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31/12/2019


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Fire coming

Fire coming
The scene as the New Year's Eve fires headed toward Batemans Bay. At this stage we were fortunate, as the fire seen here went to the opposite side of the Bay. There have been further rounds of fire weather, which fortunately did not directly impact our area, though we considered it prudent on one of them to move to the local Evacuation Centre.

Several other images also posted, but it seems something has changed in the ipernity systems and I don't see at present how to add links to them in PiPs.

Gudrun, appo-fam, Annalia S., Berny and 31 other people have particularly liked this photo


73 comments - The latest ones
 Xata
Xata club
Awful... please keep safe...
To the link question: click on all sizes as before, choose your size and then you click on HTML (or BBCode, I dont know the difference) and the usual link will appear in a rectangle bellow, as before, just copy/paste it.
18 months ago. Edited 18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Xata club
Many thanks, Isabel. It's late at night here and I intend making an early start tomorrow, so I'll come back to sort out the PiPs some time later.
18 months ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
Terrible. I wish you all the best...
18 months ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
Brings back a whole lot of very bad scenes. I drove today through our fire area HELLISH. hope all goes well and it goes out but the whole of Australia burns.
18 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Thank you very much, Udo.
18 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Je suis de tout cœur avec toi George,c'est vraiment catastrophique.
J’espère que d'ici la ce satané feu sera éteint et proscrit.J'ai entendu
aux infos aujourd'hui qu'il sont en train d’évacuer les touristes de la région.
Je vous souhaite beaucoup de courage.
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Malik Raoulda club
Thank you very much, Malik. This is normally the tourist/holiday season, but the authorities asked them all to leave, to minimise the risks. It is now remarkably quiet for this time of year.
18 months ago.
 Ko Hummel
Ko Hummel club
wow, that realy looks very bad. good luck
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Ko Hummel club
Thank you, Ko. We're trying to avoid any risks as far as possible.
18 months ago.
 ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Do take care George. A really bad start to the New Year for you :-(
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Thank you, June. It is, by far, the most awful start to a New Year that I've ever experienced.
18 months ago.
 Nouchetdu38
Nouchetdu38 club
Very impressive view...............
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Nouchetdu38 club
Yes, it certainly is spectacular.
18 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A disaster ! Hope for you that this nightmare comes to an end !
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Ulrich John club
Thank you, Ulrich. Sadly, the only way to stop these fires is for a large amount of rain to fall over a very large area.
18 months ago.
 Jean
Jean club
A beautiful picture but that smoke and the glare of the fire is so scary. Please do what it takes to stay safe.
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Jean club
Thank you, Jean. We're keeping ourselves as safe as possible. :-)
18 months ago.
 Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska club
I wish you BIG rain...
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Marta Wojtkowska club
Thank you, Marta. That is exactly what we most need. :-)
18 months ago.
 Kenny
Kenny
Very sad keep safe George
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Kenny
Thank you, Kenny. Yes, we're trying our best to keep our heads down. :-)
18 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Dramatic capture! Hope you and your family stay safe and your property won't be harmed.

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to William Sutherland club
Thank you, William. Yes, we're taking as many precautions as possible.
18 months ago.
 Peter Chet
Peter Chet club
George, hope to see you back safe and sound.
Saturday sounds horrific !!
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Peter Chet club
Thank you, Peter. It wasn't good, though probably NYE was worse. The next "fire day" is Friday, hopefully not too extreme.
18 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
A series of frightening images.
Hope you and yours are well.
Despite all the problems I hope you will have a more or less nice weekend.

(for me the same with PiPs; the HTML box is disappeared)
18 months ago. Edited 18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you, Jaap. Yes, our weekend improved as we were able to return from the evacuation centre. I think I've now come to terms with the new arrangement for PiPs too.
18 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
Again, George, I am so afraid for you...found out about the recent fire activity and immediately came to see if you were ok. Terrifying. I hope all is well and that your neighborhood stays safe. Please know you are in my thoughts. *big hugs*
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Janet Brien club
Thank you very much, Janet. We decided that, when the most recent "bad fire day" came along, we should spend the time in the local evacuation centre. As has now happened previously, the fires damaged the power infrastructure, cutting the power and communications for several days (and still, in some areas).
18 months ago.
 Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic club
So sad ! :-)
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Sylvie Coeffic club
Yes, it is indeed.
18 months ago.
 Old Owl
Old Owl club
Good luck, George. Look after you and your wife.
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Old Owl club
Many thanks, John. Yes, we're trying our best to avoid any problems.
18 months ago.
 Jan Klimczak
Jan Klimczak
In the New Year, I wish you health and beautiful scenery for your paintings! The new regulations only allow me to admire photos of my friends. I can't insert new ones - so I admire :)
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Jan Klimczak
Thank you very much, Jan.
18 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
Another dramatic capture George. Another moment of tension for all of us thinking of you lot over there. Keep safe.... Herb
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Herb Riddle club
Many thanks, Herb.
18 months ago.
 Roxane
Roxane
KEEP SAFE!!!
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Roxane
Thank you, Roxane, we plan to do just that. :-)
18 months ago.
 John FitzGerald
John FitzGerald club
All the best, George. I hope you're soon somewhere with clean air and safe housing.
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to John FitzGerald club
Many thanks, John. Yes, it will be good when this all settles down - the sooner the better!
18 months ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi George

I really like this picture. It brings home to us the problems you are having..

We hear about it on our news, but not in great detail.
We can't be there to help, but our thoughts are certainly with you!

Best Wishes, and a very Happy New Year to you and your family.
Peter
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Peter_Private_Box club
Thank you very much, Peter, the support we've had from friends around the world has been truly inspiring.
18 months ago.
 David Michael
David Michael club
From what we see in your pics and on our news the awful scale of these fires is truly staggering. Stay safe first and foremost
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to David Michael club
Thank you, David. Yes, these fires are spread right across all but the most northerly part of Australia and now cover huge areas.
18 months ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
I guess you may have gone to the evacuation centre by now. Hope everyone is coping. Extraordinary fires. Take care, George. Thinking of you, your family and community.
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Gillian Everett club
Thank you, Gillian. We did indeed go there and it all worked very well. Depending on how things develop, we may need to return this Friday. Hopefully, we won't again find ourselves with no phone or communications, as we're quite suitably disrupted already! :-)
18 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
c'est l'enfer !! Tout mon soutien aux australiens
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to neira-Dan club
Merci bien, neira-Dan.
18 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
UPDATE. WE ARE HOME AGAIN, THE FIRE WAS STOPPED 2KM AWAY. POWER IS OUT AND COULD BE FOR ANOTHER WEEK DUE INFRASTRUCTURE DAMAGE. BUT WE'RE OK.
18 months ago.
Old Owl club
has replied to tiabunna club
Thank you for letting us know you are relatively safe, George. Good luck, mate.
18 months ago.
* ઇઉ * club
has replied to tiabunna club
Thank God, and thank you for letting us know, George.
All the best, and stay safe!
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Old Owl club
Thank you,John.
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to * ઇઉ * club
Thank you very much.
18 months ago.
 just"jj"
just"jj"
George ... what a time.
Am relieved you have made it home again ... and will be keeping track.
All the best
Judith
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to just"jj"
Thank you very much, Judith. I hope you're well clear of the fires in the Adelaide Hills.
18 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
*pant*pant*SIGH of RELIEF*...Oh GEORGE! I'm so RELIEVED to get word from you...*wraps my arms around you both in happiness* My husband reminded me that you guys probably have no power, which makes perfect sense, though it totally sucks, of course. I have been so worried about you guys and the state of your home. And now you have to deal with the smoke...it's just horrible. George, Steve and I bought a carbon filter--kind of like this one: www.hydroexperts.com.au/Hydroponics-Air-Activated-Carbon-Filter-150MM-X-300MM-275CFM-Odor-Remover that did wonders for making the air breathable. You may not have to worry about it with the ocean right there but sometimes it doesn't matter and you can't get away from the smoke. These things are actually used in hydroponics to clean odor from the air and they do an incredibly good job. NOT CHEAP and they are LOUD!! but the difference is night and day. We ended up getting two of them when the wildfires were so close to us and we literally were coughing and tearing up non-stop, hoarse voices, swollen glands from the pollution and toxins in the air. Didn't matter that all the doors and windows were closed tight. The smoke got in no matter what we did. Anyway, that's what made it possible for us to stay in our house--the smoke lasted for several weeks and these can filters kept us from being forced to leave.

SO GLAD you're ok. Take care and I'm so terribly sorry for this aweful fire storm all over AU!! :(
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Janet Brien club
Many, many thanks indeed, Janet. We're totally disrupted after packing for the evacuation centre, losing power and communications when the fires intensified, then unpacking (and possibly having to revisit the process this Friday when the next "fire day" comes along). Today I went out and bought a generator, also a supply of disposable face masks. We've had some respite from the smoke today, with cool breezes from the ocean actually bringing in some sea mist instead!
18 months ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
All the best to you and your family. Keep well and stay safe!
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to sasithorn_s club
Thank you very much.
18 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
they speak about rain, but not for a long time...
I'm with you and all australian people
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Nora Caracci club
Thank you, Nora. Sadly, it does seem that good rain may be some time away.
18 months ago.
 Mercury fotografie
Mercury fotografie
Dear George, I left ipernity a long time ago but you were on my mind now, and I made a new account just to send you my thoughts from the other side of the planet. I'm very relieved to read in your update that you are OK and back home again, and I really hope the threat will stay away now. I hope for you and the people around you that these frightening times will end soon and that rain will come!

Please stay safe!!

Arthur from Amsterdam.
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Mercury fotografie
Many thanks indeed for your concern and, particularly, for taking the time to come back and send this message. I'll drop you an email later today.
18 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Het allerbeste---met jullie tegen deze verschrikking
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Fred Fouarge club
Thank you very much, Fred.
18 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
I an so sorry about all that. Hope this will be stop ed soon. Send you best wishes
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Annemarie club
Thank you very much, Annemarie.
18 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
So frightening George. Fire is my biggest fear. My thoughts are with you and your country.
18 months ago.
tiabunna club
has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Thank you very much, Rosa. The main thing is to closely monitor all the available news sources.
18 months ago. Edited 18 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Wonderful capture.
So sorry to hear that you are in such a precarious situation. I must be so hard to wait day by day to see how the fires are not predictable. Wishing you well and hope that soon this nightmare will end. Hugs Tess.
18 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Thank you very much, Tess. Yes, we are doing our best to keep out of any potential problems from the fires, which is why we moved to the evacuation centre on 4 January when the last bad fire day came along. Hugs, George.
18 months ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S. club
Knowing you are now no longer in immediate danger lets me comment on the photo, George, which I find very powerful, with the menace from the fire half shrouded but still very palpable and oh-so-close! The contrast between the neat, well kept houses and the threatening smoke filled sky behind them has the power to speak to many of those who might otherwise not pay much mind. I think this photo would help raise awareness. It may be less "dramatic" than some shots of the raging fire, but it is ominous and powerful in a different and, if anything, scarier way.
18 months ago. Edited 18 months ago.

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