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So we quietly rode out the vicious heatwave on Tuesday, where temperatures reached the mid forties and the chickens sweltered.

Adam was busy giving the pigs mud baths and making sure the chickens, layers and meat birds, had enough shade and cool water (hens won't drink warm water.) He did an excellent job, we didn't lose a single one.

We layed low and played in the sprinkler and the blow up pool. And at dinner time we abandoned the house and lolled around in our nearby sea pool, in the shade, for the most blessed cool relief imaginable. Half the town was in that wonderful rock pool. 

And we rolled on into a much cooler day the following day, and a very fun sixth birthday for our lovely lively energetic bonkers pussycat. A cat party, of course, with a few favourite friends and lots of craft and a bit of a treasure hunt. It was great fun. 

 

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And tonight Adam is on an overnight crew fighting the fires down at Wandandian. 

There are relief brigades taking the place of the crews working all day, and they'll fight the fires overnight and come back home in the morning. 

Dad didn't go tonight, although I think he wanted to, which is great for me because for the life of me I can't remember which chicken feed is which. 

My heart goes out to everyone displaced by these fires, and to all the other families of fireys waiting at home. 

Meanwhile, happy birthday to our nutso snowflake who we love to pieces. Six years old. Holy crapola. How fast did that go? We adore you, Tilds. You brighten up the world.

 

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xxx

 

7 Comments on “flying by

Maggie's
January 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Happy Birthday to your darling six year old !

Sending our very best thoughts from the U S to you and all for a break in the heat wave and control of the fires.

Stay safe.

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Sarahb
January 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Wow Fi – just gorgeous. Kaia turns 6 next month and we can’t believe it either. Thinking of you guys and especially Adam fighting fires. Would send you some of our 9 degrees and rain if I could. Love Sarah x

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Leila
January 11, 2013 at 12:10 am

I love an adorable kitty blowing bubbles!! Keep cool, and may the fires be controlled.

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alison@thisbloominglife
January 11, 2013 at 8:16 am

Hope Adam gets home safely. I’m feeling the strain of living on tenterhooks exhausting. The paddocks are like tinder boxes and you just have to pray that you will have the luck of the draw. Some around us havent been so fortunate this week. Stay cool xxx

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Justine
January 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

Hey thanks Adam! I live at Wandandian, it was a bit nerve racking, though not the scariest of the fires we have been through. My tomatoes have taken a bit of a beating from the heat though!

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Lorna
January 11, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Your birthday party looks like lots of fun.

I hope that the weather turns soon and the fires get under control – stay safe.

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ngaire stirling
January 29, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Adam seems to be the adventurous guy fighting the fires down at Wandandian. Adam, you are really a powerful guy to handle such scary situations.

xxx

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