10 comments on “After the Smoke has Cleared and the Rain had Come…

  1. Oh my, I am so, so happy for your rain and cooler weather! We will continue to pray for the drought-stricken areas, and for the trees and animals to be able to replenish, or reproduce and thrive. Those poor little koalas. 😦 We have always been fascinated by them as we don’t have any, of course. Your pictures of the kingfisher are stunning, and I really am always fascinated by those magpies of yours…loved the bathing sequence, and your grandson did a great job capturing the photos. I pray your weather continues to stay comfortable and more rain comes your way. God bless you and yours friend!

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    • Thanks Jen, yes the rain and cool weather was welcome while we had it, now it is hot and humid with weather report saying storms but thy never arrive. The impact on wildlife is yet unknown and many fear species loss, but will take another year to confirm. My grandson like his mum is becoming quite professional. He had a great time with us when he was here, and we enjoyed having him. Thanks again for your welcome prayers as there are still over 60 fires blazing out of control and no end in sight yet as we need a week or two of torrential rain to put them out. It was sad that 3 of your countrymen lost their lives helping put out the fires, we are deeply saddened as their families and children are without a dad. Enjoy your cool winter weather my friend 🙂

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  2. I’m so happy that your prayers were heard, Ashley. At least the rain will help control the fires and clear the smoke from the air. Your photos are very nice. Take care, friend… 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, Yes it is a blessing and we can see green again on our lawns. Today is the hottest though for a long time and it is still 32°C and it is 8pm, it reached 42°C today and the heat is relentless and dry winds fan the fires once again, so it is just a short reprieve, and we keep praying.

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  3. Thanks for the update! I’m sure even with the devastation, God will have it all flourish once again. Your blog is like a real-life illustration of a series our assistant pastor is currently preaching called, “A City Not Forsaken.” Even though Israel and Judah had been destroyed and carried away captive, God would not forget them. God declares the wasted lands will be restored and “thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” Isaiah 62:12. Thank God that He not only looks out for us, but for the land and His creatures as well! Praying for the same there in Australia. William

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    • Thanks so much William for your encouraging comment. Yes our Lord knows what he is doing with our country, and we believers are praying good comes out of all this, even spiritual revival which our country so needs. Have a great week!

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  4. I am so happy to hear first hand of the rains and smoke clearing in areas, including yours, Ashley! We continue to watch the news updates from the U.S. It breaks my heart for the wildlife lost and the scenes of those suffering. I pray species have not been lost entirely. And my heart swells when they show individuals everywhere helping the wildlife.

    Loved hearing your time with Jesse, he has the best teacher! 🙂 Stunning photos and videos by both of you. The close-ups of the Magpie bathing and preening, seeing its beautiful feathers were stunning. Fascinating to see the young Magpie’s plumage colors changing on one side at a time too. And I got tickled with the Top-notched Pigeon, who obviously has a bad hair day every day! 😉 Always great to find a little laughter in our every day life.

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    • Thanks Donna, it was a lovely time we had with Jesse, he is so full of life and adventure, and such a cheerful little guy it is encouraging. I was delighted in his photography. When he was home he sent another photo he took of a rarely seen bird, it was a good shot. Yes, the Top-notched pigeons are quite different from other birds and surprise people when they first see them, and also that they have such a small head. The Magpie project both David (fellow Aussie blogger) and myself are enjoying this year. It was so good that Jesse without realising that he was capturing such interesting facts about our special Magpie. Have a wonderful week my friend!

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  5. Our Australian weather has been so dramatic! But we are also grateful for rain too and all the wonderful people who are helping to heal our land and our wildlife. Its so good to see the bird life still flourishing in some areas too. Thanks for sharing 🍀🌈🍀☘️

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    • Thanks so much for your welcome comment Karen. We are very grateful for the rain and respite from the heat and wind. Today is hot again, but we live in hope of more rain and relief for the many suffering ones. Yes the way many have rallied to help and replenish has been a wonderful outcome for the devastation, and also that there are birds that have been able to relocate, we just hope we have not lost species. Hope you have an enjoyable and safe week where you are!

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