Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Room With A View

Being an ex country girl, I do love the bush, and can appreciate people who want live in it. There are, however, risks, and we have seen these come to the forefront of the news over the last week. As a child, I was always taught to live in a house on a hill. One reason was the view, another was to keep out of reach of flood waters. I was also taught to keep areas around a house clean & clear of rubbish & debri in case of fire.

Our country is still in recovery mode after the fires that ravaged Victoria last weekend. Current statistics are at 181 lives (still expected to rise), and over 1,000 properties, countless native animals, and thousands of people displaced. Perhaps these statistics may not have been so high if simple advice of our elders & forefathers was followed.

I wonder how the house in the pic above would survive in a bushfire?


gittan said...

It's so sad with these fires. I agree, we need to listen more to our elder. They do have a lot of good experience to chare. I'm glad I've found you blog, since I dream of visiting your country once in my life / gittan

Gaye from the Hunter said...

hello Jenny,

I agree. I often see homes built surrounded by eucalypt bushland and wonder how the occupants sleep at night with the constant worry of fire. How do some of these residents imagine they will escape from a wildfire? I think complacency is a big issue ie: 'it won't happen to me'.