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Re: OT- Fires in Sydney (and our iris garden)

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] OT- Fires in Sydney (and our iris garden)
  • From: "Colleen Modra" <irises@senet.com.au>
  • Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 09:54:19 +1030

Hi Heather

Glad to hear your OK now, must have been scary, wish we could send you some
of our cold damp weather.  The Adelaide Hills will be a huge fire risk in a
few months, the fire load here is tremendous with the damp spring we had.
We've taken a lesson from NSW and are doing big time hazard reduction, wish
the neighbours would do the same.

Hope the fires continue to come under control and that they don't come your
way again.

Look after yourselves

Colleen Modra
----- Original Message -----
From: heather & bernard pryor <irishaven@pip.com.au>
To: <iris-talk@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 8:09 PM
Subject: [iris-talk] OT- Fires in Sydney (and our iris garden)

> Hi Kitty and Diane,
> Yes, we are indeed fine - NOW.  A day or two ago the fires were raging
about 2 miles from our home (in Turramurra) and at the bottom of the street
where Janet and Ted Hutchinson live in Pymble.
> We were ready to help the Hutchinson with the evacuation of their
menagerie of animals and family possessions, but thankfully it was not
> The smoke has been almost unbearable.  On Wednesday morning we could not
see the house across the street for the smoke.  The house is still filled
with the acrid smell of the fires and everything outside is covered with
bits of burnt leaves and cinders.
> However, that aside, not one single home was lost in our area.  The
community fire groups (mainly mothers and older kids) which were formed
several years ago were able to hold the fires in Turramurra (where we live)
and Pymble until the career firemen could arrive.  Their courage in the face
of 40 feet-high walls of flames is almost incomprehensible, isn't it?
> Our garden out at Glenhaven was also spared, but we spent a few days out
there hosing-down the place and stamping out smouldering leaves which had
been blown about 40 kilometres from the fires in the Blue Mountains.  At
times we could not see the helicopters buzzing overhead for the smoke.
> However, we are and remain safe and snug.  There has been no real rain
(other than the few drops we received on New Years Eve which was not enough
to fill a thimble) for 15 days and none is forecast for another 3-4 days
yet.  Needless to say the garden is dry, the native birds are exhausted, the
native wildlife has been traumatised and we human interlopers have much to
be thankful for.
> The Louisiana irises out at the garden are standing up to the 40 degrees C
weather and powerful, dry winds wonderfully.  Nothing much seems to phase
them - what tough little critters they are!
> I must also say here that we have been overwhelmed ourselves with the
number of calls and personal emails that we have received from our iris
friends around the globe and here in Oz.  It's at times like these that
friendships are tested and to have received so many calls and messages of
concern has indeed been deligthful and sobering.
> Cheers for now,
> Heather Pryor
> In smouldering, smoky Sydney
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