After a long, very hot day busking in Peel Street in January, we were looking forward to cold drinks and a swim in the Namoi. Fate had other ideas. A huge lightning bolt hit the dry ground close to the horse paddock, scaring everyone up feeding the horses. A fire started within seconds and swept away towards neighbours. Action stations! Family members scrambled to phone 000, fill water drums, get pumps, industrial leaf blowers and hessian sacks. Kangaroos bounded over barbed wire fences and washed out gullies in their haste to escape. Neighbours arrived. Fire appliances arrived. Luckily the fire was put out fairly quickly with limited damage to property and environs. Whew. And then, to quote Paul Kelly, the “gathering storm” hit and cooled us and the fire hot spots down overnight.