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Feb. 7th, 2009 | 05:48 pm
location: somewhere that hasn't been scorched
mood: exhaustedexhausted

Today was like sitting in front of a hair dryer. Set on hot.

Well, it wasn't like that inside, but that's only because of the walls, hence no hair dryer effect. It was still pretty damn hot. But then I went out. Needed some rice noodles. Which involved going up to the supermarket. At first I was like "yay, air-conditioned car!", but eventually I had to get out of the car.

It was like walking onto a baking sheet left in full sun. In essence, that's exactly what it was. It was fifty metres from the car to the entrance of the shopping centre, and that was more or less all I could stand.

Dad told me the difference between Adelaide/current Melbourne weather and Washington DC was the difference between being baked and being slow boiled.

And another thing. On the radio, all we heard on the way up was how bad the fires were. The CFA's not on the ground near some of them, because it's too dangerous. At a guess, if it's too dangerous for the CFA, it's pretty fucking dangerous. One of my aunts is getting embers in her yard. One of my uncles has sent his wife and kids into town and is busy hosing down his house and garden. The ABC reporter was on a helicopter about five metres away from the fire (presumably in a direction they were absolutely sure the fire wouldn't go), and struggled a bit to describe what she saw. "Well, shit," probably didn't cover it.

But hey, the cool change is through here, finally. And that's like heaven, at the moment.

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korigatachi

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from: korigatachi
date: Feb. 8th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
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Our front garden, once thick with foliage, looks like it had been hit with Agent Orange.

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ebontane

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from: ebontane
date: Feb. 8th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah. Half our pot plants have died and the ants are attacking the cacti like there's no tomorrow. Poor cacti.

And what's that they say about 'leafy eastern suburbs'? Bah. Not this year. Didn't even get the pretty autumn colours. They're just brown.

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korigatachi

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from: korigatachi
date: Feb. 8th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Poor cacti. At least it lived up (for a short while) as a desert plant.
The trees outside are bare. It looks like winter has kicked in extraordinarily early. (Until you look two trees down and see bright green leaves.)

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