We had lunch today at the Bridgewater Mill in the Adelaide Hills to celebrate my brother’s 40th birthday. It was a surprise party for him, and a lot of fun for all of us … all the Xmas and Birthday presents that were missed last year and from my 40th earlier this year were also tossed around the table!! I took photographs of all the food consumed using someone’s little snap camera, so I am expecting them to be emailed to me before the end of the week.
But not all was fun…
Around 3.00pm a light aircraft came by very low, scaring the restaurant diners. A few minutes later the sounds of CFS trucks were heard throughout the valley. Yet we ate through our gorgeously expensive lunch, thinking nothing of it.
Then the wafts of smoke were smelt on the air. The outdoor dining balcony astride the Bridgewater Mill wheel, capturing water flowing presumably from a bore in the hill, meant that fly’s, bees, wasps and anything caught on the wind would be smelled by diners.
My future-sister-in-law was the first to make mention of the smoke, but it was the insistent sound of fire-trucks, low flying water-bombers and the rustling of trees that made many of worry.
As it was nearing the end of our birthday-lunch, I made sure to carry my camera as we drove away. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we couldn’t drive passed the location of the fire. Yet I managed to capture a few shots through the door window as we left Bridgewater.
All images compressed to 1200x900px on flickr, and displayed here at 250px wide. Originals photographed at 3888x2596px.
6:24 PM 29/03/2009: Read the full story of the 25ha grass fire in the Engelbrecht Reserve, Bridgewater.
6:04 PM 30/03/2009: The 62yo man who got trapped in Blackberry bushes lit the fire to alert attention. Houses and property were close to threat due to intensity of the flames. He will appear in court in June 2009