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The Grass Is Greener – #Inktober2019 Day 25

The grass is greener … where you water it.

In our case we water our vegetables, plants and trees and the grass grows although we have no lawn.  At least our chickens get to enjoy the grass.

Due to water restrictions in Western Australia limiting the days on which we can use our reticulation, hand watering is now almost a daily task as we move into late Spring.

I like the double meaning of the phrase – it’s an incentive to work with what you already have.

🙂
Helen

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The Grass Is Greener – #Inktober2019 Day 25

The Flower Blossoms – #Inktober2019 Day 24

The flower blossoms and the bee comes.

An abundance of native flowers, trees and bushes are blooming all around us in the Perth Hills of Western Australia.  The blooms are attracting many bees.  The air is humming around us and our vegetable patch is thriving as the bees stop by to partake of the nectar to be found there too.

Happy environment, happy bees, happy us!

🙂
Helen

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The Flower Blooms – #Inktober2019 Day 24

High Conservation – #Inktober2019 Day 23

We’re able to walk out of our back gate into an A class reserve, which here in Western Australia affords the greatest degree of protection to an area of Crown land.  Public classification and acts of Parliament are required to initiate changes.  This means we get to enjoy a range of native flora and fauna, including Stylidiums which I photographed on Day 23.

Stylidium are trigger plants. When an insect lands on the flower for a feed of nectar, a spring-loaded touch sensitive column hidden under the petals flicks over and deposits or collects pollen.

Apparently it is rare to see Stylidium with 5 petals as 99% of them have just 4.  So we are very lucky.

To learn more about Stylidiums go here.

🙂
Helen

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My Rescue Bowl – #Inktober2019 Day 22

When admiring a beautiful handmade pottery bowl at an Open Studio, I commented to a BFF who is a potter that it would make a lovely, but expensive hand basin for my ‘studio’.

My friend B replied that she’d made a bowl I could have because she intended to purposefully drop it because she was disappointed in it!  So, now I have a rustic looking hand basin in gorgeous colours of ancient rocks outside and glazed inside in a luscious deep blue.  The gloss glaze all over catches the light in wondrous ways – I love it!  I’m happy to have inadvertently saved it from being smashed.

The experience reminds me that one person’s reject is another’s treasure – and I, like others, need to be kinder to ourselves in critiquing our creations.

🙂
Helen

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My Rescue Bowl – #Inktober2019 Day 22

Green Beans – #Inktober2019 Day 21

Our local Wasteless Pantry posted on Day 20 about homemade baked beans:

Making your own baked beans is easy, healthier (less salt) and less wasteful than buying from a supermarket, and can be stored in small batches in the freezer for quick meals!

This – when we’d had beans from a can for brekkie! I’ll make a point of trying their recipe which can be found here.

🙂
Helen

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Green Beans – #Inktober2019 Day 21

 

It’s Not Easy Being Green – #Inktober2019 Day 19

On Day 19 we had a lovely family BBQ day for 17 at our place.  No disposables were used so there were a lot of dirty dishes.  The sight made me think of Hermit the Frog singing ‘It’s not easy being green’!

🙂
Helen

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It’s Not Easy Being Green – #Inktober2019 Day 19