Our fire plan is to leave so I evacuated into town with the kids at around lunch time so we were safe as we waited to see what would happen to our house and property. We were allowed to come home late Sunday night and were very relieved to find that our property escaped pretty much unscathed. That is not the case for many of our neighbors or people who live in our area who have lots of property damage, but miraculously only two houses were lost in our area.
Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of support and thank you to the amazing fire fighters and all who support our the CFA and other organisations that did an amazing job to save homes and lives and who looked after us extremely well throughout the whole ordeal.
There are still fires burning north of us and in other areas of the state, and while we are safe, our thoughts are with all those who have lost homes and properties, or who are waiting to find out, and to all those amazing people out there fighting fires and helping.
The day before our fire scare it was life as usual and we were looking for fun ways to stay cool on a super hot day…
We’ve been playing with a lot of ice lately as a fun and easy way to keep cool during this long hot summer. We’ve frozen things in ice and painted with ice, but on the weekend we decided to paint ON ice.
I had already popped a variety of containers of water in the freezer a few days earlier because I knew we’d want them when our next heat wave hit. I picked some interesting shaped containers that gave us some interesting shaped ice blocks – some ‘nude food’ tubes that made cylinders of ice and some small round bottom containers that made little domes of ice.
We popped these fun ice shapes in our big tub (which is just a plastic, under-bed storage container) and got out the fluro water colours and some brushes and started painting! (Yes, we use the fluro water colour paints a lot, because the colours are so awesome! They were given to us by Micador)
We dripped colours onto the ice blocks, we made splotches and spots and swirls.
The colours swirled and mixed and dripped down the ice blocks… it was really quite beautiful, and so much fun!
It was a magical way to stay cool and play on a hot day!