Our week was far from normal. Everyone will know Australia is in the middle of a crisis with so many fires. Today is another potentially very bad day and there are states of emergency, the army and navy have been called in. They are actually rescuing people on to a Navy ship.
Our area has had one of these fires. On Monday we had to evacuate our home and it was a terrifying day. We are very lucky as we still have our house and all our animals are ok. Chloe still has her house next door. But today will be very hot again and a north wind... so we are on alert and waiting as basically there is a smouldering huge fireground that goes on for miles both west and north of us.
I am going to write a seperate post on the fire and what we learned preparedness wise over the weekend. I have been talking about preparedness for years now. Suddenly we have a situation where thousands have no food, water, they are cut off and have no communication, trucks in their hundreds are stranded so no food will get through to many areas either. And if it did well the supermarkets are closed as they don't have electricity... Some places may end up isolated for a long time yet. So this is worthy of a post of it's own.
Today I will think of what ways I did still manage to build up our home and get ahead. As we did have some "normal" days too!
After last weeks gift of a canner, equipment and jars I realised my neighbour was still giving me more! Every evening she dropped by with boxes of jars. And they just kept coming. Some mornings I would wake up to find more jars next to the back door. I felt like I had a jar fairy! Every day I washed jars. I have lost count now but all my kitchen cupboards now look like this:
There are three more but you don't need to see inside all my cupboards! :)
Oh, beautiful shiny and thick glass, many with that old green tint to them.
And I have more coming. I figure that if God is sending me this many jars then He must be planning to send me a whole lot of produce! I will be ready!
This week I started harvesting basil, tomatoes in all shapes and sizes and also Parsley Seeds.
I had three sad bananas so I quickly made a nice big banana cake and put that in the freezer.
Also I made a big batch of GF Gingerbread biscuits and I freeze them so when everyone else has snacks I have something too.
My neighbour also offered me succulent cuttings. Her Mum is elderly and used to have such a great collection and they are neglected now. So this is some of what I came home with...
I didn't waste much time and collected up all my empty pots and containers and planted them up. I still have many to go and now will make up some as gifts.
I love them!
I have many spots in the garden where things have failed so these areas will be filled with succulents too. So what a blessing!
Considering the week I am pretty happy to have had such good things to report!
Over on The Tuesday Club We have started the year by reviewing our craft supplies and natural resources, i.e. I have lots of old floral cottons, wools, cotton yarn, card making supplies, my natural resources include pinecones, antlers, Bay Leaves, Rosemary, Gum Nuts etc. We are working out what we can be making with what we have. There are some wonderful ideas already. We are hitting the ground running on making our gifts and putting things to good use.
Now I will work on a preparedness post while the experience is fresh in my mind. Today we are on a watch and act alert as we have foregrounds to the east and north of us.
When we returned home it was dark. This was our sky...
This is what hell looks like I thought.
I hope you have had a good week. Almost all Australian's now know someone affected by fires and many are in a crisis today. I hope you are all safe.
How did you build up your home, increase your preparedness, add to your pantry this week?xxx