Two decades of the 21st century have already passed.
After all the jollity and happiness for lucky souls over Christmas, as we take down the tree, the cards and the decorations I think we must all be entering 2020 possibly with some excitement and rather more anxiety about what lies ahead for us all, both politically and generally, and in Australia.
The news is so gloomy it’s a relief to be distracted momentarily by cricket matches, Christine Keeler and above all by good wishes and New Year messages from friends and relations, flooding in from all over, but especially – since our recent trip – from our friends in India.
We are also receiving anxious messages enquiring about Sara, Derek and Tom, who flew back to Australia at the end of the month, arriving home on New Year’s Eve, just as the worst of the fires were doing their worst.
Jet-lagged and weary after the long flight all they probably wanted to do was go to sleep in their own beds, but it must have been obvious to them that the fires were very close and they couldn’t afford to relax. Young Tom climbed onto the roof and hosed it down for two hours but they soon realised they needed to get out as quickly as possible. Which they did, escaping with their lives but not sure about their house.
Derek has since gone back to find that, miraculously, this time at least as you can see from the photo Sara sent on WhatsApp, the house was untouched, although the fire had been very close, demolishing their shed and taking with it all Derek’s paintings and their motor mower.
Several of their near neighbours were not so lucky and we gather there have been hundreds of local houses in Ulladulla and Lake Conjola burnt to the ground, and some lives lost.
Sara, Derek and Tom are staying in the beach house of some kind friends. Power and ‘connectivity’ is sporadic, so it is not easy to communicate but Sara is keeping us updated when she can. She manages to sound calm and almost relaxed but how much this is to reassure her anxious family we are not sure?
I will update this post if we have any more news to relay.