The only thing on many Australians’ minds as the year comes to an end is that our entire country is on fire. Canberra is finishing the year blanketed in smoke and suffering through a severe heatwave, and for some of the day we had an out of control bushfire five minutes from us.
The New South Wales South Coast, where many (most?) Canberrans either have holiday homes or have visited many times, is ablaze, with people evacuated to the beaches and the entire landscape burnt away.
We need a miracle for 2020.
Smoky, hot summer sunset in Canberra just now.
Bushfire smoke surrounding the gardens of our holiday property in ironically-named Smoko in Victoria a few days ago.
I’ve been in rural Victoria for the past week, and we managed to visit Mount Buffalo in the Great Dividing Range only an hour or so before the bushfire smoke from interstate rolled into the region.
Here’s a shot of the view – with the last blue sky of the year – though it’s already hazy in the background …
It seems the Harlequin team is in a hurry to get things done before the holidays hit. I was told to expect a six-week wait for my contract to arrive. Instead, I received it two days after I signed the deal!
It’s always a good feeling when – after so much work – you get to sign something with such a great publisher’s name on it.
What a great Christmas present. 🙂