The Fires in Australia

February 10, 2009

During our year in Australia we spent nearly three weeks — glorious weeks — exploring the state of Victoria.   We drove the Great Ocean Road, we visited Ballarat and spent several days in the lovely town of Healesville. (The picture is from a cottage we stayed at in the Yarra Valley, just outside of Healesville.)  The people we met there were kind and welcoming; the landscape was beautiful, at times breathtaking.

Watching the news for the past several days, seeing the devastation caused by the wildfires that are sweeping across that same landscape, we have grieved for those who have died and for all who have lost their homes.  We share the pain of so many who have had their lives destroyed as the fires have spread, and we despair at the great harm done to this magnificent part of a country we consider our second home.

To all in Victoria, and throughout Australia, you are in our thoughts and our hearts.

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