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    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 5:34am (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    :nicegrouphug:

    hello every one ! I started this thread to say to our friends in australia that we (U.S) are aware of the horrible destruction the fires caused.
    I sat with tears straming down my face to night as i watched the news about kingsfield.I feel so helpless. I wish I could help......:crying:
    I HOPE Trev and his Mum are o.k
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 6:08am (Feb 10th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, positive thoughts and helpful vibes to everyone suffering from the fires in Australia :bighug:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 6:17am (Feb 10th 2009) edited
     
    Thanks. We are fine. The terrible fires still burn in some areas near Kinglake so not all burning is under control yet. Over 173 have lost their lives but there are still many people missing. Several of those lost are from this area.

    We are an hour from Melbourne and Kinglake is another 61kms from there, so we are far enough away to be safe but there has been smoke haze blowing this way which was visible over the weekend.

    We gave a donation to Red Cross yesterday and they are now asking people to donate rather than bring goods as they have been inundated which is great.

    There is a photo in todays paper of a firefighter giving an adult koala, which is sitting at the base of a tree, a drink of water from a plastic bottle while holding it's paw, just amazing what wild creatures will do for a drink.

    There are so many incredible and heartwarming stories of survival. Unfortunately many of the fires have been delibrately lit.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 6:32am (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    Oh I'm SO glad you are all okay. Its very sad though. Mother Nature is really fighting back these days... Arsonists had a big role in this case though. Unbelievable.

    That's so sweet. About the koala.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 10:45am (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    I heard a feature on the radio this morning saying how unprepared the country is now for the bush fires.
    Seems the Aborigines used to make fire defences by burning protective areas but doing that in the wetter season so fires didn't spread and were under control.
    Then, when the Aborigines were surpressed, all this stopped, so now the country is vulnerable to uncontrolled fires.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 10:32pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    I think the conditions in Oz are extreme this year though - record high temperatures which means everything is tinder dry.

    I'd like to see that picture, will try google in a minute. I know someone on another forum who said 7 homes near her were destroyed but she is OK. She said her rats seem traumatised though - the smell of smoke is permeating everywhere she says and their instincts are kicking in and unsettling them.

    I hope they can get them put out soon. It can be seen from space according to the weatherman.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 10:35pm (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    Here's the picture (anyone want to shortcut it please?!)

    http://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/510812
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2009 3:00am (Feb 11th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Trevs MumThanks. We are fine. The terrible fires still burn in some areas near Kinglake so not all burning is under control yet. Over 173 have lost their lives but there are still many people missing. Several of those lost are from this area.
    lit.

    I'm glad you and your family are safe / okay :bighug:

    Kate's Link
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2009 3:15am (Feb 11th 2009) edited
     
    Thanks for the link Kate and Red, and great story to go with it, I actually saw video footage on tv this morning of the pic with this fireman saying "we are here to fight the fires but how much can a koala bear, even they need some H2O" I thought that was kinda sweet.

    We have had unusually hot, dry and windy conditions this year coupled with our drought so it has made the situation much worse and with that combination plus fire bugs it has caused this awful result.
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2009 9:28am (Feb 11th 2009)
     
    :frog3:
    I am so happy to see that you are well! ..............I cant believe what I heard !:eyes:
    Some one had gone back and relite the fires!:gasp:Why!Ooooo!it makes your brain hurt:banghead:
    As if 175 people dead wer'nt enough!it just leaves you breathless ! Some how, some way i hope that the fools who started this will be found.:rant: I guess I should not be surprised after all that I have seen.:confused:

    I will get off my soap box now


    I send my love to you trev,s mom and son.:nicegrouphug:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2009 5:08pm (Feb 11th 2009)
     
    Yeah, get off your soapbox, Froggie,and help me up; I want a rant too...:) Seriously, these people who start fires must literally be psychopathic - not caring about the effects of their actions on others. :(
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2009 10:53pm (Feb 11th 2009) edited
     
    Thanks Froggie and CC. Who can understand why someone can light a fire and cause such criminal damage and loss of life. Re the link above to the koala pic. The man giving her a drink is named Terry Tree. They have named the koala Sam. This pic is so popular and is being seen around the world, it has become an iconic image of the disaster, I have a copy stuck next to computer.
    I saw Terry interviewed this morning, and there is video footage of him with Sam the koala, he said he came upon her just sitting there and approached to see how badly she was hurt. She has burnt paws and nose. She drank almost 3 bottles of water (some did dribble down the sides)she was so dry. She rested her burnt paw on his hand because he said the water pooling there created a cool puddle and probably gave her some relief. His eleven year old daughter filmed it just to show her friends. The koala has been taken to a sanctury and is being cared for and is doing ok.
    While this has been terrible for the loss to humans it is also helpful for us to see the effect on the animal population.
    Over 5000 people are homeless and many still missing. Unfortunately some fires are still burning so they are keeping watch and trying to contain the worst areas. The concern is that 2 fires may join to become one big one.
    The weather has been cooler, mid twenties but expected to be much hotter and windy again middle of next week.:001_huh:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2009 11:38pm (Feb 11th 2009)
     
    I saw the film footage on our news tonight. Its very touching that in the midst of it all he stopped to help her out. Its so sad that so many more koalas and other animals must've perished because of someone's stupidity.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2009 7:28am (Feb 12th 2009)
     
    The picture of the Koala made the news here too. I saved the picture on my PC too, Julie as a screen saver. I feel so horrible about the poor animals and all the people who have lost their lives. I hope they find the idiot who set the fires...and hang him from the highest tree around.
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2009 7:52am (Feb 12th 2009)
     
    Reaching down to help CC up on the soap box.
    there you go! now have at it !:confused:
    I called my father in san antonio,tx and he told me that a lot of people died in thier cars!(blink)
    how did that happen?:_oh:
    Sam the koala may become like the U.S's smokey the bear. "Only you can prevent forest fires"
    bless her poor krispy little paws:heart:
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2009 6:07am (Feb 13th 2009)
     
    :bighug: hello ! Just looking in to see how things are with you . no news on how you are doing on the T,V ,
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2009 11:00pm (Feb 13th 2009)
     
    :nicegrouphug::heart::heart:Happy Valintines Day to trev and trev's mum :043::icon_heart::icon_heartbeat:
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2009 10:20am (Feb 14th 2009) edited
     
    AW thank you everyone for your concern. Here are some more koala pics to warm your hearts. These were taken before the fires, during the hot days.



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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2009 11:49am (Feb 14th 2009)
     
    Those are amazing pictures!!

    That last one has a huge WOW factor.

    = Hug a tree with your bum in an ice cream box! Cool man!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2009 4:05pm (Feb 14th 2009)
     
    Posted By: ollie in UK Hug a tree with your bum in an ice cream box!

    In some countries, I think you'll find that that's illegal...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2009 5:46pm (Feb 14th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC, :rolling:

    Great pics trev, all those koalas have the cute factor ;)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2009 9:12pm (Feb 14th 2009)
     
    Posted By: chief chicken
    Posted By: ollie in UKHug a tree with your bum in an ice cream box!

    In some countries, I think you'll find that that's illegal...


    Oh..... I is just laughin' and laughin' you gals is so funny CC and Ollie. They are heart warmimg pics aren't they?:043:

    Our weather has been much cooler (mid twenties)and gradually all the smaller fires are being controlled. IF the weather stays like this, then by then end of the week the fire fighters will have them all under control.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2009 11:23pm (Feb 14th 2009)
     
    They are great photos - koalas are so cute. I never realised how big their claws are! Suppose it helps though when you've got to climb trees.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2009 7:45am (Feb 15th 2009)
     
    Julie, thank you for the update on the fires..I hope the weather will stay cooler and the fires will be out soon.

    The pictures of the Koalas are just the cutest things. I know how desperate the poor little things were, to have come up to humans for water.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2009 12:40am (Feb 17th 2009)
     
    Oooo. If any of the koalas want to come and live with us - they'd be very welcome. Although, fair warning, they'd need to cut their nails...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2009 4:04pm (Feb 17th 2009)
     
    ...or at least manicure them and varnish them...
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2009 10:57am (Feb 18th 2009)
     
    lol, yeah true, although it is not often we get to be up close. It is only when they are injured or VERY thirsty. Although I live in Oz and frequent the natural habitat of the koala, they are not often seen. They tend to sit up trees, eating gum leaves, and are too docile to bother roaming about much. On the other hand, kangaroos are too often seen at dawn and dusk... usually in the path of the observers car ! They jump around in packs (or maybe families) and get very confused by cars, darting to each side of the road looking for safety. The main thing to remember about kangaroos is their unpredictability.
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2009 11:36pm (Feb 18th 2009) edited
     
    At least there not moose. The most dangerous thing on the roads here are moose and deer.

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2009 11:37pm (Feb 18th 2009)
     
    We have that too Trev but on a smaller scale - we call them rabbits!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2009 2:42am (Feb 19th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebWe have that too Trev but on a smaller scale - we call them rabbits!!!

    My friend's dad hit a deer close to our house, and the RSPCA wouldn't come out to move it from the road - they told him to 'throw it over a wall' and leave it to die!!

    i LOVE moose jonny, they're one of my fave animals :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2009 6:20pm (Feb 19th 2009)
     
    Pal of mine hit one and it was quite dead.
    He loaded it up and had it in the freezer before you could say "Mooooo-ose"

    Our law says you can't do that but the next car down the road can!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2009 6:52pm (Feb 19th 2009)
     
    I hit a deer and wrote a car off. A car which WASN'T MINE. And because it was a wild deer as opposed to one from a managed herd, we couldn't claim on insurance.
    I'd love to get the insurance geek who thought that one up on his own down a dark alley...:_oh_really:
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2009 7:39pm (Feb 19th 2009)
     
    Moose are my favourite animals (sorry, chickens). I saw a great TV programme about moose once where a moose wandered up to a house at Halloween, munched on someone's carved pumpkin and wandered off with fairy lights caught in his antlers.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 12:03am (Feb 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Victoria, fantastic! :hurray:
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 1:00am (Feb 20th 2009)
     
    oh my! I wish I could have seen that ! Too funny!
    I like mooses too! i love thier funny noses!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 11:48am (Feb 20th 2009) edited
     
    My husband said I should delete this so I did, he thought it was in bad taste.
    He loves moose too, chocolate mousse!!!:biggrin:

    He also wants to know how we got from Fires in Oz to Mooosseeees. Will I tell him? he he he!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 11:52am (Feb 20th 2009)
     
    Posted By: VictoriaMoose are my favourite animals (sorry, chickens). I saw a great TV programme about moose once where a moose wandered up to a house at Halloween, munched on someone's carved pumpkin and wandered off with fairy lights caught in his antlers.


    Victoria that is hysterical, My husband was just about asleep and I burst out laughing at the image you described for me. JuUst so funny. I agree I love meeses too they make me smile.
    :meuh: this is a moose in costume.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 3:45pm (Feb 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Free Smileys & Emoticons at Clip Art Of.com
    Moose!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 3:46pm (Feb 20th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    <a href="http://www.clipartof.com"><img src="http://www.clipartof.com/images/emoticons/xsmall2/148_smiling_moose.gif" alt="Free Smileys & Emoticons at Clip Art Of.com" border="0"></a>

    That's the code for the moose smiley :)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 3:48pm (Feb 20th 2009)
     
    Wow. That is one cool moose! Free Smileys & Emoticons at Clip Art Of.com
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 10:29pm (Feb 20th 2009)
     
    Oh wow ! How cute!
    I love mooses ! I love the cartoon "Rocky the flying squirl and bullwrinkle the moose" Correct me if I am wrong (those from canada) did'nt they use moooses as sled\ draught animals in Canadas early history? I do not remember where I heard that .
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2009 11:50pm (Feb 20th 2009) edited
     
    True frogdust...although it is rare. It happened mostly in the late 19th/early 20th century.

    Oh plural of moose is moose (although I like meese myself).

    Odd looking picture of moose pulling cart
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2009 7:19am (Feb 21st 2009)
     
    ohWOW! THank you Jonny! i saved it to show my friends . they look at me funny when I tel them about moose pulling carts and sleds. NOW I have proof!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2009 8:31pm (Feb 21st 2009)
     
    It's soooooooooooooo satisfying to prove yourself right in an altercation...:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2009 12:09am (Feb 22nd 2009)
     
    Their legs look sooooo long!!!
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2009 4:22am (Feb 22nd 2009)
     
    Thats what makes them so dangerous (for cars that is)...most of the mass is above the hood/bonnet of the car.

    Off course if you manage to slow down before you hit..your car gets totaled and the moose walks off..probably the only animal besides a Grizzly that can manage that..
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2009 1:02pm (Feb 23rd 2009)
     
    At least it survives, rather than totalling the car AND dying in the process. Don't think I'd be getting out of the car to check the wellbeing of a grizzly though!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2009 8:00am (Feb 24th 2009)
     
    How are the fires in OZ now. Have they managed to get them all under control yet? ( I hope they are out now )
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2009 8:11am (Feb 24th 2009)
     
    Unfortunately Lynn there is still a fire threat to several areas, one little country town, Daylesford about an hour from us was under threat last night, the fires were at the perimeter road right next to some houses.
    Fortuantely because the wind changed and conditions weren't as bad as Black Saturday they managed to get it under control this morning. We were following progress as we have friends there who evacuated out of the area. It is a regular holiday spot of ours. We go aand stay in a dear little cottage there each year.
    There are still a couple of smaller fires the brigade is fighting in other areas and the weather is heating up again with 38 degress expected here on Friday so eveyone is on alert once agin.
    Although we are safe it is so unsettling at present and those who have suffered are never far from our thoughts.
    So many kind peole have donated money and goods and there are several events planned for fund raising and a huge rock concert in a couple of weeks.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2009 8:17am (Feb 24th 2009)
     
    I was hoping for a little better news than that, Julie. I hope they get them out before the weather heats up again. All those poor people and animals..it's just heart breaking.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2009 8:19am (Feb 24th 2009)
     
    Just looked at your profile Lynn, its so nice to see the friendly face behind the name!!:biggrin:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2009 3:32pm (Feb 24th 2009)
     
    We're all thinking about you lot, Julie...be safe.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2009 11:26pm (Feb 24th 2009)
     
    I saw a post on another forum that someone's friend has been evacutated from their home in , er, Victoria? Would that be right? The fire was getting really close so all the family and their pets and rescue bunnies have left, but they are so worried about their home. Its just terrible. I hope you get rain and lots of it soon.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2009 8:21am (Feb 25th 2009)
     
    Hey thanks everyone. I don't know if it has been mentioned, but the northern end of our country has had too much rain and is suffering from floods. Just a pity Australia is too big for this excess water to be of benefit to us down south.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2009 12:04pm (Feb 26th 2009)
     
    Posted By: KatebI saw a post on another forum that someone's friend has been evacutated from their home in , er, Victoria? Would that be right? The fire was getting really close so all the family and their pets and rescue bunnies have left, but they are so worried about their home. Its just terrible. I hope you get rain and lots of it soon.


    Yes Kate, Trev and I live in the state of Victoria in Oz and as Friday will be very hot again 38 degrees with high winds people in some country areas (which are only about an hour from us) have already left or else made preaparations for a qucik exit should things look bad. Many country schools are closed tomorrow and popel have been warned to make a move by about 10am at latest. We are all so much more aware now since Black Saturday. Friends of our have been keeping in touch and have packed the car with valuable and they are all set to leave. They have 3 doggies and run a holiday cottage business so all data has been copied and sent to their daughter an hour away. They have cancelled all cottage bookings for the weekend too. It is such a strange and scary time, we are so close and yet still relatively safe because we live in a town.
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2009 11:59pm (Feb 26th 2009)
     
    Dear Julie and Trev,:hugging:
    I am glade to hear that the two of you and family are safe at this point .
    You have been in my thought and prayers , and eve4n more so since we had a bad grass fire this week end. some fool threw a lite cigaret out of the car and it set a cow pasture next to the high way a blaze!Travis county, Texas has been under a burn ban for 8 weeks . Have they found out any new about just WHO might have started the fires? Or even WHO it was that restarted them? I have a hard time wraping my mind around the fact that some one would even start them much less relight them. ALL that aside i hope that you and yours will be safe . Please keep in touch as it means a lot to me.:nicegrouphug: I know this is a day late !:001_unsure: so I am hopeing this will find you well
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2009 9:54am (Feb 28th 2009)
     
    Thanks frogdust, much appreciated. We were fortunate yesterday that the few fires that burned were small and able to be controlled. The wind did not pick up too much, so no major threats.
    They havev arrested one man for lighting fires and there are other suspects. The local towns folk wanted string him up there has benn a lot of public anger and he had to be moved to another town for his safety!!!
    One major fire from Black Saturday started due to fallen power lines.
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2009 5:27am (Mar 4th 2009)
     
    I can well imadgine people wanting to string up the man that did this awful thing.
    our problems are still going on here . we have lost 60 houses amd over a thousand acers of brush. as of to night it is 85% undercontroll.
    I have been wanting to burn off my property, but I do not dare to do so as it has been very windy and I do not want to be the one who burns out her nieghbors!
    now that most of the danger is over I am shure you wish you could get the ashes smell out of your nose. I guess rain would be all most too much to hope for.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2009 4:40pm (Mar 4th 2009) edited
     
    The 'burning off' used to be done in the wetter seasons so that it was well under control.

    I don't know much about this. Just read about the way the fires didn't used to damage as they do now.

    It's all to do with us folks that took over from the original inhabitants and changed things too much to how WE thought it SHOULD be!!!
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2009 5:40pm (Mar 4th 2009)
     
    yes indeed!:shamed:
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2009 11:53pm (Mar 4th 2009)
     
    Yep, I read that too Ollie.. The aboriginals used to do regular burns to prevent just such a thing!
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2009 5:09am (Mar 5th 2009)
     
    when fires were not stopped ,they would clear out the underbrush and the fires that followed would not burn so hot.that way it would not kill as many things.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2009 10:21am (Mar 5th 2009)
     
    Sometimes the older ways turn out to be better.
    Lets hope something is learned from this.

    (Should that be learnt?)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2009 4:52pm (Mar 5th 2009)
     
    You'd have a job convincing the sciency-type bods in charge that old ways are better, Ollie; these people have only contempt for the past, I'm afraid...:(
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2009 5:12pm (Mar 5th 2009)
     
    Yes we have the same problem in my profession, though some of the old ways are creeping back in.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2009 5:14pm (Mar 5th 2009)
     
    Good!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2009 12:03am (Mar 6th 2009)
     
    But the NHS never admit they're the old ways - oh no. They're new developments/discoveries.

    I once knew a manager who left to work at another hospital. Her office had really old historical papers and books in cabinets from the turn of the century (19th to 20th). She had a look through them one day and was amazed how many things were being trumpeted as the next best thing but had been done in the early 1900s!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2009 2:53am (Mar 6th 2009)
     
    Rain and more rain at last. There are no more new fires in our region everything seems to be under control at last and we are all very pleased about that.:cheer:
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2009 3:44am (Mar 6th 2009)
     
    Oh I am so thankful for the rain ! Send me some will you .
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2009 5:37am (Mar 6th 2009)
     
    I'm go happy the rain has come, Julie!!!:yay_jump:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2009 6:47pm (Mar 6th 2009)
     
    :weather_rain:Hooray!:weather_rain:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2009 10:57pm (Mar 6th 2009)
     
    Never thought I'd be glad to hear that its raining!
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2009 5:26am (Mar 11th 2009)
     
    wooo ho ! we are going to get some rain and lots of it if you can believe the weather man. I hope you are well and that you got the predicted rain .
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeApr 13th, 2009 11:32pm (Apr 13th 2009) edited
     
    Hello ! IT is now our time to burn now ! the whole northern half of Texas is on fire as of now! the winds are blowing south so strongly that WE can actualy smell the fires. Even with the rains we have had it is still very dry and the county has a burn ban out right now . I am hope that you are recovering well and that spring will come and green up.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2009 2:42am (Apr 14th 2009)
     
    Stay safe, Froggie; are you in any danger?
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2009 1:44pm (Apr 14th 2009)
     
    Frogdust, I have a friend who lives in Crowley in Texas and she had posted up on another forum about the fires in Texas.
    I hope you have had some more rain to help damp it all down.My friend Jackie posted up to say taht they too could actually smell the fires as well.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2009 10:51pm (Apr 14th 2009)
     
    Oh dear. I hope you all stay safe frogdust.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2009 4:31am (Apr 15th 2009)
     
    Frogdust, I hope you are going to be alright down there. Take care and if the fires head your way..don't wait..make a run for it. Fires scare the hell out of me..I've had them come too darn close to my trees out back and it's something I don't want to go through again.
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 12:55am (Apr 17th 2009) edited
     
    I am fine , I spent the week of Easter down south in San Antonio far,far away from the fires.
    Fire scars me spitless. I have seen too many fires burn and destroy homes and lives ,and I too do not ever to go through that agin.
    Yikes! Poor Crowley! that is way too close to the fires I hope she is all right!
    this week there have been some real good rain storms.
    we should be good for a few months.:weather_rain:
    Thank you all for thinking about me
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 3:17am (Apr 20th 2009)
     
    Glad you are not in any danger.
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 6:22am (Apr 20th 2009)
     
    Hello Trev ! So nice to see you! How are you and your Mother ? The last I had heard you 'all had gone to the coast and had a nice time . how goes spring for your area ? how are the folks recovering?
    the people here are still wondering how every one is getting on ......as you have not been mentioned in the news in a few months. how are you doing ? job and plans for travel and such.
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2009 6:15am (Apr 21st 2009)
     
    Gday. We are all well thankyou. That trip to the coast, to the place with the nice view of the big rock, was just mum and dad (and the cat). All the family are soon to go to the very same rock viewing place for a weekend.

    All our fire danger has dissapated, and Autumn is becoming chilly. My work, at a top secret testing fascility amongst the native wildlife, is continuing peacefully. Which reminds me, I have pictures of a large grasshopper missing a leg, which I will post soon.

    No plans for travel, apart from the rock viewing weekend coming soon.

    :cool:
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2009 6:14am (Apr 22nd 2009)
     
    wonderful to hear ! Also this is the first I have hearf of a father in the trev and JUlie story ! LOL ! I hope he and the kitty are doing well too !I still would like to see pics of the kitty and your dad too !
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 2:38am (Aug 11th 2009)
     
    I am bumping this thread up as I wanted to update you all. Some of you will remember the terrible fires near us back in February this year when so many lives were lost and homes and wildlife destroyed.
    There was a picture of a female koala (later named Sam)being given a drink of water from a bottle by fire fighter David Tree while he is holding her paw. This pic became a symbol of hope and survival and was shown around the world. There is a link to pic on previous page of this thread called 'Kates link' if you want to look.
    Sadly I have to report that Sam the 3 yr old koala had to be put to sleep on Friday. :sad:
    While she was recovering well from her burns and smoke inhalation it was discovered during major surgery to remove cysts assocaited with chlamydia (a life threatening disease that causes severe cervical infection and has ravagaed our koala population here in Victoria) that there were non operative conditions existing and they would not be able to manage her pain, poor darling.
    I have had her picture next to my computer all year and feel so sad that this has happened.David Tree was himself shattered at the news and said "She was a battler, a survivor and a wild animal who showed trust to turn to a human at her greatest time of need. I am shattered, devastated."

    To top it off some crazy woman wants to claim copy write on the pic and have it made into a chocolate bar and sell it for her own profit, what a cow!! 'scuse me cows are nicer than her I should not insult cows!!!! She has now taken this matter to court and in the meantime all this has prevented a woman writer and David Tree (the rescuer) from going ahead with a book they have written about Sam and David, the sales of which would go to building a wildlife shelter for rescued animals. Just makes you wonder about people sometimes
    There is talk of a statue being erected in the fire area.
    Have a nice day everyone and go hug an animal now!!!!:bighug:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 5:36am (Aug 11th 2009) edited
     
    Oh - this is so so sad. Rest in peace sweet little bear. :heart: I'm sorry, Julie, that there was not a better outcome for her and for all of you who love her. I hope the book gets to happen at least. (And, since Maya is cuddled up on my lap right now, I'm hugging her.)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 6:25am (Aug 11th 2009)
     
    That is such sad news, Julie. I had so hoped that she was going to be alright...poor little darling. :rip: I too hope the book will be published.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 2:24pm (Aug 11th 2009)
     
    How sad poor little thing, but she touched so many hearts in her short life all over the world, may she rest in peace now.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 4:29pm (Aug 11th 2009)
     
    Julie, is there a petition or something to try and stop this cynical money-grubber?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2009 11:24pm (Aug 11th 2009)
     
    I hope the courts see sense and refuse her the copywrite. Did she take the photo? Surely the man in the photo has rights over his own image.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2009 1:46am (Aug 12th 2009)
     
    He wouldn't if he was in the US, anyway, since the picture was taken in the public domain (ie. Not from inside his house...) Maybe public opinion will prevail.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2009 2:36am (Aug 12th 2009)
     
    No Kate the mad lady did not take the photo it was done by a fellow firefighter (actually footage on a video camera) for David Tree's daughter 'cos he thought she would love to see the koala, never realising it would cause such a positive response.
    Will see if there is a petitiotn going, hope the court will see sense.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2009 3:57pm (Aug 12th 2009)
     
    Wot? How could she possibly have a chance of claiming copy right on a photo she didn't take? I can't believe that case is even being considered by the court...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2009 9:33pm (Aug 12th 2009)
     
    Me neither. Its a picture that's already been widely used too so I hope this chancer is thrown out of court straight into the nearest puddle!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2009 1:23pm (Aug 18th 2009)
     
    Trevs Mum, just read this and I'm so sorry to read that the Koala had to be put down.
    I sincerely hope that the 'mad cow' woman has no success at all in claiming copyright. Surely she is deluded and that the courts will see this too.