Welcome to the second installment of my new regular post: plant-related objects that have recently come into my life (that I love). I have to admit that when I committed to making this a regular post I wondered whether enough plants and plant-related objects would continue to come into my life to make it a feasible series.
That fear has now very much been put to rest. Over the last month I have accumulated enough plants and plant-related objects that I could do three more posts. But let's not get carried away!
I have just returned from a fantastic road trip north through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, having reached the beautiful K'gari (Fraser Island) before turning around and heading back home again (you can see photos of this trip on my Instagram). These objects have all been collected on my road trip and have made it home, securing a permanent place in my life.
Seaweeds of Australia by Bruce Fuhrer, I.G. Christianson, M.N. Clayton and B.M. Allender
I purchased this secondhand book for the purpose of identifying local seaweeds for natural dyeing and eating. I'm in the process of learning all of the skills that I need to live self-sufficiently, and as I travel around this country I am realising that seaweed is bountiful all around the coast. So I can see that learning how to identify edible (and otherwise useable) seaweeds will likely be a useful skill if I am going to live near the coast. This book has already proven very useful as a visual guide for locating and identifying various seaweed species.
I have actually been eating Mojo Muesli for a few years now, but this time I bought it directly from the family who make it at the Mansfield Bush Market. I love this muesli not just because of the taste (it's really delicious), but because it is high in protein. This means that I can have the high protein (for long lasting energy) breakfast I like to have every day without having to cook eggs or beans. I eat it with coconut yoghurt or almond milk, and fresh seasonal fruit (if I can be bothered).
Woven seagrass bag
I bought this bag from a shop in Bangalow, NSW (I don't remember the name) to carry our towels and swimwear to the beach and waterholes. I really like it because it the perfect size, is strong and folds up really flat for travelling. Now that I'm home, I'm using it to collect foraged flora for natural dyeing. If I buy something on a holiday I make sure that it is going to be useful once I get home - too many spontaneous purchases in the past has left me with many an object that I have no use for in my everyday life!
Coconut oil + tooth tonic + remineraliser - a new teeth cleaning routine
About five years ago I decided to stop using conventional (ie. chemical and fluoride containing) toothpaste in favour of more natural alternatives. I've been using locally commercially manufactured natural toothpaste since then, but have been seeking out an even more natural, handmade alternative. While I was at The Channon Market I came upon Maya from Tooth Tonic, who makes all natural tooth cleaning tonics and a whitening remineraliser. Now my daily brushing routine is oil pulling with organic coconut oil (I use this cold pressed oil by Goconuts) followed by brushing with the (really delicious) fennel tooth tonic. Twice a week I follow up with a brush with the whitener/remineraliser. My teeth have never felt cleaner. Goodbye toothpaste!
These eucalyptus and banksia pods are just two of many Australian seed pods that I collected on my recent east coast roadtrip. I love collecting seed pods even more than flowers, because they last so long. I have pods that I've carried with my for years sitting in vases around my home, reminding me of the adventures I've been on long after I've returned home.
Not strictly a plant-related object, I know, but I've spent a lot of time gazing at this beauty that I picked up from the red dirt in country NSW since I found it. I really love the way that the colours of the earth run through the white of the quartz.