Observant readers will note that I published this on Sunday, although it’s a “Photo Friday” post.  I’ve been meaning to share these photos all week and the neat Mum in me likes to stick with a theme, and share photos in my Photo Friday series. Apologies then for the slightly out of sync post, but it’s been a funny week in Sydney.

Bushfires around Sydney

This week, the bush fires throughout NSW, and surrounding Sydney, have dominated the news and our thoughts.

Smokey Sydney Thursday 17 October 2013

Smokey Sydney Thursday 17 October 2013

These photos were taken on Thursday in Maroubra, one of Sydney’s south-eastern suburbs. The smoke and wind picked up around 3pm. On Friday morning we woke to a strong burning smell.

Smoke over Maroubra beach

Smoke over Maroubra beach

It’s the first time Family Mum’s gone 2 Aus has experienced bush fires so close to Sydney and it’s an unnerving experience. We can’t imagine how scary and devastating it must be for those directly affected.

Getting dark at 4pm

Getting dark at 4pm

On Friday morning, with smoke hanging in the air, it seemed wrong to be carrying on as normal in the knowledge that so many lives were shattered. Sadly, the threat isn’t over as we’re due to experience more warm weather and strong winds this week.

For an up to date map of fires visit the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

Visit the Salvation Army’s website to donate to their Bushfire Appeal.

To all our readers, we hope you haven’t been affected by the bushfires; please stay safe.

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