[click on the photo to enlarge – you can make out their house among the trees to the right of the cars. advice is to put cars in an area that’s already burnt out so that if another fire comes through they won’t be burnt, and it’s possible to drive out
Lifted from the comments, from Mike: I might add a small descriptor the photo of the paddock. The line of powerpoles there is the road. That is where the south-west front bore down on us. To the right of the picture, the hill rolls down into the gully on chum creek. That is where the front came from when the wind turned south east.]
He and Claire have a remarkable story to tell… and they’re still living it. While the threat isn’t as immanent as it was a couple of days ago, that can change in a moment. In almost every email from Mike, he talks about having to stay vigilant for spot fires and ember attacks. It’s been five days and nights of this so far.
People say that one of the ways they stay resilient at moments like this is by knowing that they aren’t doing it alone – that people ‘outside’ of the situation know that it’s still bloody hard, even if we can never know how hard, and that they aren’t being forgotten. We often say ‘light a candle’, but this isn’t the time for candles… instead maybe you could just take an empty moment to pray for Mike and Claire, for all those like them who are still waiting and watching; and for those who have nothing left to wait for.