Saturday, November 26, 2011

The day of the bushfires





(Wrote all this yesterday, but our internet here is being veeery dodgy at the mo)

Thank you Robyn, for your thoughtful well-wishes; our family and house are safe.  I was a little bit concerned about my parents who are both active in the volunteer rural firefighting community, since I couldn't contact them by phone for over a day.  I found out tonight they are both fine.

 The news about the bushfires has been terrible though.  Overnight, 39 houses in Margaret River and Prevelly have been lost and thousands of acres burnt to the ground.  In small towns like these, that is pretty devastating. The weather conditions over the past two days were high winds and extremely high temperatures, adding up to ideal bushfire conditions.  This weekend is schoolies weekend, and 350 schoolkids bound for Margaret River and Prevelly have been diverted to Dunsborough, our town; and where we have been for the past few days.  There are other people who temporarily evacuated to Dunsborough, who will have found out today whether or not their properties have been lost.
I took this photo while walking on the beach yesterday and obviously at this moment didn't know what was happening.  The good news is that cooler temperatures and a little bit of rain today have helped the firefighters enormously.
And I think everyone is just grateful that there has been no loss of life...


Details:
Top; my own design based on top  "a" from Unique Clothes Any Way You Like by Natsuno Hiraiwa, made of scraps of "Smoky" shot cotton, details here
Shorts; Burda 7723, charcoal gabardine, a wardrobe refashion of an old skirt of Cassie's, details here

21 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear you and your family escaped damage from the brush fires. We had some bad ones here (near Bastrop, Texas) a couple of months ago. I watched from 70 miles away via satellite images as the fire approached our land. It got very close before the wind shifted.

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  2. Good to hear that you and your family are safe with regard to the bush fires. I've been seeing he reports on he news and if course brings to mind the devastating fires we had here in Victoria several years ago - very scary.
    My thoughts are with people who have lost properties.
    Another cute and comfortable outfit. I love how you have refashioned clothing to make something else and very unique out of it also.

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  3. Yikes! Glad to know that so far there are no deaths - I hope that continues and that the schoolkids get to go home soon.

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  4. Wild fires are really terrifying! I hope they have subsided.
    I love the way your dog is looking at you with adoration.

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  5. Oh no! How horrible. This was a prescribed fire?!? How utterly insane, to go from no fires at all to setting them yourself on a windy day, surely there's a happy medium in these fashions?
    Glad to hear you're OK, and the schoolkids are OK, and apparently even the dog is OK :-). Just run out if necessary, OK? We'll send you other Japanese books and fabrics if you need them, but you must stay alive..
    Sheesh.

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  6. I hadn't realised there had been bushfires, although when I mentioned this to my husband he seemed to know all about it. I had heard that some idiot had lit around 20 scrub fires in Northland (NZ) in the early hours of this morning. I hope they catch him and throw the book at him.

    When you look at the gorgeous beach scene you would never know that fire was not too far from you.

    Love the shorts. It is quite inspiring to know that it was made out of something no one wanted.

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  7. Bad news (fire) Good news (no loss of life)!! We are wetter this year than in the past, and had just a few smaller fires this last season. I am wondering if Bandelier National Monument will be toasted when we visit this year. Stay safe, and keep sewing Carolyn.

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  8. So glad that you and you family are all safe! I will be praying for the safety of all. I love the shorts and to find new inspirations for styles that are cute without revealing too much. Love to see stylish women closer to my own age.

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  9. Glad you're family is safe! The bushfires are a terrible thing. Love the picture, miss the seaside! haha verification word: india. Ok, got me!

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  10. kind of scary news. good to know your near and dear ones are safe. may god help those in need. take care.

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  11. Glad to hear that the weather has turned to your advantage and that you guys are all safe and well. In Florida where I grew up there were wild fires during dry summers, it is scary stuff!

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  12. Margaret River and Prevelly are small so it will be a hard slog really back from the bushfires. I'm very thankful that your family are ok.

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  13. Your parents are so badass.

    I hate to hear of all the devastation. :(

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  14. Glad to hear that you and your family are all right!

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  15. This is terrible. I am hearing/reading more and more here on the East coast of the global warming issue, water war and so, in Australia via npr, and other paper magazines. And people in the States are still in big majority skeptical and keep waisting resources as if they were theirs. It's a shame...
    This said, I know some folks who were in San Diego, CA the year of this gigantic fire - The good news is that Nature came stronger the next Spring when trees that were thought dead, sprang again more majestic than ever...
    Take good care and I send a sincere thought to those touched by the fire...
    Claire

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  16. Glad to hear everyone is safe. When I was in Australia years ago, there were some very bad fires in NSW. We were flying north for a trip and saw them from the plane. It was wild- and extremely scary. Hope they are under control soon.

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  17. So sorry to hear about the bushfires and so relieved that you and your family are okay. We had some fires around our home a couple of months ago due to the drought we have been experiencing this year. Very scary, but we were spared as well.

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  18. Glad to hear you are safe and no-one has died . Bush fires are incredibly scary and just terrible . Good on all those firefighters too who risk their lives .

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  19. So glad to hear that you all are fine. Fires are incredibly scary and we've had more than our fair share of these types of scares locally this summer.

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  20. I'm so glad to hear that you're all OK - my brother lost his home during the Black Saturday fires so I understand how traumatic the situation can be for the people who lost everthing.

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  21. I echo barb's comment, the fires here in bastrop (about an hour west of us) - and across Texas were terrible this summer. thousands of acres and many many homes burned. Glad you are safe. Hoping for some rain, cool temps, and low winds to help the firefighters.

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