An horrific day  by nicolecampbell

An horrific day

Today has been truly awful. People have lost their lives and their homes. The fires are catastrophic and my heart aches for the people of my country.

4,000 people were stranded on Mallacoota beach as the fire took over their town. The devastation the fires are causing is unbelievable.

The smoke has rolled in again and we can’t see the mountain directly in front of our house. It is a terrible way to remember the last day of the year.

I hope 2020 is a good one for you. I am taking a break from 365 for the foreseeable future. I don’t have the time to comment on your images and I feel bad that you continue to support my project when I can’t do the same for you.

Happy New Year
So devastating Nicole, I'm so sorry for everyone affected :(
I hope 2020 is good to you too & hope to see you back before too long.
December 31st, 2019  
Happy New Year Nicole
Hope you do pop in occasionally
December 31st, 2019  
So sorry about your fires, just heartbreaking. I will miss you but I understand how busy your life must be.
December 31st, 2019  
It’s horrible. The way fire is completely out of control. Sorry you are leaving. Your images are always well worth a stop. I dare say you don’t need to bother about commenting, reciprocity and the like: one of the best things here on 365 is that people tend to be forgiving... 🙂 hope to see you in the future!
December 31st, 2019  
The regular Australian fire updates on our TV and social media sites are totally heartbreaking. Our thoughts are constantly with all our friends in Australia and the wider Australian Community. I hope 2020 brings some respite and eventually life will return to a semblance of normality for you all and I hope that you will still occasionally pop into the 365 site, I have so enjoyed following you.
December 31st, 2019  
Happy New Year, Nicole, I hope things return to normal for you soon.
December 31st, 2019  
lovely capture
December 31st, 2019  
I hope 2020 will an end to the fires.
December 31st, 2019  
I am so sorry so many people are going through this. It is truly horrible and I will keep you all in my prayers.
December 31st, 2019  
such a grim time in parts of australia at the moment. hoping that 2020 will bring calmer times
December 31st, 2019  
HNY Nicole. while watching the newS about the fires l worried about you not knowing where you are in realtionship to them~! I am so glad you are OK and feel terrible for those that are not!
January 2nd, 2020  
My heart absolutely aches for you and your countrymen. It's beyond understanding, what you're all going through. I will miss your images while you're away; I hope there'll come a day (soon) the you'll be able to return. Please be safe.
January 2nd, 2020  
I can't imagine what it must be like to deal with the massive amount of fires raging through Australia right now. Not a day goes by without my thinking of all my Aussie friends from 365 and hoping they're ok. I'm sorry to hear you'll be off 365 for a while but certainly understand. You and your beautiful photos will be missed!!
January 3rd, 2020  
@m2016 @annied @louannwarren @domenicododaro @judithdeacon @peadar @pdulis @seattlite @mzzhope @pistache @grammyn @lyndemc @olivetreeann - thank you all for your kind words.

We are bracing ourselves for tomorrow, the temperature is expected to reach 41, strong winds are forecast and many of the fires will have the right conditions to join together. There is a fire just south of Canberra that is heading towards us and the south and west of the city have been put on alert, we are located to the west, literally five minutes outside Canberra, This morning I bumped into a friend at the shops, she was collected supplies for the volunteer fire brigade. She kindly waited while I ran around the supermarket also buying supplies of bottled water, tissues, chips, trail mix, muesli bars etc to donate to these very special people who are putting their lives at risk to save ours.

For people who have never experienced a bush fire or a natural disaster like this, it is very hard to comprehend what we are experiencing. Today is the first day in approximately five days where I can see a clear sky instead of being covered in smoke. One lady died in Canberra yesterday after she disembarked from a plane at the airport and was hit with the smoke, you couldn't see more than 10 feet in front of you yesterday. She had breathing difficulty and did not recover. Stories like these are just devastating and unfortunately there are so many. Our Country needs help at the moment and if you feel you would like to show your support the best thing to do is donate to the Australian Red Cross. The money will be put to good use. The number of properties that have been destroyed continues to grow and is in the 100s. Eight people have lost their lives and at least 20 people are missing.

Sorry to be so grim but I wanted to share what is happening as you have all asked and have been thinking of us. Thank you, your kindness and comments mean so much.
January 3rd, 2020  
@nicolecampbell I hope you make it safely through Nicole - I am not as close as you to fires but they are all around...I do have friends in Bega and on Kangaroo Island as well as in the Blue Mountains.
Stay safe 💜
January 3rd, 2020  
Thinking about you...
January 6th, 2020  
I was thinking of you Nicole as I've heard that you had some rain in australia....not enough I know but I hope the situation is a little better...I hope you are all ok..
January 17th, 2020  
Hoping you remain safe.
January 18th, 2020  
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