We weren't at home when the fires hit St Andrews, and we haven't been back since. Things sound pretty bad up there, though our house will still be standing, the fire didn't get quite as far as the township (though it got pretty damn close - we were saved by the wind changing - the people of Kinglake weren't so lucky). We still don't know the extent of the damage, but we know houses have been lost, people have died and others are still missing.
My love goes out to everyone who has been affected by the fires, especially in our wider community of St Andrews and Kinglake.
I will post more about this later, but I wanted to drop by and let those of you who knew about the fires and didn't have another way to contact me that we are well.
I was in Tas yesterday, and only heard about the fires this morning. i just checked to see where they were and when I heard about St Andrews, I immediately thought of you and your girls. Although it's been a long, long time since we saw each other, I am really glad to hear that you are ok, and that your house is still standing. It must be very distressing though. Take care Mrs Eglantine.
a hug from Sian
That's good to read. I was just watching something on the news and thought that St Andrews was the name of your town, so came to send you a quick message. Very glad to hear you are okay. xxxReplyDelete
I'm so glad to hear that you are ok. I have read that so many from your area have lost their lives and homes and rushed here to check on you.ReplyDelete
Hope that all will be ok. It's just so sad. So incomprehensible. :-(
I was worried too when I heard, glad to read this.ReplyDelete
horrible horrible fires : (
please keep taking care of all four of you x
Thanks for posting. I've been worried about diverse forest dwellers.ReplyDelete
Penni the news is getting worse and worse. Please stay in touch.ReplyDelete
Pen thanks for updating here and on Facebook etc. I'm so glad you are all ok - you're in my thoughts.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you're all safe and that you still have a home Penn.ReplyDelete
So good to hear from you and yours, Penni. Take care.ReplyDelete
So horrible, the firestorm at Kinglake, and Marysville, too - dropped in there just last October after a few days on my own at Healesville, and so I remember it like it was last week. How can it all be gone, pffft? Horrendous.
I'm so relieved you are all ok. Keep in touch. xxReplyDelete
So relieved you are okay.ReplyDelete
Great news Penni, we were worried. Hope there's not too much devastation for you to face when you go home, and that nobody special to you has been affected badly.ReplyDelete
awful. just awful.ReplyDelete
words can't express ...
i'm glad you're ok. i didn't realise it was so close to you. i feel so sad about the fires.ReplyDelete
Thank goodness. My thought are with you and your communityReplyDelete
glad you are safe, have been anxiously following news and worrying about my Aussie friends...ReplyDelete
I'm visiting you via Babelbabe...I am very thankful that you and yours are safe.ReplyDelete
I scrolled down and laughed when I saw your "Fifteen" post. It was my all-time favourite book as a teenager, and I also revisited it only a week or so ago in my blog. Must be something in the air.