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My First Kombucha

Bushfires near me
Watch the world (well state) burn at Fires Near Me. Thanks for all your great work, RFS!!!

So, it was 35 degrees here today, there were fires all around the lake and Cessnock area, and I was a little hot under the collar so finally decided to try one of the bottles of Kombucha based drink I’d won a month or so back but was yet to brave because WTF is this stuff??

Kombucha

And you know what? It may be the heatstroke, but this stuff was tasty! I can’t ever bring myself to buy anything with all the claims it has on the label, but I’m certainly going to try the other Tea Gardens Kombucha flavours I have at the back of the fridge!

Best thing? It’s a local hunter company, yup in Tea Gardens!

… as long as the fires don’t scare them away!

Headache

Spent the day in a 2-day stuttering workshop. News of the morning was of course around the bushfires with over 130 now confirmed dead, and people’s connections to them. Two of the girls used to work down around there, visiting the schools occasionally that are being used for evacuation centres. Trying to contact the people they still know down there. Another girl was up from Bendigo hospital for the workshop. Half wanting to be back down there, but knowing there was not much she could be doing down there there wasn’t being done already.

Others have family down there. One’s father in law was being a house… only the frame was up… and the fire stopped across the road.

Others were remembering the Canberra fires, which seem small compared to these, but for those who lost their homes or the houses right next door, the memories were still of fear.

So when 9am came, we all put our heads down and focused on the topic of the day. And so long as no-one gets back news, we’ll do the same tomorrow. Still watching the news (watching the north-east Victorian towns that I’ve spent time in as a student – Myrtleford, Beechworth and Yackandandah – half-smiling at quotes such as “if you’re elderly, with limited resources and lots of gum trees, bugger off now” knowing that’s the real world) and thinking of what we can do – giving money to charities and a shoulder for people to lean on when needed.

Red Cross Victorian Bush Fire Appeal – 1800 811 700.

Victorian Bushfires

I knew there were going to be bushfires on Saturday/Sunday. But I didn’t realise so bad. Victorian Bushfires killed at least 108 with that number going to climb again, because that’s only the bodies they’ve found, but I hear there are still people critical in hospital with burns :(

You can donate to the Red Cross appeal online or call 1800 811 700.

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