Australia is an interesting country. We love our country. “I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains.” Canberra normally has one of the best air qualities in the country; but a haze of smoke settled over us last month. At first, we thought, that’s normal, we’ve just legalised it, it’ll go away when the novelty wears off. Only, it didn’t go away.
We started looking for the source of all the smoke.
Things started to come together:
I guess you can take the sky from me.
Then we figured it out:
Of course, Australia’s always had an interesting relationship with fire:
Then the fires started to die down. Things looked calm. We actually had water falling from the sky! Apparently that’s a thing now.
Then we had frozen waters.
Some people have been describing the last month as a song of ice and fire.
… which I think is by Pat Benatar.
So much has changed, it’s been hard to keep up.
Nowadays you see people just walking down the street in masks every day.
There’s been a run on P-2 masks, and nobody could find them around here for a while. November 2019 I didn’t even know what a P-2 mask was.
We’ve all been glued to the Fires Near Me webpage.
The weather reports have gotten weird:
Bookshops have had to rethink their stocking policies:
Even Financial Advisors have had to change their focus:
Just when things looked like they were calming down… how shall I put this?
We’ve seen fire and we’ve seen rain. We’ve seen sunny days we thought would never end.
But then, the fires flared up again. Then we got new fires; including in the local (industrial) suburb of Beard. They’re calling it the Beard Fire.
So, that’s how I spent my Summer Holidays.
How about you?
All kidding aside, our thoughts and prayers go to those who have lost property; and the 32 (at this writing) who have lost their lives. The estimated one billion wild animals that have died.
An especial tribute to the firefighters working tirelessly and in great danger to themselves to help in this time of disaster; and to Captain Ian McBeth, First Officer Paul Hudson and Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan, Jr; the three American men who came to our country to fight a fire that was never their problem in the first place, and who will never go home.
Just go to the Canberra subreddit. We deal with things with humour and aplomb in Australia. Which is actually kind of gross if you know what plombs are.
I thought of this one by myself, but somebody else posted it first, so I’m still giving them credit: