Outing #13 – Day 5 – The bushfire burns

(Tuesday 4-November-2014)

@10:40am

Well I’m waiting for Lizard to stop by again this morning, but I grow bored waiting consecutive days for him to not show-up. I’ll give him until 1-2pm I reckon, then go for water.

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5:41pm

I didn’t go for water, but not because I was hanging-out for the lizard to come. I spent the day watching the valley fill with smoke – light, hazy smoke – and water-bombers as well as normal choppers flying around in circles the whole day. Anyway todays entry will be a quick one, since outside of the fire not a lot else really happened. I figure on going to bed early then walking for water in the morning before it gets hot; as the weather forecast predicts it’s going to do.

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BUSHFIRE UPDATE: STILL BEING CONTROLLED

Under control or not, it's gone from 6 hectares on Saturday to 20 today. That still sounds like they've slowed it down well though

Under control or not, it’s gone from 6 hectares on Saturday to 20 today. That still sounds like they’ve slowed it down well though

Still, even with the valley visibly fogged-up with smoke, I cannot smell any at all. The fire has grown to 20 hectares, though I can’t say I’d blame the aerial water-bombers: all day, from around 9:00am they’ve been constantly flying back and forth every five minutes to dump another tank of water on the fire. Remarkable really how quickly they can fill-up although there’s been six choppers today according to the RFS site update, so it couldn’t have been the same chopper doing all of it.

Literally every five minutes on the dot, all day long these water-bombers have been tirelessly hauling water back and forth.

Literally every five minutes on the dot, all day long these water-bombers have been tirelessly hauling water back and forth.

They remind me a little bit of Ants the water-bombers do: they always took the same route as they quickly went back and forwards, filling-up their tanks then flying across to dump the contents and flying back to refill again. They’ve only just stopped now, so finally it’s quiet out here again.

So the RFS site says everything’s under control and apart from the haze of smoke clouding the valley up it seems they’re right.

.. and no matter where you look, the entire valley is hazed-over with this light smoke. No smell whatsoever though.

.. and no matter where you look, the entire valley is hazed-over with this light smoke. No smell whatsoever though.

MONITOR MATTERS

@7:58pm

No sign of the Broeski yet again today. Friday j got here, so he should’ve made an appearance at some point in the past four days. Then again there’s the un-lizard-friendly weather and the bushfire – that he could no doubt smell much better than myself – both of which have been in place most of the last few days.

I’m quite sure he’ll pop around when he’s ready.

MAMMALIAN MATTERS

For the first time in as while, the Possum didn’t come last night. Surprising, but also convenient since I don’t have to cook twice the food like I usually do: last nights pasta and oats are completely untouched, and so they’ll sit there until something comes along and eats them.

There’s no meat or any other ingredients in there that’ll “spoil” anyway so although the pasta is a bit dryer today, I covered it in plastic last night to stop the rain sogging it up so it’s retained most of it’s moistness.

I *did* spot that cheeky bush-rat out there munching on a piece of pasta, but in the moment or two it took me to reach over and grab the camera he’d already taken-off so no nice ratty pic sadly.

Curiously, the single cream buiscut I put on the bag next to the pasta had vanished this morning when I checked and I should assume the rat took that to since the Possum usually eats almost every trace on the bag.

The rat’s pretty cute though. Much smaller than common suburban Rats, with the standard-issue Grey-Brown “dirt” coloured fur. He’s doesn’t have that greasy oil on his coat that black Rats have either.

Outing #13 – Day 5 – The bushfire burns
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Jason
Animal-loving cleaner with a parrot.

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