It has been a stressful couple of days for several rural families here, including mine!
One of the most terrifying things that property owners have to deal with is a raging bushfire, helped along by strong winds on a hot day.
I was at work on Friday and I knew there was a fire very close to where several friends lived, and when The Hubbster rang to say it was quite close to our property as well, I felt a little uneasy.
I collected the kids from school and drove home through thick smoke, only to see two police cars monitoring the area, making sure the fire didn't jump the road. We would have been in big trouble had that happened.
My friends had spent most of the day putting in more fire breaks with their dozer, and ensuring they were as prepared as they could be.
In the late afternoon, the wind changed direction......we could literally feel it, and the fire turned and raged back up the hill, away from us and back towards my friends properties...again. The wind was really strong and we were okay, but worried for our friends of course.
It sounds dramatic, I know, but when one lives in the country, and there is so much land around you, the sight and the smell of a fire, is just the most dreadful thing.