It’s been a tough six-plus months, says Andrea. First drought then fire, then rains that destroyed the 3km access road to their farm. And now a caterpillar infestation has killed off any of their burnt eucalyptus trees that were starting to sprout again.
“It’s just so overwhelming and you think, ‘Oh, where do you go?’ And then you look at your place and you walk out and you go, ‘Oh God, everything’s black, yep, not today’ walk back in.
“It’s emotional and you think you’re alright … I learnt how to talk, laugh and cry all at the same time. I’d say to people, ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to burst out howling now but I’m fine.’
“[I am] very appreciative we live in the country that we live in. You don’t realise until something like this happens how everybody does pull together, it’s amazing,” says Andrea.
“We will get there like everybody else …. It’s hard but us Aussies keep going.”