FIRE AND FLOOD.
Fire On Our Very Own Land
Boxing Day Fires 2000
The fire that broke out on Boxing Day 2000 made headline news and burnt rapidly across a huge area, fanned by a nor west gale. Rod and a lot of other people spent days fighting the front. After it was finally put out we took to the car to see how far the damage had spread. These photos are taken in Redwood Pass on our way back to town after a long circuit. At home the fire had gone past and round our property but burnt other places and stock en route. As ever it was the local farmers and stock men with their knowledge of terrain, and tracks and water sources who saved the day with their truck loaded spraying gear and sheer determination to stop the fire at all costs.
The Truck Needs Swimming Lessons On The Way To Town.
August 2012. A very wet winter during which I was worried I was getting mildew and webbed feet. This is the wettest it has been since the winter of 1995 when we were marooned in a thirteen foot caravan. Marlborough is a perpetual drought region. The rain we have had this winter ensures our summer grass supplies, and probably a bumper fire season to come with all the long dried grass later in summer.