Tricia says ‘No’ to Plastic Bags

“My favourite shopping bag is this basket which I’ve had for over twenty years! My brother bought it on the island of Lamu, off the North coast of Kenya. The basket travelled with him through Africa, Egypt, Israel, London and Bali, each time arriving on the baggage carousel with all his belongings intact. Even though it couldn’t be closed, he never lost a thing much to the bemusement of other travellers and finally Australian customs officers. It shows you how much things have changed in the meantime.

He gave it to me on his return as a Christmas present, thinking I would appreciate it and use it. I take my basket to the Farmers’ Market each week. I love its lightness and strength, and the shape that so perfectly carries my greens and other squashables.

It’s woven in a circular patter n from some kind of grass, and is obviously much stronger than it appears because it’s still going. I feel a connection with the person who made it and their community on a faraway island, and to my brother, which is a nice feeling as I carry my basket round the market”.


Starship anterprise

Big black ants moved into this candle holder and we dubbed it the Starship Anter prise. What a treat. It’s like one of those science displays where you get to see the inside workings of things like a bee hive or a termite mound.

It’s been hot, still and humid and today winged ants emerged and arranged themselves on the outside. I imagine they’re getting their wings harder before they take flight.

There’s no shortage of trees and places in the garden where they could have set-up so it’s interesting they chose the starship. One good thing is it’s kept the ant-habitants out of the rain. It’s been a very wet wet season here.

While some may have reached for a can of pesticide, we’ve marveled at the ants for months and wish them well on their journey to boldly keep going where no ant has been before.