Full disclosure, there is no sewing or knitting in this post.
Here on the eastern seaboard of Australia, we experience crazy weather. 37 degrees Celcius for the past couple of days. And dropping to a mere 28 degrees at night. Certainly makes for a difficult night's sleep. A cool change sweeps through and the following day is 18 degrees with rain. What is happening!? (I'm sure lots of parts of Australia experience crazy weather, but I've not experienced it in other places.)
The first serious problem that comes with the Australian summer is fire. We have rainfall in October which makes the grass grow wonderfully. Then it gets dry. And then it gets windy. This creates 'tinderbox' conditions. That once-delicious green grass becomes fire fodder, ready to go up in flames. Grass fires develop quickly into uncontrable blazes. Ember attacks occur kilometres away from the fire front in dried leaves or neglected and cruncy front lawns. I have not-so-fond memories of the holiday season with our valubles packed up, watching trees explode into flames on the escarpment line, waiting for the call from the Fire Bridage. Luckily, we were never evacuated. But that feeling still lingers every fire season.
For non-Austrlians, here is our fire danger level indicator. They are all over Australia. On highways, in towns, near Government buildings, community buildings, you name it. You know Australia has a bush fire problem when
a) the second option is 'high' and;
b) 'extreme' just isn't enough.
The moral to this story is: be prepared.
The Rural Fire Service (RFS) have a great website with lots of information for the bush fire season. Have a look. They also have a Bush Fire Survival Plan and app to download.
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