No internet, but still here!

Hi from bushfire ravaged Australia, still here thank goodness!

I know I still have some cards to share with you but that will have to wait until our internet is back up and I can access my photos.  I suppose that’s why people put things in the cloud but unfortunately my devices won’t talk to each other so….  the earliest will be mid to late next week and that’s if the fires don’t cause more havoc.

Today is the first day that we have anything like sunshine in about 2 weeks, not the orange glow that we have gotten so used to, and also no smoke.  There is a haze in the distance but visibility was much clearer than it has been, although the haze is starting to increase and not sure whether it is from the fires or the warmth of the sun heating the earth after the rains.  Yes, we have had some rain yesterday but nowhere enough to put the fires out and not all fire affected areas got any.

I have nothing but praise for the firefighters, volunteers and everyone who has been involved with helping out:  THANK YOU ALL for your efforts.

I managed to get a couple of photos across from my phone so here they are, the faint glow was taken toward the back of us on Saturday 4th January at 4.32pm and the other is the bonnet of our car taken that night at 9.15pm after a short “piddling” rain mostly ash.

So folks, stay tuned, thank you for reading and following me.  I will be back just as soon as I can.  Until next time.

Still here! First day of 2020 – made it!

Well, I’m happy to say we are safe, though the smoke isn’t doing our lungs any good especially those of us who have even the slightest breathing problem. I’m sure you have seen all the news reports about the ‘fires down under’ well, if you didn’t believe it before believe it now. People on the coast have been going to the beaches to stay safe and those who have boats are going out hundreds of metres from the shore to make sure they stay safe.

Many people don’t live near the sea so we have to do the best we can. Until yesterday we were lucky and didn’t have a lot of the smog that enveloped Sydney and the northern towns and cities, but yesterday, after the fires on the south eastern New South Wales coast and Victoria, we experienced the worst smoke from fires I have seen in 62 years.

Needless to say communications and internet services were affected and/or not available at all. Therefore, I couldn’t post Day 6 of the cards I shared with the Michael Strong Stamps group, which I will do tomorrow, but for today I want to share some of the images I took at different times during the day yesterday from 7:23 am. Around 2:00-2:30 pm maybe a few minutes later it was so dark it resembled midnight, I opened a curtain and could not see anything it was so dark. While my photos do not appear as threatening or alarming as those seen on television, it was horrifying nonetheless.

A few minutes ago we watched the reports on how things have progressed overnight and learned that 200 residences were lost, and that isn’t the final count, things are expected to get worse in the next couple of days, Saturday being catastrophic.  God help us all.♣︎ LR

Tuesday, New Years Eve day – Dec. 31 2019 at 8:25 am.
Looking north east towards Canberra, ACT.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 at 8:25 am – East.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 – facing west from
Aldi carpartk, Cooma at 9:51 am
Top of our street, 31 December 2019 at 1:36pm looking sort of south-west.
Just a shot of the sky a few seconds after the photo above so time and date the same.
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