I believe it was one of my nearest and dearest who coined the phrase ‘hard rubbish provides!’ This week there was a little hard rubbish about. It’s spring here and clearly some people have been moved to clean up and clear out. Hard rubbish (I am sure it doesn’t go by this name all over the world, even the English speaking parts) is when you put rubbish too big for regular collection out for council to pick up. Depending on your council area, there is either a time of year this happens and there is hard rubbish all over the neighbourhood, and people cruising around looking for loot–or, as in our area–you call the council and request a pick up.
I was very surprised to find the water well pictured above on someone else’s toss outs. This is a device invented in Australia for making sure that a newly planted tree gets water to its roots. Here is one in use on our baby quince tree.
I mostly make my own from large plastic pots (because hard rubbish provides those too). or, just build up soil around the trunk in a suitable small dam shape and call it done. But the proprietary version has handy features, like a seam that comes apart for removal from a large tree. So all I need now is a tree to plant, and as it happens I have one of those I prepared earlier!
BUT this is the real reason for the hard rubbish post. This is a window blind I picked up off hard rubbish years ago. I remember thinking it would make a great banner, and finally it has! A beloved friend drew the lettering and we painted it in. So for a while it was awaiting a picture she has the skills to draw. And then, our crew of climate change activist-singers Rise Up Singing Adelaide took it along to a controversial bike lane in the city (in case you are wondering, the bike lane is awesome!), and sang to the cyclists to thank them for doing their bit to reduce our collective carbon footprint. It was fun.
And did I mention that it is spring?