Thursday 26th February 2009, Kilmore.
Still not a great deal to report as we have just been filling in time with the family. We all celebrated Linda’s birthday on Saturday with all family members getting together for coffee and cake and all enjoyed. It was a day of extra celebration as Matthew and Louisa also had their wedding anniversary on the same day. Narrelle’s birthday was on Monday as well so we spent the day and night with her and her family so her and Matt could go out for the evening. After all that I am now getting very itchy feet and want to move on, but Linda wants to stay for another two weeks so it now looks like we will be leaving here on or about the 17th March. This will give us six to eight weeks to get to the Sunshine coast so we will be able to leisurely get there via a couple of places we want to visit.
Wednesday 18th February 2009, Kilmore.
I have been thinking that it is about time to leave the Melbourne area, but Linda wants to stay for another few weeks, she is really enjoying her time with the grand kids, so it looks like a few more weeks. It is just as well we haven’t moved anyway as we would have been heading for NSW and there is bad flooding up that area right now, fires this end and floods up that end, can one believe it. We are experiencing a problem with being at Kilmore, being a small town at a distance from anything city size area, with our fridge playing up. It appears to have failed on 240 Volts and there are no service agents in the immediate area to come and fix it. It turns out that the fridge is a 3 way system, 240V/12V/gas, so it seems we will have to run it on gas until we get to somewhere like Albury, after we do leave here, where we can get someone to come and have a look at it. The main thing to consider at this time is that the warranty is getting close to expiry so one will have to get repairs done before that happens, although I have sent an email to the manufacturer explaining our predicament, so hopefully it won’t be a problem.
Again before I finish I would ask all to think of all the people affected by the bushfires in this area.
Wednesday 11th February 2009, Kilmore.
Because we are in close proximity to the recent tragic bushfires in Victoria I had the idea today of gathering details and some facts and making some sort of report on the fire from our perspective, but have now had a complete change of heart. Linda and I have seen a little of the devastation when we went to Wandong/ Heathcote Junction to see the damage to Narrelle and Matt’s block, and believe me it is heart wrenching, but we have no intention of going anywhere near the major trouble spots, the workers and residents will have enough to contend with without people such as us possibly getting in the way. I now figure that most people would have seen a lot on TV news and I would not be able to compile anything like what they have, so the decision has been made to leave well enough alone. I do ask though that everybody give their thoughts and well wishes for those that have suffered in this ordeal.
Sunday 8th February 2009, Kilmore.
It is the day after the major bushfires in the area we are presently staying. I thought I should give a report for those who might be concerned about our safety. We are perfectly OK with the actual township of Kilmore being unaffected by the bush-fires. One of the fires is being referred to as the Kilmore fire and this is because the fire started just East of Kilmore at Kilmore East. The fire then travelled East to Southeast of Kilmore to Wandong and Kinglake etc. where most of the damage was done. We were a little concerned though, as we were not actually at home during the bad fire period, we were spending the weekend at Narrelle’s place baby-sitting. Phone calls to the caravan park did relieve us with the news of where the damage was happening. We are back home now and in making the trip back we did witness, at a distance, some of the results of the fire from a lookout on a hilltop. We will get a bit more of a closer look over the next few days as Narrelle and Matt’s new block is in the fire damaged area which was fortunately unaffected by the fire, we will be going there to continue work we were doing on the block, this is of coarse if Matt intends to continue work in the immediate future. I am at present watching the news report on the fire and can now see what to expect next time I do venture into the area to Matt’s block. It was only a couple of weeks ago I had a drive around the Mt Disappointment State Forrest that took me through Kinglake and the area most affected by this fire and I am not even considering going back now for a further look as I consider I would be too heartbroken with what I would see. I will re-iterate that Linda and I are perfectly ok and unaffected, and I am sure everyone will get the full picture of what has happened from the news reports. Our heartfelt thoughts are with all that have been affected in this tragedy.
Monday 2nd February 2009, Kilmore.
I forgot to mention in the last report that Linda had returned from her trip to Tassie, and as expected she ended up very busy with the things she planned to do and didn’t have any spare time for visiting, so for those that were wondering we apologise, but she did go on a working trip. We have now, hopefully, passed the heat wave with temperatures now down to the low 30’s and look like being that way for a while. We did have a small thunder storm this morning with showers forecast, but so far there hasn’t been much water fall from the sky. Apart from that things are no different than we had planned to do while here, visiting family and working on Matt and Narrelle’s block, so for now I guess that will be it.