Saturday, 17 October 2009
Anyone who has read any of my posts since we moved to this village in May, will know that achieving this idyll isn't without it's problems. But they are problems that are easily overcome...and they do nothing to spoil the joy I experience when I wake up each morning to the wonderful view and the sounds of the countryside.
An incident last night though, stopped me in my tracks, and made me consider another aspect of isolation...that of risks and danger.
We had gale force winds yesterday and even though the temperatures were still around 80 degrees F, I had to keep all the doors and windows closed to avoid all the dust and debris flying around. Mid evening I could hear a crackling sound outside, didn't take much notıce at first as I thought it was the trees in the garden being battered by the wind. It continued and I decided to check on Beki and Milly to see if they were ok. When I went outside I could see a fire raging at the bottom of the hill..a pretty large one at that. For some reason all the street lights were out so it was difficult to see whether it was a house or something else burning. But most worrying was that it was spreading rapidly and the wind was blowing in my direction.
I phoned Mr Ayak and he was about to jump on the motorbike and head home, but apart from being an hour and a half away, I was very concerned about his safety on a motorbike in this weather.
I gathered up the dogs and put them in the house, then I unravelled the hose pipe in the garden, in readiness. I'm not sure how effective this would be, but I knew I would have a damn good go at protecting my precious dogs and me!
Three fire trucks arrived and at the same time Mr Ayak called me to say he had phoned someone in the village and they had said that the fire was under control. Trees and hedgerows were burning and they were quite close to houses, but the firefighters had responded very quickly...and eventually the fire was extinguished.
I suddenly realised my position...we are almost at the top of the hill. If the fire had continued to spread in this direction, I would have had no means of escape. I need to think carefully about this...I need to be prepared in future.
For me, isolation is bliss, but sometimes it comes at a price.