Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I don't believe I have ever seen such a beautiful flower.
It belongs to the broad-leafed Meryta, growing outside the office at Fletcher Christian Apartments. The Meryta is endemic to Norfolk Island - although I believe a very close relative grows on the Three Kings Islands at the far north of New Zealand. There are quite a few growing round the island, especially since the Forestry Depaartment started propagating them, and we have several in our driveway. But I have never seen one bloom as brightly and spectacularly as this one. Needless to say, the bees are enjoying a real feast!
Meanwhile, while I had my camera out, I thought I would capture a very pretty azalea.
And then the hydrangea, whose flowers , although dried out, stay on the bush right through winter, and take on a beautiful range of colours after they have lost their original fresh blues.
And finally the long-legged begonias, which bloom profusely right through the winter!
HELLO AND GOODBYE
Some of the Norfolk contingent setting off on a street parade last Saturday
There are teams from Norfolk Island in Squash, Tennis, Golf, Bowls, Netball and Clay Target shooting. One of the youngest competitors is Phoebe Evans, who, at 15, is representing Norfolk in Bowls!!
They are all going to have a great time competing and enjoying meeting up with their Pacific neighbours in a lovely tropical environment.
Peter caught unawares actually smiling for the camera! (Pity about the black spot on his nose - that is some dust in my camera!)
Charles has spent a few days in Wellington with kim and William before they all came home today.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Funnily enough I have no memories of ever being in the shop with my parents. They bought their weekly groceries and fruit and veges from shops down in the main shopping centre. They would leave a list, and pick it up each Friday. Nick Kakos' was the sort of shop that Mum sent the kids to, to pick up something at the last minute. It was also the sort of place you met other kids after school.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I have written about the plums before. These are only two of many fruits we have growing here. Some were planted many years ago by previous generations!
There are plums (5 varieties), grapes, loquats (currently in season), peaches, bananas, red and yellow guavas, China pears, avocadoes, nectarines, Custard apples, feijoas, persimmon, bush lemons and Meyer lemons, a rather tart mandarin, 2 kinds of grapefruit, 2 kinds of passionfruit, macadamias, and figs. We also have two very old orange trees that we did not know were there in the eleven years we have been back in this old family home. They have been hidden by bush, and only started bearing again last year, perhaps because some clearing enabled the light to get to them. What a bonus!
This page shows the Jamaican passionfruit, complemented by a beautiful bright orange hibiscus which grows beside Devon Cottage. I am quite proud of this passionfruit, because the plant was grown from tinned passionfruit pulp! Some years ago, I put some leftover fruit salad from Bounty Day into my worm farm. Then I used the worm compost in my pot plants. Next thing I had hundreds of little passionfruit plants coming up. It is a little tart, but has plenty of fruit in the shell, and seems to bear prolifically when the other kinds are out of season.
We recently planted another Mandarin, and I have an Egyptian lime in a pot nearly ready to plant out.
People coming to this island really miss the aisles of colourful, evenly sized and unblemished fruit that you see in the supermarkets of Australia and New Zealand. We do not import any of it. Everything here is seasonal and locally grown. Much of it never reaches the shops, because it is only being grown on a domestic scale. You may have to go searching for your fruit, but at least you know it is probably organically grown, fresh, and ripened by the sun!!!
Monday, August 06, 2007
I made a background of silk paper, and then applied mainly silk fibres with the machine. But because I seem to have every colour imaginable except for the all-important dark green, I used a few of the wool fibres. Actually, the wool seems to work a bit better than the silk. I tried using some exotic acrylic yarns for the stalks, but they would not "grab" well at all. Next time I will raid my stash of tapestry and crewel wools.
The picture is definitely not finished. It needs some surface embroidery and/or some beads. A suggestion of some seed heads or Queen Anne's lace perhaps, to give it some liveliness.
For the past couple of years I have been on the lookout for old pure wool jumpers at the Op shop. They make wonderful "felt" if you throw them in the washing machine and break all the rules about washing wool. I believe the process is called "fulling" rather than felting. I think they are going to make an ideal base for some embellishing work, and will be better than the pellon I used for today's project.
Friday, August 03, 2007
The funny thing was that at the end of the game, no one seemed to know who had won, let alone the score! That did not seem to be the point of the exercise.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines, some of the kids had set up their own informal game, no doubt inspired by their dads, granddads and uncles out there on the field.
Another Golden Oldies team is here from Bundaberg this weekend. We look forward to more action on the field!