The other day while at a market selling our candles a customer picked up a scent called “Australian bush”.
I made the comment …
“I don’t really know WHAT the Australian bush smells like….maybe like bushfires?”
Actually, that’s what Christmas smells like, here in Australia. Usually.
Golden sun ripe mangos, moist leg of ham and bushfire smoke.
Yep, that’s the aroma of an Aussie Christmas.
But it’s not even Christmas yet and already we have fires!
Heck, we’ve just dipped our toes into spring and already it’s been hot and DRY and yesterday fires broke out in the west, and the Blue mountains – the exact place we moved from just over a year ago, and the place where most of my family lives.
In fact, yesterday I got a call from my daughter saying she was trapped – couldn’t get home because there were so many fire outbreaks that all the roads were closed.
A temporary situation though, she did eventually get home.
Scary stuff, especially since it’s not even bushfire season yet. We watched the news reports all evening and were relieved to see temperatures and the relentless winds driving the fires, drop.
I’m glad we live where we live now. A great big lake across the road to jump into if need be.
Not to say though that we wouldn’t be impacted here on the coast.
I remember quite some years ago when we had a disastrous fire season. Couldn’t get anywhere…road closures, smoke so thick that it changed the colour of the sky, even changed the colour of the traffic lights – the weirdest thing.
Ash rained down from the sky onto my washing hanging on the line and at night we all slept on mattresses on the floor in the lounge room with all the windows flung wide open because the heat was so unbearably stifling.
And people always amaze me when they smile and say “Oh I LOVE summer!”
Are you brain damaged?
And that’s all I have to say today.
If you can’t already tell, I am decidedly grumpy.
I am so sick, and aching all over with a virus. Even my face aches. I have been freezing an eye mask to put on my face because it feels like my whole head is going to have a snot explosion.
It’s my own fault.
Never ever look at all the sick people around you and say “Oh, I haven’t had a good dose of the flu for AGES!” (Seriously, why would you do that?)
God is watching and he has a sense of humour.