A wealth of Oriental lilies
gracing my kitchen divider
saved from the 42+C/109F
temps outside that turned the garden
into a dried flower arrangement.
Charming with their mysterious shadows
or opening their gentle hearts to
spread their perfume
laying bare the depth of their wonder
I am slowly recovering from the effects of a week
of over 40C temps and the exertion of packing up
documents and precious items to flee the advancing
fire front of a close by, wildly spreading fire that
demolished three houses in our neighbouring
settlement, burned cattle and sheep, destroyed
fences, sheds and a year's supply of feed.
We had 9 mm of rain over night that helped the
fire fighters but also increased the number of fires
through lightning strikes.
12 of the fires were lit by arsonists.
One of the fires is still a threat to us as it is very large
and uncontrolled but for today, if the wind does
not suddenly change, we are safe.
Thank you all for your concern.