Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Heat and Fire

Southern California has entered the wild fires and Santa Ana winds season. While people 'down under' the other side of the equator are warming up for spring and the rest of the north is hunkering down for rain, snow and ice, we are facing wind, heat, and fire.

So far, Willow's Cottage has been affected only by the smoke from the Porter Ranch fire just north of Los Angeles. I saw the bank of smoke rolling along the foothills yesterday on my way home from tutoring and called The Professor to check and make sure that our area had not caught fire. No, it was the smoke from east of us.

Today, the students at my school were not allowed to run and jump at recess. Walking around the school yard was permitted. It seems that our air quality is at red alert. Ellen and I elected to pass on our walk this afternoon and spare our lungs.

I'm going to water our back garden before I leave for tutoring. And I plan to take extra water and a snack, just in case I am delayed getting home.



It's quite warm here so my thoughts are on cooling beaches and crashing surf!

20 comments:

Knitting Linguist said...

This sounds familiar. The Marine base is burning down again, and Rick went out last night to watch the lovely glow from the hill behind our house. Scary...

Flower said...

We watch carefully...from the tv tube, that is! Do be careful!!

Monica said...

I'm glad you are safe and not in harm's way. I need a trip to the beach. :)

ellen b. said...

Thankfully we don't have ash and the dense smoke we had from the Malibu fires. Love the photos of the waves at the beach...

M.Kate said...

hello Willow, here's hoping that the burning will stop and everything gets back to normal. we had a wonderful raya...my post still not up, had a fall during holiday and a fractured tailbone..all while taking pictures...much love and hugs to you :D

Lovella said...

Willow, I just saw a segment on our news about the fires. .. goodness, I pray you and your family and Ellen and hers stay safe.

violetlady said...

Stay safe, Willow. California does have its share of varied weather.

ancient one said...

Oh, I hate to hear that the fires have started up again. Just the few days of smoke that blew over us last spring made breathing hard and we were miles away from the fire. You be careful and stay safe.

Those ocean photos are so beautiful.

Deb said...

Watching the fires on TV as I type - hope they get it under control soon. I caught up with your posts - I LOVE the colors in the socks. You are an artist! :)

Barbara said...

Love the ocean pics and the new boy is getting moire handsome b y the day.

Islandsparrow said...

I hope the fires are under control soon and that there is no serious damage.

Your beach pictures are beautiful.They make me happy to look at them :)

Elizabeth said...

Do hope you are not too affected by the fires - but my heart goes out to those who are.
Still warm and lovely in New York.
Greetings.

Marg said...

I didn't know that you were so close.
Hopefully your location will be saved. I stay connected to the news.
The beach photos are inviting me...

Melanie said...

Beautiful photos of the sea. Here it is cooler 11-12C so I can't think of paddling.

Sorry to hear that your air quality is bad. Take care, Melanie

artgirlATL said...

Y'all are in my prayers. I hope the season passes quietly without any harm.
Hugs!

Sandra Evertson said...

Beautiful photos, stay safe and Happy Halloween!
Sandra

Pat said...

I hope all will be well, Willow, and that the fires go out soon. So scary!

I blogged about the bunny I purchased from you in my blog post today. :-))

Stay safe!

Jane said...

I wondered if you had been affected by the fires as they did make it to our national news although all the news seems to be about is the global credit crunch and what the different countries are or not doing! I'd much rather join you at the beach! Jane x

Renie Burghardt said...

My daughter has a brother in law living in the canyon, and there is such thick smoke, they had to evacuate. Very scary situation. I hope the fires are contained soon!

Lovely pictures. I hope you stay safe and well. Thank you for your visit.

Bethany Hissong said...

I guess I didn't realize that this happens every year! I guess that is one thing that isn't good about California. I hope this year is not as bad as last year. We've been freezing here and Craig doesn't want to turn the heat on yet!!!