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Melissa in Australia

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  1. 10 hours ago, CuriousMomof3 said:

    How much did you spend on the stuff you did count, or would count if you were in a place that made you count?  Like reading, math etc . . .?

    it has been a while since I have had a grade 7.

     we didn't do time , but amount of schoolwork. they had to do a lesson  per day of math, spelling, grammar, writing, read for 30 minutes or a chapter. A section of science, 15 minutes of logic, a chapter of history once a week. We also did Rosetta Stone German  for approx 20 minutes a day.

    I read aloud for approx 1 hour a day a novel. mostly I read right at tea time. I eat fast and got very bored sitting there while every one else eats slowly. it fitted in nicely.

     it took them anywhere from 3 to 5 hours a day, depending if they wanted to sit there doodling or get on with their work. mostly they were done their main subjects in 3 hours and spent another hour in the afternoon doing either science or history. they could do their reading in the evening if they wanted to .

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  2. One of our neighbours told dh they have put in  100metre bulldozed  firebreak. To try and stop the westerly spread of the

    if this link works it shows the devastation at Cape Conran. 

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  3. We haven’t had any rain. The fire is just very slowly creeping, which is amazing as we have gale force winds today. They have a lot of resources on it (we hope), helicopters, bulldozers, firefighters, the Fiji army with rakehoes . There are lots of dry swampy heathlands that are within the fire area and are burning as well.

    we are completely frustrated by the lack of information and have turned into crazy people checking wind speed, satellite maps, radar weather maps,  hotspots, tuning into scanners etc multiple times a day.  I think DH and I can recite what the wind is going to be doing every 2 hours until Tuesday next week.

    All we really know is the fire ground is still burning and is slowly creeping. 

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  4. Forgot to add, if you have time, you are to block gutters and fill with water, remove everything away from the outside of the house and hose house and verandah down. 

    because we have had time we have also pulled down fences, opened inspection panels on top of water tanks  for hopefully fire trucks, cleared more than 100 tea tree , melaleuca and other shrubs, mowed flower gardens, raked,  raked and raked. DH has also put gravel along the bottom of exterior  shed doors and put. Rock wool around the sides of shed doors to stop embers getting in, plowed a circle in our cow paddock and put tractors and machinery within the plowed area.

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  5. 27 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

    I’m in an earthquake zone though relatively low risk. Below is what the state govt recommends for in the car emergency supply.

    “Emergency Supplies for Your Car

    We Californians spend a lot of time in our cars: commuting, running errands, enjoying the outdoors. In addition to your home earthquake critical supplies, you will need to prepare a car earthquake emergency kit. The purpose of the kit is to provide basics in case a major earthquake strikes while you are on the road, or you directed by a civil authority to leave your home quickly.

     Supplies recommended for your car include: 

    • Keep your tank ½ full
    • Water supply for 3 days
    • Nonperishable food supply for 3 days
    • Extra clothing and shoes
    • Small first-aid kit
    • Solar blanket or sleeping bag
    • Flashlights and batteries
    • Toilet tissue and trash bags
    • Swiss Army knife
    • Fire extinguisher ”

    Here we are told to take


    2 days of clothes

    all important papers including birth certificates,  insurance papers etc

    mobile phone and charger


    carry a wool blanket in car in case you get caught to help protect from radiant heat

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  6. I am living in a emergency right now.  (Declared disaster zone with ongoing bushfires coming closer all the time)

    for us food is not needed in the plan, it is what to pack for a fast getaway, what you want to save and what you can let go.

    we have evacuated 4 times in the last 4 weeks. Every time I have taken absolutely ridiculous stuff.  One time I had packed my old gardening clothes, the next time I took all the saucepans..... why I took saucepans I have no idea. When you are reacting to an emergency you think you are calm, but you are not. 

    we have Now shifted valuables etc. into a town to keep them safe.

    It is very stressful. Very stressful indeed. I am now very jittery. I have always thought of myself as a calm, organised,  down to earth person... not at the moment...... each time I am getting worse...I guess because the fire is so much closer.... now I am a shaking, anxious and  scared person.


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  7. When I was younger I had soft, fly-away hair. The type that wouldn’t stay in a pony, and little bits came out of whatever all day long.

     Now over 60% of my hair is grey, it is thicker and states in place much better. 

    I have hip length hair that I have worn French braided every day since I was 12

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