And just like that, spring has gone and in its place the season of bleached skies and scorched earth. On the last day of spring, Sunday, the aerial water bombers flew low continual circuits over our home as the sirens of CFS trucks wailed. To the west and just beyond my neighbours natural boundary of grey mallee, stringybarks and pines, verdant towering sentinels planted by the early settlers in the 1800’s, the smoke plumed. This gives your stomach cause to lurch as I had not, but an hour earlier been outside preparing for this seasons bushfires.
Too soon I thought. Too soon! I stood on the deck and watched the planes, so low overhead I could clearly see the pilots. I raised my hand and waved. The pilot gave a nod and I knew from that one small gesture everything would be okay.
Of late, I wake each morning to a day of brilliant sunshine and these days often end with an unseasonable thunderstorm. They remind of my years of living in Queensland where almost every afternoon, the humid sultry summer days of bare feet, chocolate paddle pops and mangoes gave way to an afternoon storm. A lone storm bird would signal the tempests impending arrival as the big clouds gathered low and bruising. They would suddenly burst with so much rain the gutters could do little to hold it. Fat green tree frogs croaked in the down pipes, steam would rise up from the roads and the air smelt sweet and clean.
During the last big thunderstorm here in SA, the lovely old Grevillea, planted well before we purchased this home was lost. With sadness I watched its heavy flower laden branches split and drop but in its death keel, I appreciated the shade and the joy this gnarly old tree had offered families of tiny New Holland Honeyeaters, pollinators and myself.
It has been a busy time with so much afoot but as summer breaks, I will endeavor to get my shitzen together to catch this blog up 🙂 There are road trips and rich offerings to write of. The chasing of rainbows, a snowbird, sunrises in silent gratitude, the gift of isolation and a garden update to come.
Until then, take care. Be strong, be kind, be good to yourself and be good to all others……. x
Footnote: CFS – Country Fire Service. A wonderful volunteer based fire fighting service in Australia.