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Sunday, 7 February 2010

The Victorian Bushfires - Remembering







A peaceful space and supportive thoughts. 


It's an entire year since the devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia - when so many families lost their lives and hundreds watched as their precious lifestyles and property were dessimated by roaring red flames.
  
Today I'm thinking of the people of those areas - the little communities of Marysville, Flowerdale and King Lake among them - as they continue the struggle to embrace this loss. 


It takes time to recognise fully what happened that day.  Grieving takes time too. 


Once this happens those who are affected, even from a distance,  can move on slowly towards the future.  

We know that there will always be tragedies. But whatever the difficulty, it is certain that we human beings will get through to the other side more healthy and whole when we stick together, facing the future surrounded by loved ones and friends. 


June in Oz, 2010  


   

64 comments:

  1. O so glad to see you back and blogging! Prayers for those affected by those fires....

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  2. You did it Wendy - as you see I've dipped my pen into the inkwell again. Thank you.

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  3. So good to see you back, June! And yes, many prayers for those affected by the fires! I can't think of anything much more horrible!

    Sylvia

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  4. Wonderful to see your new post show up on my blogroll June.....Love your blog and enjoy your posts
    Linda

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  5. June I remember seeing this on the news, tragic and sad. So nice that you are remembering them in your post.

    I listen to the Australian Tennis Open on the net and really enjoyed listening to the announcers. There accents were wonderful, knowledge of game amazing but even more than that their sense of humor had me laughing out loud. One day I am going to be there in person.

    Take care/I care......:-) Hugs

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  6. Good to see you back - and spreading your love to those who need it.

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  7. I've missed you June. It's great to have you back posting again.

    "..facing the future surrounded by loved ones and friends." I heartily agree.

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  8. Hi June, Nice to hear from you and see you back blogging again. Yes, I moved to Wordpress. I like it better because you can do more with it but that is just my opinion. The fires were such a tragedy. Hope all is good with you. It has been a very cold and rainy winter here and I am so ready for spring!

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  9. I was missing your post June for sometime. Good you came.
    Very relevant what you have said. Our prayers to those souls who perished last year in the fire. As humans , we need to do a lot together.

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  10. Thanks for the visit Sylvia - always good!

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  11. LINDA
    Thank you. If this keeps up I'll feel needed!

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  12. BERNIE
    Yes - Australians are often a mad lot, especially where sport is concerned. I do think we have a good sense of humour and don't mind laughing at ourselves. We call it 'taking the mickey'.

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  13. PEARL
    Good to see your smiling face! And thanks ...

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  14. LADYFI
    You're pretty good at spreading love yourself. Hugs hugs.

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  15. Hi MARTIN
    You can't beat on tap support can you? We often say we're stuck with our relatives, but my goodness a solid family is a formidable force.

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  16. G'day JUDY - you Wordpress girl you!
    I gaze over the seas and am astounded at the weird winter weather everyone is having. And then I look at the floods we're having in Oz, and the fear of fire happening again any time soon and wonder some more.

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  17. NSIYER
    Good to have my Indian friend here again. Myself, I'm a big fan of working together with mates ...

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  18. Found you, finally! Good to have you back!
    Yes, its great to stick together, life seems easier!

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  19. God has greatly gifted you
    I enjoyed visiting your blog
    God Bless
    http://westbob.blogspot.com/2010/02/philippians-46-9-be-anxious-for-nothing.html

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  20. Hello Bob
    It's nice that you enjoy coming here ...

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  21. Your last paragraph sums it all up for me, June. We are a species that thrived and survived through cooperation from the beginning. In the face of devastation and tragedy that instinct often rises to the surface. I hope, we humans someday recognize that we are facing great environmental threats in our future, and we must stick together, if want to make it.

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  22. Spot on ROBIN
    We do seem to be fiddling while Rome threatens to burn don't we?

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  23. Speaking of loved ones and friends, I'll join with the others in welcoming you back!

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  24. DOGWALK
    Thank you thank you. It seems as though I have some fans!

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  25. Hi June,

    Glad to see you blogging again . I had to laugh when I saw you make comment about having fans - you certainly have them in abundance missus as well as the knack to make what you write wander seamlessly across the page...
    Another good one June - How is everything?

    Hugs from the land of the tartan and from me, Love Kate x.

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  26. KATE ME LASSIE:
    My face is pink!
    Mind you I am 73 and been writing (mostly professionally) since I was 15! I should have learned something about words ...
    Love back to you Kate. I'm well. I hope you are more settled now.

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  27. Settled in? What did u do with ur solar system? missing you on our blogs...

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  28. Hi, Just found your Blog and love it....want you to know I am 82 and just started blogging. Come visit: http://loisstearns.blogspot.com (It's Always Something...."
    I note that this is an old post....hope you pick up my late comment.
    Love, Lo

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  29. SMITA
    I'm loving my solar system - hasn't cost my a penny for lovely hot water since I put it in.

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  30. G'day Lo
    Good to meet you.
    I'm very interested in your blog and have put in on my sidebar as a good read.

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  31. Here you are - This is not where I use to find you. Hmmmm...I am slower than the average Seattlite.
    Tragedy is one of those times that certainly strains our faith, our stamina, and yes the grieving goes on. Grieving takes on different shades but it is always lonely.
    I hope you are well.
    Many blessings!

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  32. where are you -a-looking for you, again! on my blog& on yours!

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  33. Hi Grayquill
    You used to log into Journeys in Creative Writing? Welcome to 70 Plus. I have not been posting to either site for a while now but hopefully that is about to change!

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  34. Hi Smita - still here, but not so often ...

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  35. I'm happy to meet you, and you have a great attitude toward life. Yes, my prayers for all affected by the disastrous fires. I posted on my blog about a week ago about an artist and his sculptures, and how the fire near Marysville destroyed his gardens and home and how he rebuilt. Now, thanks to this post of yours, I know where Marysville is.

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  36. miss you and hope you are well. picked up a bike and been pedaling around..best c

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  37. Hi Terra - and welcome. Marysville and the many other small towns nearby are still battling the effects of their fires on their lives. Victoria itself is grappling to make new rules and laws to prepare for any future crisis. At least the summer just past was wetter and cooler and they avoided any new problems.

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  38. C.M. JACKSON
    Well done you! Bikes are the greatest. Yes, I'm well, but in the middle of moving house still - buying and selling. Yuck! And packing ... Yuck.

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  39. Hi June, it is so nice to be back here in your blog. Enjoy the weekend. :)
    And by the way, I love the flowers that you are posting. They are so awesome. :)

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  40. Thanks for the visit Grace. We are sub-tropical here and have wonderful flowers and plants.

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  41. Hello I am taking a peek at your blog. I
    have lots of blogging friends from Australia.
    Sorry to hear you were sick.
    yvonne from Maine USA

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  42. LA PETITE GALLERY
    Welcome. I've not so much been sick as busy with other things, including selling my house. It's been good to have a break from blogging too -
    I'll pop over to see your writing now ...

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  43. June, I just want you to know that I think about you and wonder how things are going for you. How's the solar hot water working out? We are expecting temps here on the weekend of 105 F.--I could have boiling hot water if only I had a system. I wonder why every house here in the desert isn't equipped with solar.

    Well, greetings to you from southern New Mexico! Would love to hear from you.

    Hold on a minute--I just looked back up at some of the comments. You're selling your house? How is that going? Hope all is well.

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  44. Hi Clair - good to hear from you! Yes I have shifted house and am having to renovate which is quite an effort, but will be rewarding in the end I hope. I'm exhausted as you can imagine, but excited at the prospects. Maybe have more time to dream and blog soon ...
    Hope your own new digs are up to expectations. Hugs.

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  45. June, so good to hear from you. Yes, moving is beyond exhausting. We are loving our new place. I hope you will get some time to come over to the blog and just wander around. I'm posting more photos all the time.

    Take time to rest, my faraway friend.

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  46. Always tragedies, personal or communal. I've had many personal ones. But we survive.

    I found you browsing, initially I think through lakeviewer. I'm losing track. It's getting late. Must soon put me and my disabled daughter to bed. I'm 70, working on a memoir, with an autobiographical novel coming out late summer. Life begins at .... (I've had two marriages too; have 4 children, 7 grandchildren. I'm glad I found you; though far away, you seem close. I am signing on as a follower.)

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  47. Hello Ann - welcome!
    You are so important to so many people - I've had a sneak look at your blog.
    One thing perhaps - I think we should all remember how important we are to ourselves ...
    Take care.

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  48. Radha
    Yes thanks - all is well. Just having a rest from blogging. Hope things are good for all of my bloggy friends!
    Cheers
    June in Oz

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  49. Praying for those involved with the fire.

    http://youcanfacetodaybecausehelives.blogspot.com

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  50. June
    Just a drop by hello.....Hope life is treating you well
    Linda

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  51. Thanks Linda - good to hear from you! I hope I do get around to blogging again soon ...

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  52. GREAT READING.i enjoy your take on a changing world and I have a special feeling for people who have to battle nature. Those fires were horrific. Thanks for a good take on your views. Polar Bear

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  53. POLAR BEAR
    Thanks for the comment. It's wise to pause and ponder upon the forces of nature!

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  54. June, I wish you a wonderful 2011. You've been one of those folks who have touched me heart. I hope you're living well :)
    Cheryl

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  55. Happy New Year, June, from southern New Mexico!

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  56. Cheryl my little Canadian poet ...
    Yes, I'm living well. Wonderful to see your green icon once again.
    Cheers
    June

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  57. Great to see you back! We missed you!
    Prayers for those affected by those fires.

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  58. "70+ and still kicking" caught my eye as I was passing by...fits me to a "t" as well.

    I have always envied those "down under" for living in such a beautiful country, and I have always yearned to visit it.

    Hate the floods and fires you expierance but pray for the survivors. My wife and I have expieranced flood waters and know how devistating it can be.

    I write a blog which I have entitled “Accordingtothebook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it. I’m your newest follower.

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  59. Hi I'm looking for your contact info for a bookreview/post?
    Can you email me at EdenLiterary at gmail dot com

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