Saturday, February 07, 2009

Land Down Under

My knowledge of geography is pitiful. It's right up there with my knowledge of mathematics beyond long division and the precise reason why you can't put fresh pineapple in jello. Things I've just entrusted others to know.

And sometimes this comes back to bite me. Like now for instance. There are wildfires burning in Southeastern Australia and I've absolutely no idea whether this impacts any of my wonderful blogging buddies or not.

When we went on our trip to Greece, we met people from all over the world and the ones we liked the most were from Oz. Andrew spent a semester in Sydney and I'm partial to Australian quilting magazines and aboriginal fabrics. I wrote before that when I watched the recent Olympics, when I wasn't rooting for the USA I was rooting for the Aussies. It's a place and a people I'm partial to.

And now there's this fire siege and I don't know if it is affecting my blogging buddies. People like Tracey, Lorraine, and Peg, and Tazzie, and Donna and Little Mysteries and so many others. Geeze, do I feel dumb.

Sisters in quilting, know that I'm holding you -- and your country -- in the light.


5 comments:

Lorraine said...

Nancy...don't feel bad...it's a big country! just checking in...I am ok....but there has been utter devastation in parts of Victoris...people have lost their lives...fire is a dreadful thing and if earlier reports are correct some of these fires were deliberately lit....too horrible!!

Chookyblue...... said...

Hi Nancy...........
I too am safe but waiting for the cool change supposed to come sometime tues.........
Down in Victoria things are pretty bad.....(to the north and east of Melbourne mainly although there are others)....loss of live and many homes and still well out of control though they have much much cooler weather today so will assist in fire control........way up north in the northern half of Queensland they have flood and more floods........
there is a fire north of Sydney but it doesn't seem to bad yet but is out of control ..........that area will be very hot today and no change in the weather yet.........

quiltmom said...

Thanks for posting the map, Nancy- I found it really helpful as I have too have had correspondence with a number of quilters from the land down under.
Most of them come from the south but there are a few from the west coast and from Darwin.

Hope all is well with you.
Regards,
Anna

Little Mysteries said...

I'm Ok. I am very sad about the utter devastation that has happened in suburbs not that far away. The loss of lives is tragic. The fires are still burning, hopefully they will be under control soon. Thanks for thinking of me.

Nicole said...

We have had some terrible fires here in California, but nothing as devastating as what is going in Australia. I am thinking of those poor people and saying a prayer of hope.