Setting the world on fire for Sunday Stills
It’s been a HOT few months here in Tumbarumba, and most of Australia for that matter. And we’re burning up!
There have been bushfires burning out of control in Tasmania and there’s heavy rain and flooding up in the top end of Queensland. We’ve had massive storms and really the weather is being a bit extreme, even by our hot Aussie summer standards! Our little town has played host to a tent city with fire fighters using it as a base as they fight a particularly large bushfire nearby. On the other side of the world it’s snowing up a storm.
Over the years I have tried to capture fire:
A true story about calling the emergency line: Police, Fire or Ambulance ??
What a decision I had to make – police, fire or ambulance? The triple O operator couldn’t advise me, she said I had to decide which was more appropriate.
I chose police.
How ironic… I worked in a correctional facility and yet I was the one locked in, luckily for just a short time and not in a gaol – but in a stairwell!
It all started very early one morning, like 3am, as I had a bus to catch. The problem was that the bus left very early and I needed to leave my car somewhere safe for the day.
I decided to park in a big shopping centre that had 24 hour parking – at least I got that part right. My problems started when I tried to find my way to the ground level, as I wasn’t sure if the lifts would work or not. I did try them but then changed my mind and decided to take the stairs.
I don’t sweat, I sparkle.
Being a bit of a fitness fanatic, I always choose the stairs when I can and didn’t think too much about it until I was in the stairwell and tried to open one of the doors – it wouldn’t open! I went down and tried another door and another but nothing, it was all locked up tight. I wasn’t panicking too much at this stage but when I went back up to the top floor expecting the door where I went in to open, and it didn’t – well then I started worrying big time!
I remember telling myself to breathe and calm down. It didn’t work too well!
I couldn’t ring my husband (he was 300kms away and fast asleep in bed), I couldn’t ring my daughter where I had stayed the night as it was way too early, and I had a bus to catch, so I rang 000 (triple zero emergency number).
I have only ever called this number once before in my life and felt a bit foolish doing so now, but couldn’t think of any other options. The operator was very patient with me and asked the question police, fire or ambulance….I couldn’t decide for a moment but I decided to start with police. After checking my location city, state and my phone number she connected me to the Australian Federal Police. This seemed a bit over the top to me!!
The officer was very helpful and calming, asking me if my phone had reception and how much battery I had left (I started worrying that I’d be stuck in there for ages). She asked for my location within the shopping centre and said they’d get someone from centre management onto it. I received a call a short while later asking for my location and within another 10 minutes I was rescued by a security guard, much to my relief. I nearly ran out of the stairwell and he very kindly took me down in the lift and pointed me in the direction of the bus station.
I was very disoriented, which my husband pointed out had nothing to do with my little adventure! It really was quite a harrowing experience and one I don’t recommend to anyone who doesn’t like enclosed spaces.
The good news is that I made my bus, I survived my ordeal. I’m still not too sure about going into a stairwell though!
I’ve also been stuck in a public toilet cubicle – but that’s a story for another day!
But back to the topic – the sky can sometimes be said to be on fire and these photos show a range of fiery colours
Enjoy your week and stay cool, or warm, depending on your hemisphere and try to set the world on fire in your own indomitable way!
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