Grow up. Reality is now.

I found 2 more wallaby bodies, already found by the roaming goannas.  More rain forest trees are losing all their leaves.

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36 degrees.

Burnt through forest. Walked out this morning, early. Back by 10 30 a,m to see more smoke spirals to my north.

Wanganui too has more spot fires but not near existing dwellings yet.

Alert time again.

I will not watch the news on TV so am grateful for SBS World Movie Channel. The dross on other stations, from Grand Designs still promoting huge houses with 2 occupants, 3 extra bed rooms in case the grand children visit, to the gluttony of most food programmes.


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Thursday, another very high fire day.

Back onto alert, high 30s in temp. Smoke continuing to fill the valley.

Steam rising from the smouldering fires after a short heavy shower of rain.


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5 minutes of heavy rain.

today, after a hot and humid morning, koel birds were calling their plaintiff sounds, king parrots were confronting intruders, a frog croaked, I thought ,

in desperation.

Then a thunderstorm dumped 5 minutes of heavy rain. Early afternoon.

I sat on the verandah, thought of the haiku, each rain drop equals a grain of rice, these rain drops equal a corn cob, they were so large.

I went out, cleared my gutters and then came back to watch the spiral of steam to my north as smoldering areas were being doused. steam which yesterday was smoke.

4 weeks of being alert………one big mistake I made was when the spot fires crept closer to the hen house, I topped what I thought was the water tank on the fire pump. Instead I topped the fuel tank up with water. Admittedly it was one in the morning and I hadn’t slept.

Good lesson though. I studied the pumps manual, drained the fuel tank out and learnt what was what on the pump. The man I talked to from where the pump was purchased told me it often happens with novices.


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Thursday 28

Thursday morning at 5 am. Cloudy and a feel of humidity.

Hot days just past, 2 days of little smoke haze only to return in force yesterday with a spot fire re starting opposite my cabin. So after the 2 day respite, back onto high alert.


Wild life now arriving to the little growth around the gardens. 1 joey, wallaby young, turned up blind on my verandah but I could not  catch it.

This morning I found this. A carpet snake swallowing the blind joey. The wallaby Mum was thumping her tail on the ground nearby.

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Richard Flanagan.

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A Break.

Ventured to town yesterday for a quick provision shop. Smoke cleared so I was prepared to be shocked by the fires path out of the valley. Large tracts of grasslands burnt to the soil, trees fallen and fried still standing. Cliffs denuded of all growth.

Our rain forest remnant is dying.

My first venture on this property came across fire tracks through the forest and igniting where there was a fallen tree, like sally wattles which are so heavy when they fall they bring everything down around it, Hence a very dry dry stack saw a football field size burn out. 200 metres from my cabin.

I was relieved I never saw these flames from my back door, a certain moment of panic would have resulted.

A slashed and mulched lantana valley was completely burnt out, to an edge of green bracken and polia which did not burn. Tree ferns which felt the flames on their trunks seemed to have survived too.

odd, every time I have taken the camera out it has not worked. maybe just as well, the vision is enough.


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