I've put off writing about this because how do you encompass something so huge in a little blog post? How do you write about hundreds of dead? Properties, homes, towns, native and domesticated animals, in fact whole lives gone? I can almost be reduced to tears by a lost favourite coffee cup, what if I had nothing left but that cup?
The scape of the wildfires in Victoria is so horrifying, and every night the news is full of home recorded footage that has left my chin on the floor. Meanwhile another part of this country is seeing the worst flooding in decades. I can't see how extreme weather conditions that brought both situations to bear can't be part of a changing climate. Really, how can it not?
On the upside the support and community spirit has been amazing. The news has tried to hard to find stories of looting and such, and they've found a few, but the overwhelming spirit is one of community, service, support, team spirit and gratitude. Hopefully the horrible events of the past week can see some positives, whether it's practical changes to fire prevention strategies, or whether it's renewed appreciation for the harsh, beautiful country we live in and each other.