Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Faith and Hope


“Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.” Saint Thomas Aquinas

No, these are not my photos but a memorial to Australia’s worst ever disaster. I count myself lucky that my family is far from the regions affected and friends are accounted for.

Thank you to the volunteers which accounts for most of the front line fire fighters, Red Cross, Vinnies, Wild Life Victoria treating injured native animals and the RSPCA VIC for pets and livestock in Crisis. “

Thank you to the Sky Watch Friday group, Klaus, Sandy, Ivor, Wren, Lousie and Fishing Guy for allowing us to include links to this post.


p.s. we have an update the koala her name is ‘sam’ she is in rehab and doing ok considering

The volunteer CFA (Country Fire Authority) firefighter David Tree has been nominated for an award for his taking the time to care about the plight of wildlife.

Click the sky watch button to see the sky from other views all around the world.


32 comments:

Anne said...

So glad to hear that Sam is doing okay! :-)

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tara said...

I live here in the states and have heard about the fires.devastating. Glad to hear that sam is doing ok too...

Lori said...

i have been reading about the terrible fires on the blogs that i visit...what a tragedy, it's so sad how many have died and lost their homes!!!

sealaura said...

glad to hear you and your loved ones are out of danger's reach. when I saw that koala, it broke my heart. Will keep good thoughts going towards Australia.

Wanda said...

Hello, I am a new visitor. The picture of Sam was on our news the other day, I am glad to know he is well and the other animals are being cared for. The fireman looked like he couldd use a little TLC himself. Take care.

Guy D said...

Happy to hear Sam is ok. Allof Australia is in our prayers at this time. God Bless

Guy
Regina In Pictures

Kallen305 said...

The picture with Sam has left me with tears in my eyes.

So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those effected by this tragedy.

Photo Cache said...

we join our aussie bro and sis and our global community in prayer for all the victims and the families affected by the brushfires.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The world has your continent in its thoughts an d prayers right now.

Lilli & Nevada said...

I have seen this on tv and it is so touching I am so glad that Sam is doing better.
My friend who lives in Adalaide sent me news clippings of the fire. Also her brother in law is a firefighter who went out there to help.
Such a very sad thing to have happend

Babooshka said...

Sam has been all over the news here as a symbol of the cost to wildlife along with the human. Terrible times.

Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

What a lovely tribute. The stories I've seen and heard are all just so sad, those poor folks over there. Yay for Sam and his rescuers!

Sharon Ellery said...

What a poignant photo. The fires have been absolutely devastating. I drove through that area last year and to imagine it (and all those pour souls) gone is terrible.

Sharon

Linda Manning Findley said...

Mandy so glad you were not in the areas that got devastated ... I do hope Australia recovers soon ... Linda F

Naturegirl said...

Holding everyone touched by this Australian disaster in my prayers including all of nature so helpless..
Amen to all volunteers on front lines doing what ever needs to be done!

Deborah Godin said...

A terrible time, indeed - glad to hear you were safely removed from it, but many were not, and I join the others in our "extended blogging community" in wishing the country well.

Tammie Lee said...

Oh my gosh, that image says so much! So sad, deeply moving and beautiful. Thank you.

Rob Inukshuk said...

My thoughts and best wishes to those affected by the terrible fires and well done to the hero's who help those affected and especially those that fight the fires.

Glad to know you are safe and so is Sam, poor mite.

Judy said...

Yes we are the lucky ones - thanks for stopping by.
xo

LuLu said...

Keeping everyone who was effect by the terrible fires in my prayers. I am so happy you found my blog through Beach Cottage and leaving such a sweet comment! now it brought me to your blog and i have sat and read your posts... i have a life dream to make it to Australia and now through blogging I am wishing for this dream to come true one day.
LuLu

Sarah Schwerin said...

Wow - that flag photo really is moving. Thanks for finding it and sharing it with us. These fires have been absolutely horrific - but the nation's outpouring of generosity has been so amazing.

Carolyn said...

Sam's story brought me to tears, I am glad he is ok. Thank you for sharing and know that those affected are in our prayers.
Blessings and smiles

Meredith said...

Your image of the Aussie flag is extremely moving. It's been a surreal week in Australia hasn't it? Floods in the north, fires in the south and shark attacks in our most famous waterways. For all its abundance, it can be a harsh country at times. Thanks for stopping by. Lovely to "meet" you.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Pearl Maple, I was delighted to have you visit my blog, the Vintage Nest. I have been following closely the news over here on the fires in Australia. It's awful and want you all to know you are thought of faithfully and sending all our prayers. I have seen the koala bear on the news a lot too. We love you all. ~ Lynn

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Our heartfelt condolences to your whole country. What a terrible tradgedy. But what a heartwarming story of little Sam!

Godspeed Australia.

Jenny said...

mandy,

It has been ages since we have been in touch....

I am now a Grandmother. Kiara Rose arrived on Friday (13th Feb) weighing in at 6lbs 15 ozs.

I am moving further south at the end of March.....Will you be visiting your Mum before then? if you are, can we catch up??? SO MUCH to tell.

Take care,

Jenny.xo

Louise said...

Love this post. Thanks for the "Sam" info. Such a sad ordeal for so many.

Hope your move goes well. I can tell from the creativity I have seen on your blog that you will make anyplace a home in no time at all.

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

God bless all of you. Those fires are just terrible. Praying for all of you....

Kitty

P.S. - glad Sam is doing OK.

la la Lovely said...

thanks for stopping by my blog.... look at that cute koala.. it is so fun to see a picture of real one.. they look so cartoon like!
Best, Trina

Clara said...

Ohh Poor little Sam ! He is so beautiful Koala ! He has been very lucky to meet people who saved him ! I love Australia and i love Koalas !!! I gave at school several talks on Koalas. I have red books about them and National Geographic too. You are lucky to live in Australia :) I like you photos of sky very much ! so lovely colors ! You can visit me if you want, i hae a blog, i post a lots of photos of Paris, cathedrals, museum... i live near Paris in France. Bisous

jojo-caramel said...

The young lady above is my little daughter :)