The setting was beautiful, the majestic grey leaved gums hosting a variety of birdlife including many types of parrots, with kangaroos feeding on the meadow-like grasses. Recent rain gave the feeling of lushness and growth, even though the autumn air was cool.
I love the landscape around Canberra, particularly the grey eucalypts. So I made sure I stopped by the Australian National Botanic Gardens to see their collection of native plants. My search revealed many different variety of grey gums, but I was most excited to find my first cinerea tree. I've used a lot of Eucalyptus Cinerea in my eco-dyeing explorations, however I haven't found it growing near Brisbane so I always have to buy it from a florist. It was lovely to finally see it in the landscape.
Now that I've seen lots of grey gums and cinerea, I feel like its time to do some more eco-dyeing.... the only problem is I'll have to give up one of the ten other things I'm working on at the moment! SIGH
|The Woolshed at Strathnairn where the workshop was held.|
It had an old wood stove,
next to which was my favourite place to sit!
(yes I'm a Queenslander who feels the cold)
|Strathnairn has lots of artists studios on site.|
I loved this sign outside of Studio 2.
|A dunny with a view.....|
|At the Botanic Gardens....|
if only I could sneak a few branches
into my suitcase....
|It has such a beautiful structure and colour,|
contrasts against the reddish trunk of the tree.
|Eucalyptus cinerea - |
I'm soooooo inspired to do some more eco-dyeing!