Friday, February 13, 2009

Smokey Sky

Gday all.

Three cheers to ALL the exhausted firies ,Co'ordinators, Volunteers, For there hard fought efforts in fighting these devasting fires. there still burning in many places
And everyone that has donated either money. much needed goods, or given their time freely to help the victims from this terrible disaster..

Last night Our Television ,Channel Nine Melbourne ran a Telethon to raise money for the victims of these terrible devastating BUSH FIRES The worst Australia has seen .. Well over S12 Million dollars was raised and adding that to all othermoney raised by other concerns , sporting bodies, business houses, and just ordinary people its overr $90 Million at this Moment ..
Im Proud to be an AUSSIE..
Update: They have just arrested a 36 year old Male in Gippsland for lighting some of the fires and Taken him to Melbourne for his own safety

On with a few Photo's
The first Three are of a very thirsty Koala Getting a drink from a sprinkler



I took the next few photo's Tuesday
Sunrise over my back yard can you see the reflection on the pool.
i took this one as I was putting my bowling gear in the car for pennant.
Yarrawonga was shrouded in smoke from the bush fire
this was taken looking down my street as I arrived home from bowls
Standing out the front of my house
Standing in my backyard looking across the neighbours
and again
over my back fence.

Sunset in a smoke filled sky...

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23 Comments:

Blogger Merle said...

G'day Dear Jan ~~ Great post about these darned fires. When will it ever stop? I hope Gary and family are safe.Thanks for your comments, I have been so upset all week have got behind. The cool weather has been so nice and I hope it doesn;t get too hot again. Everyone is worn out, and all those wonderful fire fighters and police and emergency workers. The appeals have been great and will help a lot. I think the laws will have to change about clearing around homes in those areas, damn Greenies.
Our blogger friends have been so kind and caring with their prayers
etc. I am well, just very upset, like everyone else. Take care, dear friend. Love, Merle.

February 13, 2009 11:13 pm  
Blogger Reader Wil said...

Dear Jen, g'day. I am glad that you are safe now. Thank you for sharing your photos of Australia. It is terrible to see how the sky was polluted and still is. Take care. I was touched by the koala photos. My thoughts are with you and Australia of course.

February 14, 2009 12:39 am  
Blogger Gramma Ann said...

G'day Jen,

Oh! the photos are so telling of what you are experiencing. I feel so sorry for the devastation that has happened, and I feel so sorry for all those poor animals that must have had to suffer severely through all this horror. I hope you are well and remain safe. The smoke must be difficult to all, especially those with allergies and such. The sunrise and the sunsets are lovely, but, I just can't imagine the pain and suffering that is being experienced. I am so glad you and your family and friends are safe.

Have a nice week-end dear Jen.

Ann

February 14, 2009 1:17 am  
Blogger Lady Di Tn said...

Jen
Isn't it wonderful how the good comes out in people during such terrible times. All of y'all should be proud. Execpt the guy who set the fires. The poetic justice would have been him to perish in the fire he started. He should be VERY AFRAID. He will have to be isolated wherever he goes. I am sorry God will have to forgive him for I cannot. Peace

February 14, 2009 1:17 am  
Blogger Gattina said...

I read about the telethon and money raised this morning on BBC news. At least it will help a little concerning the material side. But all the very personal belongings are gone for ever. How terribly sad.
Poor little Koala and all the other animals too in this horrible fire.
Your street looks rather scary to me, the smell must have been awful too.
BTW thanks for the link you sent me with these horrible pictures of the fires. I sent it further to my friends here in Europe, because although we have seen it on TV and Newspapers these pictures are very special.

February 14, 2009 1:49 am  
Blogger Josh and Jess said...

G'Day Jen. Thanks for stopping by our blog and leaving us a message. We're glad to read you're safe. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us. We prayed for the people in Australia in our church on Tuesday and also for the people who may have laid these fires. How could a person do that??? It must have been pretty scary for you looking out of the window and seeing all that smoke. We came close to a bushfire in Tasmania once, so I know what it's like...
Take care,

Josh and Jessie's Mum

February 14, 2009 6:21 am  
Blogger Dick said...

Hi Jeanette,

We see those fires on our TV here in Washington State. We have our own wildfire season every summer but not on that scale and most are in uninhabited areas so few people or homes are threatened or lost. It is really sad that some were actually started by people. I suppose they never thought they would get the results that have happened from their actions but you never know. Maybe the Melbourne authorities ought to just let them escape the jail into the waiting arms of the people outside the jail? That would probably save the taxpayers the cost of trying and housing them in prison.

February 14, 2009 9:40 am  
Blogger Winifred said...

Glad you and your family are safe Jen. So sad to see the devastation caused by these people. Hard to believe they did this.

Thank you for the photos, take care.

February 14, 2009 10:58 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Yay! They've caught one of those bastards. I was rapt to hear that on the news last night. He's going to court on Monday apparently.

Fabulous photos of the sun. I'm glad I'm not down there in all that smoke, though. I wouldn't do my asthma any good and I feel sorry for those with respiratory problems.

Glad to hear from you, Jen. Take care.

Hugs.

February 14, 2009 11:28 am  
Blogger Ruthie said...

Those pictures are amazing. Hope the smoke isn't bothering people's respiratory systems. Are they getting them under control?
Take care.

February 14, 2009 4:22 pm  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi again Dear Jan ~ ~ Thank you for your comments and kind words.I heard that the RSPCA are going to give Fireman Dave Tree an award for saving Sam. It is good to be an Aussie at present and we have reason to be proud of our country-men who are raising so much money to help the survivors. And the firemen should all get a medal. My cousin's son Stephen Fontana is a policeman on the news lately talking about the situation etc. His father at 80 has a full head of hair, while Stephen is bald.One of the saddest things I have seen in the last few days, are ppl giving suits for the funerals of the victims.. Thanks for the big hugs, they do help.
Much love my dear friend, Merle.

February 14, 2009 11:51 pm  
Blogger Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Good Morning Jen,

I'm so glad they've caught the person who started the fires! Poor soul, he's in for a tough ride, hope they don't try to hang him :).

We have been seeing all the koala bears in the news. I can't imagine having them come to my back yard for a drink. Awesome pictures you've shared!

I woke up thinking of you this morning, Valentine's Day as you've lost your Valentine :(. I want to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day Jen! I hope it's filled with joy.

Valentine's Hugs,
Kathi :)

February 15, 2009 1:20 am  
Blogger Susie said...

Hi Jen,
The smoke in those pictures really tells the tale. I bet the air quality is just awful.
So glad to hear they caught the person responsible for some of the fires. I'm sure he'll have a hefty price to pay.
The koala picture is so endearing.
Hard to even think of all the human, animal and foilage lost as a result of this disaster.
Take care,
xo

February 16, 2009 9:22 am  
Blogger Janice said...

Hi Jeanette,

I'm glad your safe and sound there at home, and I'm glad that the authorites have caught one of the people responsible.

We had some really bad fires in Los Angles last year, and they finally found the person responsible. He was a eight year old boy who had played with matches behind his parents farm.

He didn't get arrested.

Janice~

February 16, 2009 3:17 pm  
Blogger Pamela said...

burns my eyes, just seeing the smoke.

What a wonderful story though of how everyone is pitching in. Especially in these tough financial times.

February 16, 2009 6:21 pm  
Blogger Red Clover said...

Bravo Australia!

February 17, 2009 4:53 am  
Blogger Hootin' Anni said...

Checking in to see how you are doing. We got to see the video on our USA news about the koala! That is so darned wonderful...tho sad because of the fires,.......it was wonderfully tearful to see it survived!!

February 17, 2009 9:12 am  
Blogger Marjorie said...

I have a friend living in Miepoll,Victoria. I believe it is part of Euroa. Jackie and her husband are suffering the biggest heart-ache, and no wonder. I am so heartbroken for all of Australia. I pray that the human Monsters that are responsible for this carnage will be bought to justice, and receive the maximum punishment possible for this holocaust. I really can't think of any punishment severe enough to impose upon them. God be with Australia now, and always.

February 17, 2009 10:34 am  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Dear Jen,

Hope this gets better soon for all of you!

Keep safe,

Junie

February 17, 2009 4:39 pm  
Blogger Marjorie said...

Hi Jen,
I am originally from a suburb of Adelaide, So Australia. I have lived in the USA since 1964. We moved to Maine 10 years ago from Newport Beach, California. I live on an island with my husband and two little dogs. We are hoping to relocate in the near future to a warmer climate. I am sick of the brutal Maine winters. We are planning a trip to Sedona, Arizona this April to check it out as a possible destination for retirement.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I see that you enjoy a glass of white wine, me too! Australia produces some fabulous wine. My husband loves the reds.
Cheers:))
Marjorie

February 17, 2009 10:54 pm  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi again Dear Jan ~ ~ Thanks for your comments. It was so good to see Scott and to meet his girl, Nicole.
It really gave me a lift. After that horrific week. Things are a lot better so let's hope they stay that way. Glad you liked the jokes - I
really liked the Senior Moment best.
Take care, dear friend, Love, Merle.

February 17, 2009 11:10 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Jeanette, Just checking in to see how you guys are doing up there. Seems like you are getting as much as smoke as I am down here. I heard they could see it from New Zealand...don't quite see how that could be, but maybe the reporter meant the smoke was wafting that far across the Tasman. Ken is not coping very well, his breathing is very laborious at times, and his wheezing at night has me so scared I'm not getting much sleep. If anything happens to him I will personally go and assassinate all the arsonists who are found responsible for the fires.

February 18, 2009 12:56 am  
Blogger Heart of Rachel said...

It's terrible how some people can do such a horrific thing. I'm glad that the personal behind some of the fires was caught.

I feel sorry for all the people who suffered and I also feel sad for the animals who got caught in the fires.

All that smoke must have been hard to bear for many.

Take care.

March 01, 2009 1:29 am  

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