I had been meaning to post regarding this but I have only been popping in and out, I imagine at some point or another you all have experienced something like this, so you know what it is like. The Victorian bushfires are the worst thing this country has ever seen. The official death toll at the moment is 108, and expected to rise. Over 750 homes destroyed. That is thousands of people homeless. Two entire communities, Marysville and Kinglake are completely gone. The only time I have seen things like that is in war movies. The whole country is in shock, I know in our house, we have just had sky new on the tv all day, and we just keep wandering back in there to hear the latest news. We have been ringing everyone we know there, to see if they are ok but many phone lines and mobile phone towers are out and it is difficult to get hold of people, not many names of the dead have been released. New South Wales is also battling bushfires, which have thankfully not been as devastating. There is one about an hour from me, which we are nervously watching. We are ready to evacuate with the goats if need be, I hope it wont come to that. Alyssa is in Sydney, and although there are fires close to Sydney I think she should be safe, as well. Not to forget the north of the country, Queensland has been inundated with rain, the town of Ingham has been under flood waters for over a week. The Vic fires are the worst natural disaster this country has seen, in terms of lives lost. The last terrible bushfire was in 1939, where 71 people were killed. We have not heard about the numbers of stock lost, but it must be phenomenal. We heard from some friends yesterday, they had to evacuate and left behind 200 head of cattle and 100 pedigree working dogs, they took 10 dogs with them, that is all. Another friend had been fighting the fires and was just about to head over to their 100 acre block to see if any of the cattle were still alive.