During my absence I've lost touch with what everyone else is up to as well. So I want to hear from you. Tell me what's happening at your house at the moment!
So here is a catch up with some things you may find interesting........
A week ago, I would have said the biggest thing I was dealing with would have been trying to get my Mother's blood sugar levels under control...but thankfully that's all good now.......NOW the biggest thing I'm dealing with at the moment is VERMIN...It seems my crop of Madagascar Beans has attracted all the rats and mice in the street...Who knew there was this many....I mean it's not something I care to think about really......I assume they are all coming from the neighbours (3) that keep chickens....
I first thought that the damage was maybe due to birds, as most of the devastation was near the top...(where a bird could perch)...until I found evidence...droppings...large droppings......arrrrghhhhh!
First crop was totally munched....I picked a whole bucket of beans....every one damaged beyond edible.....Thankfully there's still hope because the vines are still flowering.......But I need to get rid of the VERMIN if I want to save any future crops.
|Ross and Joy made these items|
|Bark from the |
Brown Kurrajong tree
Cordage from the bark of the Brown Currajong
Seeds Left to Right:
Bunya (dyed with most likely red ochre),
Macadamia & Wisteria
|String made from the leaves of the Red Hot Poker plant|
|New Zealand bag using the leaves of a Cordyline plant|
|This basket is roughly twice the size of the one Joy made|
: Reason for not being finished...lol
Ross has more knowledge of plants and where they are in the area than I do...but I'm learning. Thanks Ross and Joy for all your help!
Here are the plants that we gathered............................
|This seems to be very brittle....Once soaked..|
it should be easier to manage.
|The base of the thicker plants can be used to make beads like below|
|Phragmites reed used to make the four beads on the top necklace.|
Cordage was Red Hot Poker leaves
|This large Flax will be excellent for weaving a basket.|
|Commersonia fraseri BROWN KURRAJONG |
|Commersonia fraseri BROWN KURRAJONG Foliage|
|I think this is the correct photo?|
|Inside the pod|
|The outer layer of the pod.|