Hotties on Tuesday in West Wollongong

Real hotties. 40C+ hotties, even at 7pm.




All taken from Mount Keira Road yesterday when I ventured out of my air-conditioned cell in The Bates Motel around 7pm.


Apocalyptic at The Bates Motel and Yum Yum Cafe!

See also my post Bushfire warning on my other blog last night.  We have today conditions the Rural Fire Service calls CATASTROPHIC.

The classification was introduced after Victoria’s Black Saturday fires in 2009 and is the highest risk rating the RFS issues.

According to the RFS it means that any bushfire that starts has the potential to cause significant loss of life and destroy many homes.

The RFS advises residents to:

– Check your bush fire survival plan – now.

– Monitor the fire and weather situation in any way you can: through and, or the media.

– Call triple zero if you see a fire.

The RFS also advises that if you are in an area of catastrophic fire danger

– Leaving is the safest option for your survival – finalise your options for relocation

– The NSW Rural Fire Service recommends that you leave the night before.

– Prepare to leave – check your bush fire emergency kit.

I received three warning SMSes from the RFS between 10 and 11 last night, and a friend in Figtree had 5 plus a phone call. Jim Belshaw questions the level of hysteria involved, and I do think he has a point. That is not to minimise the danger, but it could be the word CATASTROPHIC is overkill – especially before the event.


From my window last night



This morning – checking out the suitably apocalyptic sky on my way to the Yum Yum Cafe.

Flying Foxes at Figtree

See this story, and some excellent pictures, in The Illawarra Mercury.

A flourishing colony of flying foxes at Figtree is driving some businesses and residents batty. It is estimated that tens of thousands of grey-headed flying foxes have turned a patch of bushland just north of the freeway exit into their summer home.

“The smell is overwhelming and they gather at dusk in numbers that completely blacken the sky overhead,” said Chris Caroutas from Figtree Cellars.

WIRES bat co-ordinator Sandra Leonard has called for patience, assuring people the flying foxes are crucial to forest regeneration and will move on once the bush food runs out.

But Mr Caroutas said numbers had been steadily increasing each year and so had the stench. “Customers are constantly commenting on the smell, which is not good if that’s the first thing they notice when they get out of their cars,” he said.

It has been likened to cat urine, marijuana and lantana.

Hakan Karama from Star Kebab House described the bats as “annoying and smelly”. “Customers are always complaining and it seems worse when it rains,” he said.

Juliette Fox, an assistant at Pet Barn, said the squealing and flapping did not bother her. “Their numbers have definitely increased but that’s probably because they have been displaced from their natural habitat,” she said.

Nearby resident Con Stefanou from London Drive estimates the bats have multiplied 10-fold over the past few years and believes such numbers are unhygienic…

Since I was going shopping at Figtree yesterday I thought I would call in on the bats as I walked by. And the numbers are indeed amazing, something my camera could not really capture.




  See Flying Fox Dreaming–or nightmare? on my other blog for an extended version.