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18 October 2013 / rubytheblacklabrador

Ponderings in the smog


Very hard to see this morning with haze from yesterday’s devastating bush fires covering the city. This pavillion in the main dog area of our park stands on the spot where Australia was declared a federation in 1901. The inscription around it is based on a poem of the same era and reads Mammon or millienial Eden? which is a reference to whether Australia will be exploited for its resource wealth or whether it will become a paradise which will last for a thousand years.

Given the unseasonal heat and complete lack of rain I can only conclude that our craving for Mammon has created global warming and it is unlikely Australia will ever reach Edenic proportions.


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  1. weliveinaflat / Oct 18 2013 2:20 pm

    OH I hate the haze. Take care you guys!!

  2. 1st World Dog / Oct 18 2013 8:23 pm

    Not pretty.
    We were supposed to be at an agility trial at Springwood on Sunday which they have respectfully and thankfully postponed.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 19 2013 6:59 am

      Yes, Sunday looks like it will be grim because of the continuing heat. Keep cool Bodhi!

  3. fozziemum / Oct 18 2013 9:51 pm

    Dislike 😦 frightening..stay safe eerie picture..and the sunsets will be tragically magnificent..they always are…hugs Fozziemum xxx

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 19 2013 7:00 am

      Thanks Fozziemum you be safe tooxx

      • fozziemum / Oct 19 2013 7:44 am

        Oh we will thanks heroes in this house! xxx

  4. Suzanne and Nemo / Oct 18 2013 10:17 pm

    sigh, those there are some very deep thoughts about the world, Ruby! Sadly, we think there is no earthly eden or utopia to be found, except out in the deep of nature. Even though the grandeur and beauty of earth can take our breath away, the effects of chem trails spewed from airplanes overhead, smog carried on the winds to drizzle down with acidity thousands of miles away, plastics and radioactive waste dropped to the depths of the oceans – none of it ever gone now. Don’t dwell on how all of that human-created nastiness only began within the past two centuries – just wake up each day with the anticipation of the good things that you will find today, enjoy the circle of life (even as it may present itself to you in the form of dead possums), and offer your love and friendship to those who will receive it. Would that we all had a spoiled dog’s life?

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 19 2013 7:01 am

      Thanks Suzanne and Nemo – all extremely uplifting and generous thoughts:)

  5. Clowie / Oct 18 2013 11:00 pm

    That’s horrible. Isn’t it a bit early for you to have bush fires?

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 19 2013 7:02 am

      Yes – the earliest ever. So far over 100 homes lost but this will rise no doubt. Just tragic and four fires still completely out of control because they are in national parks and there are no roads. Devastating for wildlife:(

  6. mollieandclaire / Oct 19 2013 1:06 am

    Hope you’re all ok. X

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 19 2013 7:04 am

      Thanks we are safe and my parents escaped from a minibreak in the Blue Mountains with about half an hour to spare before the roads were closed. They were badly shaken when they got back to me.

      • mollieandclaire / Oct 19 2013 7:08 am

        I can imagine. How horrible – been watching it on the news there. Very bad for asthmatics & people with lung conditions I imagine. Plus everything must smell horribly of smoke?

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 19 2013 7:37 pm

        Yes very smelly and we have black ash in our garden. Still burning and temps will reach over 30 again tomorrow so no rest for the firefighters at all. Too early in the fire season for things to go so wrong 😦

  7. littledogslaughed / Oct 19 2013 11:20 pm

    Be safe all–a wonderful image-taken with the prose it suggests a poignancy and uncertainty of the future-

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 20 2013 5:36 pm

      We will – three more days of hideousness to come, We are safe but many have lost there homes and a pall of smog remains over the city:(

  8. 2browndawgs / Oct 20 2013 4:24 am

    Oh no sounds bad.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 20 2013 5:39 pm

      Yes it is bad and still continuing out of control. Loads more heat and high winds for the next three days:(

  9. twoblackdoggies / Oct 21 2013 3:47 pm

    A sobering image, the damage and fear that these fires cause is heartbreaking. Hope you are keeping safe.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 21 2013 6:54 pm

      Yes we are safe but like many people we know friends who have lost everything. Politicians twiggle their fingers while Sydney burns. Still two more days of extreme heat and high winds:(

      • twoblackdoggies / Oct 21 2013 8:47 pm

        Glad you are safe. The weather does not look good, will be keeping my fingers crossed that the conditions improve soon and that no more life is lost.

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 22 2013 7:20 pm

        Thanks for your thoughts – tomorrow is D-Day I’m afraid.


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