These last days have been very distressing. We are all very upset. We were in permanent contact with family and friends in rural Victoria. Terrible news reached us, some of it was later confirmed, other “facts”, alas, turned out to be just rumours. It was such an emotional roller coaster. I do not feel like blogging these days. I lost my “voice”, my appetite, nothing can humour me; I do not want to listen to the news. It’s so confusing, so distressing. No news, is good news…
Michael took these pictures in Healesville from his balcony
The destruction in rural Victoria is unbelievable. Whole settlements, communities and neighbourhoods are gone; businesses among them wineries and vineyards have been destroyed. The death toll has risen, and will rise further when the magnitude of the disaster becomes clearer. Many people had no chance to escape from the wildfires. The human toll is horrific; its unbelievably sad that so many people lost their lives. And its not over yet. The inferno is continuing in many places.
But there are also “good” stories. Usually they describe how the fire roared in from one direction and threatened to destroy everything in its way, all hope seemed to be lost and then these stories continue with: “and then, the wind changed”, the fire stopped, turned and the destruction went elsewhere. In some instances, however, one persons gain was another’s loss.
Bush on fire
Friends informed us that Two Hills is still standing. Dave from Penbro Estate in Murrindindi went to our place and checked it out. He confirmed that all is well. The fire went obviously through it, but firemen must have protected the building, so it seems. Margit and I we would love to shake the hands of these firemen, if we could only find them. We hope that Michael and Steve will have another look after the Dixon’s Creek-Yea road is re-opened. We were very relieved when we got this news.
We cannot complain, we are safe here in Bangkok. We talked to quite a few friends over the phone; they are all ok and they could save their homes. Our condolences go to all the families who have lost loved ones in the inferno and our heartfelt thanks go to all the unnamed heroes, the firemen, the state emergency services people, the paramedics and the ambos and all the other people who helped to deal with the disaster.
Rainer, I feel with you. Thank God, nobody was hurt among your friends and family and that nothing was damaged in Two Hills.
Many thanks Rainer, the olives we planted together a couple of years ago, they are almost all gone. Can you imagine. The fire was very close.