An Australian couple who lost their ceramics pottery in bushfires sweeping through New South Wales on New Year's Day are beginning to piece back together their lives.
Daniel Lafferty and his partner Gabrielle Powell showed what little remains on a tour of Bandicoot Pottery near Cobargo on Thursday.
Despite the brave help of two neighbours and a homemade firetruck and sprinkler system, the couple... Еще were unable to save their business. The studio, sheds, kilns and several vehicles were lost to the blaze. A few precious items survived, including a 2,000-year-old oil lamp from Jerusalem.
Empty promises from government have meant the pair are living without electricity, internet, fuel and with limited food and water. Yet they remain upbeat in typical Aussie style.
A fundraiser has since been created on GoFundMe and has already raised close to $17,000 (€15,000) from 270 donors.
Australia experienced one of its hottest winters amid heatwaves, as temperatures hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). The hot and dry weather conditions have led to severe and repeated bushfires.