I am feeling for the people of New South Wales where those awful bushfires are raging. 50 fires in all which surely must have been caused by lightning strikes. Some property has been lost but fortunately no human lives. My thoughts are always with the wild animals and birds that live in the bush that is being ravaged by fire. Some escape but so many are killed or injured which saddens me so much. We have to take out hats off to the tireless men and women of the various fire services that fight these fires in Australia every year. Last summer all over Australia there were dozens of homes lost and several lives as well. I feel we are in for quite a dangerous fire season and the various departments in Western Australia are doing their very best to burn off as much as they can while the cool weather holds. Unfortunately we had a very wet beginning to spring so the usual spring burns had to be put on hold for a while. The changeable weather makes it very difficult for them.
Have been chatting with family about Christmas and have suggested perhaps no gifts for the adults and just gifts for the 3 youngsters and a lovely family get-together where we all contribute food of one kind or another. I feel Christmas in this country where it is often so hot on Christmas Day needs to be simplified to make it comfortable for all concerned. I know Phil once missed the Christmases in England with hot roast dinners and the trimmings but having now lived in Oz for 56 years he is well and truly part of our way of life. Speaking of Phil, it will be his 87th birthday in a few weeks and we've decided the family will meet and enjoy dinner at our usual restaurant in Baldivis. It is close to C and M with their young girls and the food is enjoyable and the service good. An outing we are both looking forward to.