Saturday, 12 June 2010

Smokin' Saturday

Holy Smoke... Well not exactly holy, unless you go with popular opinion that my street is the Gateway to Hell. There I was, shining my writing medal due to completing the first draft of a short story - Of Metal Towers and Postcard Wings - and about to knuckle down and get some work done on Theatre when it began to rain ash outside my window.

A good first thought would have been, "Ooh, time to write a volcano inspired story.'
Or maybe, "God's taken up the evil weed and is flicking ash in my garden."
Real thought, "The washing is on the line."

Neighbours being neighbours, I heard cries of 'the entire railway is on fire' and 'that tree has caught light' and saw a procession of kids heading up towards the smoke and flames. Scary! Actually, double scary. Having mown the lawn earlier and getting dead grass in my hair (and the house), I'd just washed my hair and now it's full of ash (slight exaggeration there), as is the hallway. Someone forgot to shut the door when she went to have a nosy at the commotion. That someone would be me.

Cough! Cough! Lungs full of ash. I really should take my own advice and keep my mouth shut. :D

Side note: While I may not survive the zombie apocalypse, I'm almost certain my flash drives, Olive Lemon and photos of the children will. I packed them all ready to go in case the firemen insisted we get out of the house.

14 comments:

onipar... said...

Dang, I hope no one was hurt. My actual first instinct was to post some darkly humorous comments about the fire... But I'd come off as a cruel monster if people were hurt in the fire.

Oh, and can I have a medal too? Mine would be for procrastination though.

Cate Gardner said...

Oh, I have plenty of procrastination medals, I'll send one along to you. :D

Cate Gardner said...

Eek! And I should have said, "As far as I know only trees and bushes were injured."

Aaron Polson said...

Good gravy, Cate. I hope all the ash is cleared and the danger over.

Simon said...

Glad you're OK, Cate. I dunno, though... it just sounds like chaos reigns wherever you go.

Alan W. Davidson said...

"The sky is falling, the sky is falling!" Hope the ash washes out of your hair.

Cate Gardner said...

It is, Aaron. :D

At last someone realises that, Simon. :D

Alan, run for your life.

K.Hinny said...

Shucks... *kicks Cates Blog* I was at work yesterday I missed Smokin' Saturday... can I have a Smokin' Sunday?

Glad you're all well and no one was harmed. :D

Don't worry, while you're scooping up the zip drives and children's photos, I'll be shooting the zombies :D I won't let anything happen to ya!

Jamie Eyberg said...

I hope you didn't have to re-wash the laundry.

katey said...

Oh good lord, that's so scary. But at least now you're packed in case of Zombie Apocalypse, and really, we all should be.

Cate Gardner said...

Good to know, Kara.

Nope, I saved them just in time, Jamie. :D

Katey, I think I can pack in thirty seconds and still take out a few shufflers.

K.C. Shaw said...

Yikes! I'm glad you're okay and not burned to a crisp! I bet you could get a story out of the event, though.

Danielle Ferries said...

Bloody hell. There's all sorts of inspiration in there. I hope no one was injured.

Cate Gardner said...

For once, it left me storyless. Though I do wish it would rain ash again if only for a *safe* moment - that was so bizarre.