Y'know, when I left Melbourne, I never dreamed that 10 months later I'd be sitting, wide awake and caffeine fueled in my house at midnight, glued to the CFA website because my new home is ringed by major bushfires.
The smoke fills the air, I'm finding it hard to breathe and my eyes are stinging. This is sitting inside with the windows and doors shut and wet towels stretched along all the door and window sills. There are buckets of water everywhere, the gutters are full and I've implemented my fire plan ahead of any drastic emergency.
Thank you to all those wonderful people who volunteer their lives to help us. I am so deeply grateful to you.