Hi shed people. Well the winds picked up here last couple of days and the temperature is increasing.
Hot winds, locking the house down again. Smoke comes from fires burning around a 270 degree circumference around our little village. Thankfully most
of it is in state and national forest. The burnt out areas are huge now.
I write this because the wind has increased and causing damage in our local area and late this afternoon an unusual thing happened. As you know my
wife is away and my elder son has come to stay for a week. We've been having fun with the dogs and the 4 wheel drive rally truck. It's funny
watching the dogs in the back bench seat bracing and leaning into bends. They lose that thought process when they spot a roo and it's all dogs for
themselves at the nearest window. But that's the fun.
Well, I was sitting in the kitchen and my son went for a drive. Came back in about 5 minutes later and said, "Dad! the power lines are down. "
Casually I said. "Where mate." He replied, "The house lines, across the driveway." Mental thought. Huh? Oooo Oooo. House power is still on. "Show
me." So we took a walk and sure enough, that blasted wind, had ripped the house lines down and they were laying on the driveway. The dogs wouldn't
go near the lines which told me something. A simple spark in the wind would have set off a fire that, we couldn't control. So I rang the emergency
services and appraised them of the situation.
Sure enough our part of the grid was shut down and being evening by now we were blacked out. Lucky for the battery emergency lighting. Bush Fire
brigade turned up. Flashing lights. Exciting. Asked about the lines and I said, "You just drove over them. "Wha??, why wasn't someone there to
warn us?" I said, "Can't see, pitch black (smoke, night time an all) and I told the emergency services where they were and don't come up the
Had to lock the dogs in the house otherwise they would've licked the fire brigade ladies to death.
The brigade ladies remained for a bit until the linesmen arrived. The brigade got called away. Apparently, tree across power lines and another fire
has started not far away from the sparks. Guess I was lucky that didn't happen here.
Power now restored, hence I write this story.
Bit of excitement for the evening but now that dreaded trepidation is setting in. Learning to despise hot winds and fires.
My kindest regards,