Okay, Ellie’s mum here... 😄 We went through some of the bushfire affected areas today on a day trip from Canberra to the South Coast.
This particular bushfire affected 500,000 hectares, which is roughly half the size of Hawaii’s largest island.
It’s my first time back since it passed through about 6 weeks ago and it was rough.
Devastating, confronting, but also new growth and the greenest green rolling hills you’ve ever seen, so much so that I easily placed myself in Ireland!
The tough as nails Australian landscape, forged through long dry summers and epic droughts, has been largely decimated in the area with something I don’t even recognise, something that is in complete contrast to the usual muted tones of our landscape.
It’s heartbreaking but also quite stunning and I’m not okay with appreciating its beauty after such loss 😢
I think I’d forgotten somewhere along the line that bushfire brings new growth 😝 but honestly I’m really tired that we are supposed to accept anything that comes at such a cost 🐨🦅🐍🦔🐑 Anyway, met some country folk at a coffee caravan who travel waaaaay down the coast every weekend to spend money in the region to help local business recover and that’s my type of people.