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I still have my friend Annie up at the moment, so today, two of my dear friends up here took us out to Mudgee for the day.  It’s been stinking hot here over the last few days.  There was a fire yesterday that broke out and as I live in a high fire danger area, it was a bit of a worry for a while but all turned out well.  Today was meant to be cooler, so what does one do? go to Mudgee where it is going to be a hot   38 degrees Celsius.

We had a lovely day, visiting a few different wineries and just taking in the scenery which included a memorial to Henry Lawson, one of our greatest writers and poets.  We had lunch at a local hotel then after a bit more of a wander around, we headed home again.  We were watching the temperature dropping outside on the thermometer on the car.  By the time we arrived back in the mountains it was 18 degrees Celsius, overcast and misty..  It started raining as soon as we walked in the door.  The relief from the heat was unbelievable.  I really don’t like the heat so the rain is welcome

We have been in a catastrophic fire danger with fires breaking out all across the country.  Tasmania has been tragically affected as has Victoria and NSW.  Thankfully the blue mountains has been relatively untouched so far.  The firefighters must be doing a happy dance with the relief this rain brings.  We have the most amazing group of firefighters here in Australia.  My youngest son Stuart was a member of the Rural Fire Service up here in NSW before he shifted back to Victoria.  The volunteers who man these fire stations all across Australia not only fight fires, they also do search and rescues, traffic incidents and are the first to attend any national disasters where they are needed.  In a lot of areas, they drive Santa around every Christmas period so he can map out his route and offer lollies along the way.  Australians owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never repay but we can offer them our respect, thanks and gratitude.

Of course, paid  firefighters do an amazing job and are an essential service that also warrants our respect, thanks and gratitude.  They work side by side with volunteers to ensure the safety of this country.  We have some of the best in the whole world here in Australia and professional firefighters and volunteers are the first to put up their hands to help in other parts of the country and indeed the world, when the need is there.  We sometimes take them for granted as they are an everyday part of our landscape.  Every town has a fire station and those red trucks are seen all the time.  But the men and women who not only offer their time but put their safety and well being at risk to help their community are the best of the best.

Driving in the country today made me so very aware of the vastness of this great country of ours and the dangers involved on hot days. The country is dry and fire spreads quickly in these conditions.  Let’s take some time to offer our thanks to our local fire brigades, professional or volunteer.  If you can help them by way of a donation or even offering them a helping hand. please do so.  There is always stuff to be done around the place so ask how you can best help them.  Run a fund raiser, offer to do the lawns around their fire  station,  drop them a thank you note for all they do for your community.  Most of all, make their job easier by being sensible.  Clear your gutters of debris and leaves.  Clean up around the outside of your house so there is no ignitable materials, wood etc, lying around.  Have a fire plan ready just in case.  Whatever part of the world you are in, I’m sure the same things apply. 

On a different note, I’m in the running for a competition with Star Now magazine for Blogger of the Year.  If you like this blog, please take the time to go to Star Now Magazine, Blogger of the Year page and vote for me (Yvonne Livonne).  You can vote every 24 hours up until the 31st January.  I would so appreciate your support.

Happy Voting…. Livvy 🙂

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