Christmas! What Christmas?
I don’t remember ever being so busy in the run up to Christmas. I’d made my plans to finish up and set aside Christmas Eve to do the shopping etc. Then our man, in his infinite wisdom, came and cut the hay. It didn’t go down too well when I told the wife she’d have to go out and and buy a pristine new vacuum cleaner herself and get it wrapped whilst I cleared the fields.
My holidays were spent renovating the new offices ready for a sensational 2016, so all in all I now need a break!
We did manage a fairly lively New Year, which was exacerbated by my son inviting 150 friends. All went well though until the following morning when a small group were asked to help clean up. Hungover and probably still a little merry, they made the henus mistake of not putting in the required effort demanded by my wife. They chose to leave rather than be subject to further encouragement and on the way one thought it would be fun to shoot a firework out of the car into our property.
I was woken from my slumber on New year’s day by my daughter stating that the paddocks were ablaze. Naturally, I told her to shut up and rolled over. She eventually persuaded me that this was no joke so donning my firefighter’s head went to investigate.
Sure enough a large section was ablaze. The last thing I wanted was to be suitably embarrassed by calling out my own brigade so I attempted to beat it out with my jandles. Not a chance! A fire in these hot, dry conditions moves faster than you imagine, luckily it was a day when the high winds we’re receiving were calm but by the time the guys arrived over a good hectare was gone.
It was a moment of stupidity by the teenager, who in all fairness came back the next day pretty shell shocked. The issue is that there have been a number of similar events and as this kid had been caught the police considered making an example of him. He was not only facing criminal charges but as I’ve already warned, he was legally liable for the costs of the rural crews.
As he did seem genuinely remorseful for his actions I took the decision not to press charges as this would have affected him for life.
So, all I ask this year is to THINK. We’re all in this together and a modicum of awareness will see us through.
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