Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bushfire ramblings continued.

Like many other Aussie bloggers (or perhaps those from Victoria in particular), I just can't get motivated to write about anything else at the moment. As I said in the previous post, we are bombarded 24/7 by the media with updates on the fires, so it gets into one's brain and won't go away.

It doesn't help matters when you see something that brings it home to you in a different way. I was on my way to work this morning, and along one of the main roads going out of Eltham, I saw three dead kangaroos, a dead fox and a dead possum. It isn't unusual to see one animal now and then, that has been hit by a car, but to see that many within a hundred yards is horrible. I phoned Melbourne's talk back radio station later that day, and when I got through to speak to Dennis Walters, I said I was calling to alert his listeners to the plight of animals which have escaped the fires, and are now making their way into the outer suburbs in search of water and food. Native animals used to bushland are not used to roads, and even less familiar with fast cars in great numbers. I begged people to be aware that there will be many more of these animals in the suburbs from now on, and to slow down and watch out for them. Dennis seemed to think this was a good phone call, and he put me into a draw for a new car at some stage in the future. Ken and his sister both listen to 3AW, and heard my call, so I got ribbed tonight about who was going to drive the new car when I won it! I told them if I did win, I'd donate it to one of the bushfire victims who has lost their car in the fires.

In the meantime, have a look at this news item about the animals we have lost in Victoria. There is a link to the film taken of the CFA worker giving a koala a drink of water out of his water bottle.


Blogger Isabelle said...

Oh, Gina, my heart breaks for all those affected - how absolutely terrible. I do hope it's all under control very very soon; but I'm sure no one will ever feel the same again.

By the way - in answer to your question - I know it seems trivial in comparison - but most people just post their interview answers in their blog.

Thursday, 12 February, 2009  

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