It’s been a hot, hot week here in Australia, very hot. Here in Brisbane, we’ve got off quite lightly compared to many other towns and cities. That said, the temperature gauge in my car peaked a couple of days ago at 38°C, that’s just over 100°F.
Everybody has been feeling the heat, including snakes. This carpet python decided to take a swim in the back garden pool of one Brisbane resident. The noise, by the way, is the pool pump which they switched on to see if it would scare the python away. It didn’t…
A python was in the news earlier in the week as well, when a mother awoke to see one wrapped three times around her two year old daughter Zara’s arm.
As the mother pulled the python off of her baby, poor young Zara got bitten three times on the hand. She went to hospital but was released the next morning. A snake catcher went to the house to remove the python. He felt sure the snake did not intend to harm the baby but was simply “trying to have a group hug…” when it wrapped itself around the toddler. And those bites? “When you grab a snake, a snake in its reptilian brain thinks, ‘anything that can grab me can also eat me’.”
This all took place in Lismore on the far north coast of New South Wales, and you can read more about it in the Courier Mail.
On the downside, the extreme heat has put almost every state in Australia on bushfire alert. Hundreds of fires are raging throughout the country and I’m sure many of you have seen images of the devastation caused, particularly in Tasmania.
I will talk in more detail about bushfires in a future post, but what I will tell you about bushfires today is that they are not “Armageddon fires”. Armageddon is, according to the Book of Revelations, the place where there will be a battle when the world ends.
We also had a dust storm in Western Australia, but I can tell you that was not apocalyptic. Apocalyptic means the end of civilisation, I can assure you, we are all still here.
We had Dust Storms Sweep Through from Sydney to Brisbane back in September 2009, the world didn’t and then either.
Obviously though, HarvestArmy, a YouTube channel, do not agree with me. They talk about “The need for national repentance to hold back God’s hand“, “an apocalyptic week in Australia“, “fires burning throughout the land” and “sinister looking storms“. Best of all, we have “blood beaches“.
You can make your mind up for yourself, me, I think we are just having a hot summer…