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22 October 2013 / rubytheblacklabrador

Strange light

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The worsening bush fires are playing havoc with the sky. Sometimes I can’t work out whether it’s dawn or dusk. Early this morning the sun was an orange tennis ball, all fluffy round the edges. Everyone is fleeing the Blue Mountains.  It’s like Armageddon.

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  1. fozziemum / Oct 22 2013 8:33 pm

    We feel for everyone Ruby..bad memories of horrid times,street lights coming on in the day due to the eerie change in the sky..stay safe sweet one and hope all you know are being sensible..this thing is a beast…our local lads have left Monday to relieve crews ..fingers crossed tomorrow is better than the horrible predictions 😦 hugs Fozziemum xx

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 22 2013 8:45 pm

      Yes – we are all watching and waiting and lots of friends have moved back down to Sydney. It is just awful up there.

      • fozziemum / Oct 22 2013 8:48 pm

        I can only imagine..it becomes quite like a ghost town and incredibly eerie..just awful..and people forget it is not just a day ..these fires will burn for weeks and weeks…it is draining emotionally and being ‘on hold’ for such long periods of time can become very stressful…we are thinking of you all and are dreading summer when it kicks in here…can’t even burn off on our property as it’s pouring rain!!!!

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 5:04 am

        That’s the same in Perth where my partner’s from. Too much rain so no back burning and the grasses grow. Then summer comes – bam – and brings fire with loads of fuel. our winters are set to get drier and warmer with global warming so this is likely to get worse.

      • fozziemum / Oct 23 2013 7:44 am

        It sure is Ruby..finding that balance for us is hard..we are so aware of what needs to be done but also the wildlife here..sending all our thoughts to NSW today brace for a bad one 😦

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 7:56 am

        😦

      • fozziemum / Oct 23 2013 8:03 am

        I know..i am watching ABC news and will be all day..all I can say is I hope people learnt from Black Saturday and the Tassie fires..and just get the hell out..((((hugs)))) Bev xx

  2. susank456 / Oct 22 2013 8:44 pm

    I saw it on the news yesterday. Horrible and scary. Stay safe.

  3. barb19 / Oct 22 2013 8:45 pm

    I’ve been watching the news, and what’s happening in NSW is terrible. Are you anywhere near the fires? I live in Queensland and we have a few bush fires raging, but nothing like you’re having now. Hope you are ok.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 22 2013 8:47 pm

      No we’re down in Sydney so about 100km away but constantly have ash on the balcony and the air is v bad. I really feel for the people up there though. Many of our friends have come back to Sydney and my parents who were on holiday up there got back just before they shut the roads. It is worse than you see on the news:(

  4. lovinghomemade / Oct 22 2013 8:52 pm

    Hope you’re all safe and that the fires are out soon.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 5:05 am

      Thank you – we are safe but today will be crunch day with vv hot winds again:(

  5. Laura Donald / Oct 22 2013 9:06 pm

    It’s been on the news in Scotland too! Hope you’re all okay and stay safe!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 5:05 am

      Thanks Laura – wow news all over the world. It is certainly newsworthy but the worse will come today they think:(

  6. shazzarob / Oct 22 2013 9:24 pm

    Hope your all staying safe and things dont get any worse. Glad your a good distance away.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 5:06 am

      Thanks – we are safe and trying our best to support other friends and the firefighters who are absolutely exhausted.

  7. 1st World Dog / Oct 22 2013 9:45 pm

    The predictions for tmw are just scary.
    Mum has to go out for some of the day but has a spare key with neighbours and instructions to get me out if the bush area behind us gets lite.
    I just can’t believe they are pretty much evacuating the mountains.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 5:06 am

      Be safe Bodhi xx

      • 1st World Dog / Oct 23 2013 5:48 am

        Thanks Ruby. Just back from morning walk and so nice to be walking on wet ground. Hope some of it fell where needed most.

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 7:56 am

        Yes Ruby just had a great wet walk too. I missed the storms last night – dead to the world!

  8. easyweimaraner / Oct 22 2013 10:32 pm

    That’s so horrible and I will cross my paws for all peeps&pets and the wildlife in down under.

  9. Suzanne and Nemo / Oct 22 2013 10:36 pm

    wow….. very frightening for all, especially for pets. Animals out in nature understand weather patterns and anomalies and instinctively cope with them, but house pets feel the disturbance outside compounded by their humans’ uneasiness and emotions about it as well. Hugs to Ruby from Nemo!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 4:56 am

      Thanks Nemo – hugs back. Yes, the wildlife rescue people are wokring overtime so so many animals have been lost:(

  10. Misaki / Oct 22 2013 10:43 pm

    Sounds really scary. Stay safe Ruby!

  11. The Golden Life / Oct 22 2013 11:33 pm

    I saw on the news here in the USA that you folks are experiencing some very frightening bush fires. I pray that you and your family will continue to be safe!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 4:58 am

      Thank you very much. We are safe but today could be really really bad with high winds and blistering temps. And it’s not really even bush fire season yet…

  12. Kuruk / Oct 23 2013 1:05 am

    Stay safe Ruby! wooo!
    p.s. You look so silky soft today! Wooooowooooo!

  13. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom / Oct 23 2013 2:23 am

    That sounds pretty scary for those people… I’m glad you’re not in that area and are safe. I hope it’s all over soon!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 5:00 am

      Me too – today will be very hot and potentially the worst day. We are all trying to help people who have lost their homes or been evacuated. All the school have closed and many students were sitting their final year exams – very disruptive to people and animal:(

  14. rileysaur / Oct 23 2013 9:17 am

    Wow, sounds frightening 😦 Hope you guys stay safe!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 23 2013 1:55 pm

      Yes we are ok – situation is worsening as I type with high winds and very hot dry conditions:(

  15. 2browndawgs / Oct 23 2013 10:13 pm

    I heard more about your fires on the news. I hope they get them under control! Stay safe.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 24 2013 5:02 am

      Thanks we will – yesterday was the worst day and in the end people just left. The roads north and west of Sydney have been cut for almost a week – amazing to have a major city isolated…

  16. readingwithrhythm / Oct 24 2013 2:10 pm

    Sounds awfully scary.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 24 2013 7:50 pm

      It was – all over now but nearly a whole week of constant fire, poor visibility and ash falling in our garden.

      • readingwithrhythm / Oct 24 2013 11:24 pm

        We get fires around here sometimes, but never anything like that. I’m glad it’s all over and y’all are safe and sound.

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Oct 25 2013 5:01 am

        Yes – many still burning even after change of weather yesterday but none ‘out of control’. We expect more to come. Haven’t had rain for 6 weeks and the ‘winter’ here was very dry. Back burning will help a lot. Everyone returning home now:)

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