4. Elisabeth & Andrew - thanks for swinging by, the strong wind is blowing all the sparks right at the house. it is very scary, and a good thing Cadel is doing so well in The Alps to distract me. I always love Le Tour.

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  5. Why on earth did were they allowed to do this with a gale wind alert which was on the news earlier? Was there anyone standing by to check on the embers? Not to mention that some people rely on wood to keep warm so why couldn't this stupid government re-distribute the chopped trees to a central collecting place, sorry, sensible idea, how stupid of me. I guess they were too busy forgetting to tell more people their houses were going to be demolished.

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  6. Those fire pictures are strangely beautiful. Scary, but beautiful.

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  7. Bloody 'ell - I'd be watching the Tour de France with a triple espresso and some chocolate-coated coffee beans as well!

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  8. Hope it all turned out okay - A metal bucket and water soaked cotton mop are essentials for the odd sparks and gutters full of water helps too..I am fire trained as the Rural Fire service people talk to us from time to time but don'tt know that i wouldn't panic

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  9. Thanks for the tip MC, but the guttering is so packed with gumtree debris that the tanks are dry and the toilet won't flush.
    Kass - i'm sure you have wildfires too, but all we Victorians are so fire-nervy since 7th Feb 2009 when whole towns were razed and hundreds died, that I don't think people here even have BBQs anymore.
    Yes Kath - for stress chocolate works wonders. I phoned the CFA and the logging company sent a guy who said it was fine, and drove home to his place much further from it than my bed was.

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  10. WOW--I always love your pics.

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  11. Logging companies always say everything's fine. Sunny little optimists, the pack of them.
    Just dropped in to alert you to this in the unlikely event that you don't already know!

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