i am suffering from post traumatic stress disorder brought on by the fires. I have had a lot of treatment and still the smell of smoke sends me into a lather of perspiration and I start panicking about its vicinity. The sight of bushland in summer and at other times also causes the same reaction....who knows whether/where a fire will start after, say, a lightning strike - a very likely occurrence, particularly in Australia during summer months in Queensland and Victoria, or whether a strong wind will knock a power line down? But I also know it is irrational thinking on my part that such a freak and devastating act of nature of such magnitude will occur again in my lifetime.
That's how bad I am - my imagination knows no limits at the moment when it comes to likely scenarios for a fire. It even affects me at home! I can't go into detail about the fear I felt and the grisly sights I saw during that horrible day, but I do believe there is a God and he saved me that day, particularly given we were on a dead end road with national park all around.
Treatment is working to some degree but the real test will be fishing a river somewhere (good title for a fishing series.....ha!) and monitoring my reaction. At the moment I can't see it but you never know. I am determined to try next summer. I just thank goodness I have saltwater to concentrate on.
Otherwise, not much in the way of fishing from me this or next week, apologies.
There is a video that you may like to watch that encapsulates the terror and the numerous deaths but will leave it up to you to watch if you wish. I can't place the link here as I am writing this on my iPad and cannot figure out how to paste the link. The name of it however is Victoria ABCTV 2009.
I've taken the liberty of putting up a photo of my two dogs I had to give up because I couldn't look after them anymore after the fires (thank you for pandering to my sloppy side here and apologies for this rather boring front page) - I'm still coming to terms with losing them.....but time will heal, as with all else.
Happy fishing you lucky people.