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Thank you for all your well wishes about the fire. We really are counting our blessings. I saw a friend today who had been at our house during the night of the fire and he told me that “I really didn’t think they would be able to save your house.” So we had a very close call.

Gorgeous Man would like me to give him the credit for the fire photos in the last post.

On to more mundane things. Gorgeous  Girl has finished her first yarn.

It has already been knitted into a hat, but since it’s so fresh off the needles that she hasn’t tried it on yet (she’s napping) there is no picture of that.

Last year I made a hat for Gorgeous Man from some of my very early handspun. It got lost, and although steps were retraced it was never found. He requested a similar hat. I didn’t have quite enough of the burgundy yarn left, so I combined it with some handspun alpaca/merino.

I finished a shawl.

and a close up.

Gorgeous Girl has been very sick this week with a chest infection. The antibiotics seem to have kicked in and she is much better today.

Next week we are heading north to visit some game reserves/national parks. It will be good to get away and relax. We will have someone staying in the house to feed the cat and the chooks (chickens) and the fire is well under control now, just a few smoking spots left, but there is no real fuel left for them to burn.

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On Saturday afternoon I arrived home to find several men in uniforms pulling up vegetation from the back of my house. There were fires in the area (but a fair way away) and I asked them if, since they were making a firebreak, I needed to pack my house. I was assured that they were being overly cautious. I started making a mental list in my head of what I needed to take.

Several hours later Gorgeous Man came in and said “Start Packing”.

About 10 minutes after that we got a knock on the door officially telling us to get ready to leave.

We could only take what we could fit in the car I grabbed my knitting works in progress, some yarn, fibre, a spinning wheel, the passports, photo and stamp albums, scrapbooks and photo cds, my laptop (Gorgeous Man’s laptop was stolen last weekend while he was changing a tire on the side of the road), clothes, phones, purse, camera and toys and books for Gorgeous Girl and my handmade quilts. We got the cat cage ready but didn’t put the cat in yet.

Gorgeous Man then parked the car at a safe distance and we watched the fire fighters battle the fire as it came towards us. Our house borders bushland.

At about 6.30pm  friends convinced me that Gorgeous Girl and I should go and stay at their house. Gorgeous Man stayed to watch the house.

Our front lawn is at the left of this photo.

Our back yard.

That’s a fire truck.

Further up the hill it looked like this.

At one point I was on the phone to Gorgeous Man who said: “It looks like The Apocalypse” I asked if we were going to lose the house and he replied, “I don’t know.”  At  one point the fire was 50 metres (about 60 yards) from our house and he was hosing down embers that were landing in the yard.

10 houses over the ridge were lost in this fire. There were gale force winds which pushed it a long way very quickly.

We were able to return home on Sunday and our house is safe and sound. I know that it’s only things, but they are my things and I’m attached to them so I’m very glad they are still here.

We are counting our blessings, but it was the most worried I’ve ever been and is not an experience I want to repeat.

Hopefully my next post will be a nice mundane one featuring a finished object and Gorgeous Girl’s first yarn.  I’ve had about as much excitement as I can handle for a long time.

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