Thank you again to everyone who has left messages here, or phoned and texted me. Mum is still amazed when I say 'people from Argentina and New Zealand are sending you their good wishes'. The power of the internet. Thank you, sincerely.
Power is still out and likely to be out for a month or so while they re-instate the burned down power poles; luckily dad has generators so they can boil the kettle and keep their fridges and freezers running (intermittently), so they can eat. Mobile phone communications also remain very patchy, which makes our conversations snatched and for me, unsatisfying. The main road down to the peninsula is not yet open properly, so I feel very impotent here, unable to get down to them and help physically to ensure their property remains safe - the risks are not over yet. As soon as that road is open safely, I will be gone.
Dad has estimated that they lost 75% of their landscaped/ornamental garden, and 50% of his fruit trees. But as he said, you can buy new trees. This to me indicates how close to the house the fire got and my mind boggles at what they must have gone thru to defend their home. I think they truly are brave and heroic.
As difficult as it is, I am trying to resume some normal routine. I have a cake in the oven right now, and hopefully I will share that with you soon; I am going to get on with writing about other things, if only to distract me from thinking of the dreadful situation. I'm sure you will understand this - please don't think I'm being superficial.
Thank you once again for all your well wishes.