An amusing little venture this afternoon — Jo and I cycled up to a town-house development in Abbotsford to look at the display homes. It caught our eye in yesterday’s paper, so we thought it would be fun to have a look!

Very impressive loft-style “apartments, hugely spacious, masses of storage space, two or three bedrooms… and only three-quarters of a million dollars a piece! After admiring all the centrally controlled lights and entertainment equipment, poking our noses into all the cupboards, and leafing through the company documents that the developers have left lying around, we quietly left before the agent could embarrass us by asking how many of them we wanted to buy! I’m not sure what the privacy policy is of the developers, but all those folders marked “correspondence” and “invoices” probably shouldn’t have been left for visitors to leaf through — and they were definitely tempting fate by leaving the cupboards full of beer in the display unit!

Canberra’s Burning…

Yeow! Jo’s mum wasn’t kidding when she said last night that she thought we should watch the news. The bushfires there yesterday look like the worst on record — worse than anything I can remember in the 25 years I lived there. Four people dead, four hundred houses destroyed, who knows what else badly damaged…

All my family are north of the worst of it, all rather busy, but not in the direct line of any of the current fires. It does sound like the people in the country areas are more aware of the fire danger than those in the city, even though it is surrounded by bush.