Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Australian bushfires

Our neighbour country is in a state of sorrow. They lost many lives and so many people lost their homes mostly in Kinglake and surrounded areas by the worst bushfires ever recorded. It happened during an exceptional heatwave. The smoke of the fire even reached New Zealand. Condolences to the people of Australia A man's house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By and by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And when he casts about for it he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential -- there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost. It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster. Mark Twain You can make a donation to the red Cross if you wish.


  1. My heart goes out to all those who have and will know the ravages of these fires.

  2. OOOOH yes Marja, The poor people I pity them! Their whole life was in their houses and farms, such a shame that a person lits this fire, WHY doing this: I never ever will understand that,

    How are you doing Marja?
    JoAnn's D Eyes/HOLLAND

  3. I saw a lady on TV crying, because she lost her house. There are so many things with emotional value which can never be replaced. My daughter lives in the north, where the temperature usually is cooler and now it's the other way round. Thank you for asking. My thoughts are with all those people who lost a loved one.

  4. Oh Marja, I read about it in the papers saying it was the worst..and to think of the loss of lives and properties. Do hope it ends soon.

  5. Yes... I saw it at T.V. too.It´s simple terrible to see and all my thoughts are with the peoples there!Poor peoples which lost all their houses!I hope and pry that the fire will be soon under control!

  6. My heart goes out to all of those affected by the fires. The vicissitudes of life...
    Peace to you, Marja.

  7. My heart goes out to these poor people who have lost everything, and to the fire fighters that are giving their all to assist.

  8. It's been breaking my heart watching it all unfold on tv. It could so easily have been us in SA as we had an extreme fire danger day on Saturday too and were experiencing the same weather conditions as Victoria.

    Very frightening and tragic.

  9. When my sister lived in Canberra, she was caught up in fires while taking a motor trip. The trees were burning above her car, as she raced to get out of the area. She said she was never so scared in all her life.

  10. During the Ash Wednesday fires back in the 80's to which I had been apart of a radio reporter had the uneviable task of describing what it was like on the front line.
    He described a house burning down and the futility of rescue efforts. With tears in his voice he was describing his own home being destroyed. If you ever get to go to Adelaide, make the trip to mt Lofty summit and ya can read for ya self his description.

    These fires are worse.......

  11. Oh Marja

    This is indeed very sad news. So many people dead and not knowing what was coming their way. My heart do bleed for the loss and to think that the fires were not the usual bushfires where at least ample warning to get out would have come their way; serial arsonists perceived to be the killers of those folks. This is indeed terror.

    May the people of Australia find peace in this their time of grief, but I'm praying that those responsible for this dreadful act be caught and be given the full extent of Australian law. No humankind or fauna or flora deserve this kind of wilful death.



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