We all "know" that Heaven is way up high and Hell is way down under

Right?

Australia is commonly known as The Land Downunder and we inhabitants know how "hellishly" hot our summers can be, even our winters are warmish. 

Recently we've had the uncontrollable furnace-worthy fires (of hell) too.

So what's going on?

Is "Lucy" growing bolder and staking his claim on this small part of God's green Earth?

Discuss...

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  1. I am sorry you are having a sleepless night.
    This summer has certainly been a foretaste of hell, with our 'hottest' months to come.

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  2. Elephant's Child; it's unusual for me to not sleep, I did get an hour before I woke up, then I read my book for a couple of hours before trying to sleep again and that didn't work so I've been trolling around the real estate sites looking at places I can't afford, some of them are so huge (and fabulous), my entire unit would fit in the living room! I wouldn't buy something like that though, who want's to be cleaning miles of windows and acres of floors? Not at my age!

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  3. Oh, I hate sleepless nights! Oh so often I get tired in the early evening and am WIDE awake when it´s time to go to bed.
    I have to say... I love your summers. At least in Perth, as it´s right at the ocean. But also the Outback was great. Once you get used to it, it´s wonderful.
    I hate the cold.
    Oh, Lucy should only say hi on Fridays - I do hope for more, really!

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    1. Iris Flavia; sleepless nights are unusual for me, even if I sleep a bit then sit up reading for a bit, I can usually still get back to sleep. I loved our summers when I was little and lived near a beach where I spent most of my time, but I can't handle the heat anymore, although it is cooler down by the water and I go sometimes.

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  4. The world has been watching what is happening here and wondering as weather records are continually smashed and a disaster over an extended period that has never happened before. Record breaking weather in eastern Canada too.

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    1. Andrew; they watch our heat and fires, we watch their blizzards and towns buried in snow.

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  5. How my heart aches for the awfulness of fires.

    Evil thinks it will win, but i am convinced it is playing into the hand of Good and won't know what happened when the final loss comes.

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    1. messymimi; I think the fires are largely under control or out and the beginning of starting over is happening as well as rescue and care for injured animals.
      Evil always thinks it will win, its hubris knows no bounds, and sometimes it does win, although briefly and good reigns again.

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  6. Hot weather for sure over your way but not down here, it's been patchy along with hardly any rain, now on water restrictions but only lower level.
    Temperatures were not recorded long ago but it's written in many writings before recording were kept in the old newspapers where there had some heatwaves with people dying because of them.
    Today's temperatures are high in some places but not in other places.
    Strange weather all over the world in some places....weather just doing it's thing.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel; I missed you somehow and skipped down to Joanne (*~*)
      Temperatures now are all over the place, with dusty winds, odd bits of rain, then hot sunshine. It's weird and maybe I'm unsettled enough by it to not sleep properly.

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    2. That’s not good regarding your sleep. Hope you do sleep well soon.
      Just don’t know where this weather is going, just strange. Take care..

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  7. For years and years, all over the world, it was what it was. We didn't realize what we were up to, environmentally.Don't know what will become of all of us, River.

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    1. Joanne; hindsight is always 20/20, but now that we know, we can do things differently and teach the next generations. We'll muddle through somehow.

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  8. Once in while I have trouble sleeping. I hope you will get good night snooze

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    1. peppylady (Dora); I hope for a good nights sleep too, but if it doesn't happen I can sleep during the day instead. I don't need to get up and go to work, or anywhere else if I don't want to.

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  9. I'll really try to discuss, even though you may have meant that to be rhetorical.

    Is the forest management strict there? I ask because people mention that when there are other fires. Is the underbrush cleared away often? I have no idea. I am just wondering why and how.

    Did people start the fires? I read some were arrested, but as far as I know no one has been tried. Could the fires have started by natural means, I mean from the heat and dryness?

    I would say it was not Lucy, but maybe it was Lucy. I would also say it was not a punishment by God. Why? Because He is not like that.

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    1. Sandi; tongue-in-cheek, because I don't think either God or Lucifer would be doing this.
      I know nothing about the forest management here, I do know there hasn't been enough clearing of underbrush because too often conditions were not favourable for a controlled burn to clear things, also a huge amount of the burnt areas is unpopulated or sparsely populated and the entire country is very, very dry. Some people did start the fires, some on purpose, some accidental, quite a few were naturally started, for instance one fire began when a dried out tree dropped a branch onto electricity wires and set off sparks that were then fanned by high hot winds.

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  10. I kind of believe we are at fault. Not you and I but those one percenters who cash in regardless of the price we must pay.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; humankind in general is partly to blame, simply by the sheer numbers of us going about our business, not realising the disruption to nature's way that we make by drilling, mining, damming the waterways etc. Decades ago, we could say we didn't know the havoc we were creating, but now we do and must try to fix what we can.

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  11. In the words of Dorothea Mackellar's "My Country"...,a poem she started writing in 1904 when she was 19 years old... nothing much has changed...

    I love a sunburnt country,
    A land of sweeping plains,
    Of ragged mountain ranges,
    Of droughts and flooding rains.
    I love her far horizons,
    I love her jewel-sea,
    Her beauty and her terror -
    The wide brown land for me!

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    1. Lee; nothing much has changed, only the enormity of our population growth with all that entails, regarding pillage of our wonderful wide brown land.

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  12. I have so memories of trying to sleep upstairs in Illinois humid summer. None of them good. I could write lots about those summers, but the stories are also about hell.

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    1. Susan Kane; I've read about your summer sleeping memories. I usually have no trouble sleeping and my sleepless night was the exception. I did sleep very well last night.

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  13. I have the odd night of insomnia with no good reason for it. But it is hell, the wandering, writing, reading, a bit of tea, the blues.

    Re the planet, I'm living under State of Emergency for a week now and all is silent and with high (some 12 feet) walls of snow everywhere and the army doing their level best to help out. It is the strange new world we live in but I would take my climate crisis over yours any day as we are more fixable in the short term and you aren't.

    I hope you feel a little more on top of your game soon.

    XO
    WWW

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