Fire and water are about as opposite as two things can be — and here in Victoria the balance is way off. Melbourne is thick with smoke and combined with the heat wave we’re in the grip of it’s quite oppressive.
Living in a bushfire prone area requires constant vigilance and smoke (at least the kind you need a stick to beat your way through) would normally be a sign of impending doom. It’s not at the moment since the smoke is from fires further afield, but it’s disconcerting to see nothing but haze out of every window. I’ll admit to being slightly obsessed with the local fire warning website at the moment, even when I ‘should’ be writing non-stop. Just between us though, I don’t think wanting to be warned of imminent danger is necessarily a bad thing!
My heart goes out to the communities in crisis and everyone who has been affected by the recent fires. We’re incredibly lucky to have an awesome fire department who always go above and beyond.
Stay safe wherever you are and try to maintain balance in one area of your life (if not all.)