Still here. Going strong.
Dear readers, the temperature is blessedly cool today in the national capital (Canberra, Australia) and the bushfire smoke has cleared somewhat. We expect the smoke to return this evening when the wind changes. In the meantime, the terrible gloom that descended on the city has lifted and people are in good spirits. So are the animals. A flock of silvereyes visited our garden. One was lucky to enough to find a small praying mantis but its best efforts to dispatch it were defeated.
I give you this enormous fly as a token of my appreciation for all the support and kind words you have offered.
To the bastards who defrauded our credit card, causing our mobile phone plans to lapse, may you rot in hell. We were lucky to be able to fix this problem quickly (being still in our home with power and internet connection). It is not outside the realm of possibility that this type of misfortune could also have befallen some of the many evacuees that are currently on the road and reliant on their phones for bushfire updates and news of family, as well as reliant on their cards for purchasing essential supplies.
The fires are creeping closer but are still quite a distance away.
Please excuse my tardiness in responding to comments, and don’t worry as we are safe and intend to stay that way.