I don’t want to leave you all hanging, because I know that my post this morning had many of you extremely concerned, and as the threat was real, that wasn’t so strange.
It is now half past 10 in the evening. The temperature is still 35 degrees Celcius outside. We are expecting a cool change around 1am, when we are promised the temperature will plummet at least 10 degrees. We are so looking forward to that!
I spent the day today designing a new embroidery, and then searching my office for the supplies with which to work it. I even managed to locate some missing Christmas decorations, and the girls’ Christmas stockings. A little too late for the Christmas just gone, but there’s always this year’s Christmas! (As long as I don’t lose them again between now and then!)
We were able to limit the temperature inside the house to 26 at the beginning of the day, slowly creeping up to where it is now, at only 29 degrees. It was actually not too bad here at all. Without an air-conditioner, we feel we did quite well! It was mostly because we shut everything up to stop the heat coming in, didn’t go out, didn’t move around much, and didn’t cook anything!
Amazingly, Sydney did quite well today. There were one or two fires and at least 3 people arrested for arson, but it is actually an incredible result. Our police force and firefighters are due amazing thanks for staying on top of fires and for discouraging any arsonists and idiots. I felt sure that there would be a serious fire somewhere around Sydney today, or in the nearby Blue Mountains, but there wasn’t.
Other areas of the state did not fare well. There are serious fires, and lives and property are at risk. For some it is not over yet by any stretch of the imagination. I pray that God will protect the lives of and give courage to people in the paths of those fires, the people fighting the fires, and those supporting that fight in practical ways.
Tomorrow’s temperature of 25 degrees with showers means that for us, the threat has passed, really. Thank you for your thoughts, concerns and prayers. I really appreciate it.