Last night, I witnessed perhaps one of the most stupid acts I’ve seen in a while.
Stupid because lighting a huge bonfire in your backyard, in the middle of one of the driest periods we’ve experienced this year, and allowing the embers to flare up and over houses, with tinder dry lawns, tinder dry houses, is just plain Stupid.
I’m not going to dress this up, I was pretty outraged by this, especially as it was done in the dark, by people who were not attending the fire – or if they were just didn’t care that the flaring embers were falling over peoples houses.
Fire is an opportunist. I’ve lived through a big fire, and it’s scary, how quick it all goes up, and how thick and choking and disorienting the smoke becomes. It burns, and it doesn’t stop.
So when Stupid people ignore the fire bans, and then build enormous bonfires, and set them alight in the dark hoping no one is going to be concerned by the thick blanket of smoke, or the flying embers…..well it truly escapes me how naïve people are. We are not in the depths of winter here in the Southern hemisphere, but in fire season…..our hot dry summers make it the perfect feeding ground for quick fires.
Comforting distressed elderly neighbours, we watched as the Country Fire Authority rolled in followed by several police cars, we could all return to our houses without having to evacuate this time. But what happens next time?
My daily reminder: Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere from Lisa Bonchek Adams
Please consider this quote, it’s written from the heart by a courageous woman and it is something we can all do, in our day to day lives.
Live well, and love those you care about,
Ah as I wrote the title, I wondered how I would fit in with a marketing survey, as I don’t really fit any of the usual roles that someone my age would be experiencing.
It’s day one, of my work placement at the Ballarat Gold Museum. I loved it! The museum is a small one, but it’s filled with a dedicated group of volunteers and professional staff. The folks were all super friendly, and the collections were very interesting…..
I spent the afternoon in the stacks, sorting out the library collection – which has been moved twice and is need of some tender care…or at least some sorting.
I’ll be back again on Friday for my next session, and hope to enjoy it even more – as they’ll be giving me training on using their information systems…….
The only drawback? The fast paced walk between the Museum and my child’s school to make sure I’m there in time for school pick up….
I am so grateful that I took a chance and emailed them about a possible work placement. I think I’ll add this to my list of things I’m grateful for. Enjoy the rest of your day!
Make yourself aware of the symptoms, and get yourself checked out……