Canberra parliament house in smoke haze hard to see flag in Jan 2020.
This summer (though it's not over yet) my learnings about fire are:
1. Nothing is safe from fire. Govenor Macquarie said " impetuous element which is not for Man to content with". (He was speaking about flood - but I feel the same of fire).
2. Try and put yourself in the safest spot...next time. In 1819 after floods through Hawkesbury River near Sydney, governor Lachlan Macquarie issued an order to be read out in church over three Sundays (early WhatsApp). The orders were that the new settlers "wilful and wayward Habit of placing the Residences with the Reach of the Flood" had caused "the deplorable losses", which may have been averted if people stayed within the area of settlement. Mr Macquarie would have been very unkind about our honey business with wooden cabin on the edge of a forest. Next time it's going to be an earthbag house dug into the middle of a paddock.
3. You can't get away from it. I went Canberra in January. A side benefit was the thought that I'd have some respite from fire at home. Not the case. It's here to stay and I have to just face it sensibly.
Romy Surtees works with Glenn Pattinson at Elixir Honey, the rural Western Australian good honey business that helps to keep busy people healthy & energised.