Since the house is on fire let us warm ourselves.  ~Italian Proverb

Isn’t ironic that I have been complaining about the cold weather earlier this week?  We really never have a dull moment here at Naturena.  We got home yesterday and there was a fire raging on land.

Fire! Fire!

Now we learned it apparently started on the south side of the property after we left in the morning.  Since the property is 5.8 hectare big, it took about 8 hours to reach the main house and surrounds.

View from our bedroom window

Since the wind picked up by the time we arrived it literally took 10 minutes to spread around the house.  Smoke was billowing from everywhere and the house quickly filled with the fumes from outside.  I must say, I was quite nervous although the house was not really in danger.  Remember we live on grasslands so the flames followed the tall grass close to the house.  The grass is kept short up to 3 metres away from the house so the flames kept away…thank God!

Luckily the kids were still at creche as I think they would have added to the panic.  So I called the fire brigade at 16h15 and believe it or not they have yet to come.  This is quite worrying.

Ashley trying to curb the flames

I will definitely take up this matter with the local fire department soon.  The good thing is the house is safe.  I was a bit worried about the 2 meerkats that stay behind the container, but Chris reassured me that they found their way back under the container.

Man is the only creature that dares to light a fire and live with it.  The reason?  Because he alone has learned to put it out.  ~Henry Jackson Vandyke, Jr.

This made me think…how many of us have a plan in case of a fire?  Ashley and I urgently need to brief the kids as to what to do and where to go.  Never underestimate the power of being prepared for such an event, should it happen.

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