- Driving home through the fire damage. For miles and miles along the freeway there is burnt forest. It stops at the edge of out town. If we had known how close and how extensive it was I think we would have driven to the next town along. The fire damage is on both sides of the freeway, and the strip in the middle is also burnt - no wonder the road was closed for so long!
-Poppet and Sprocket at Healesville Sanctuary. They loved how tame the birds were and that in some of the aviaries they got to feed them. As residents from my town flee the smoke of home we've been offered free access to the zoos and museums of Melbourne - a lovely gesture and much appreciated!
-Sprocket and Poppet inside a big, burnt out tree at the sanctuary.
-A nest in the platypus pond at the sanctuary. I'm thirty-three weeks pregnant now, and thinking a lot about nesting! It's getting so close...
- A graceful carving of a swan at the sanctuary. I love the wood tones, the curve of the swan's neck and how the gleaming wood catches the light. I'm about to start editing a novel I wrote awhile back centring on an Irish myth about four children turned to swans, so I'm taking the carving as a good luck sign!
-Poppet, explaining something to me.
-The kids, playing with spinning tops at their Nana and Grandpa's.
Joining with the lovely Em of The Beetle Shack for moments from our week.
This week has been a
little lot chaotic and for a lot of the week my computer has been at the apple shop so I haven't been uploading photos. (Thank you kids for getting watermelon all over the track-pad! A more heartfelt thanks to the great customer service at the apple shop - they cleaned it up for free… and made my computer all glossy and new looking at the same time. Not a lot they could do about the scratches and dents of a lot of love and use, but it's so clean it doesn't look like mine!)
We just heard the wonderful news the fire in the mine in our town is 'under control' so we're doing happy dances and are deeply, deeply thankful to all the wonderful firefighters who have fought so long and so hard and in such bad conditions to put it out. The smoke this morning was worse than it's been in awhile… but it should all be cleared up soon!