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This morning, we sprayed weeds. I was much happier with the experience after it was done- some of the equiptment I'd borrowed didn't fit well. Including the rubber boots, which were way too big. I chose to wear the white protective overalls thing, and ended up looking like a Doctor Who villain.
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Yesterday everyone who was at class was asked to take some seeds home to soak for a experimental planting at Limeburners' bay, at the boardwalk site. We have five or six different species of saltmarsh plants, and I got a Tecticornia species, either grey or blackseed glasswort.

The saltmarsh plants grow slowly and take years to recover areas that have been compacted by having people walking on them or riding bikes on them. The seeds of these plants need the area to be flooded before they germinate naturally, so we were asked to soak them and change the water a couple of times (or put them in a stocking in the top of the toilet, which I did because I have a pair of ankle ones), and then we put a couple of buckets of water on the areas we were going to plant in, after having raked them up to give the seeds more space to germinate in.

Having the seeds felt a bit like having flecks of gold- I didn't want to lose a single one, because any seed I lost could be one of the seeds that would germinate. And the seeds are tiny, about the size of poppy seeds.

So yeah, today maybe we helped accelerate the spread of the saltmarsh plants into these compacted areas. A good few hours' work.

*I like the name samphire, even if we haven't used it in class much. It's like a cross between the words sapphire and vampire. But not a sapphire vampire. That would just be weird.
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I have been busy lately. Like, actually getting out of the house and doing things. The term has started back, so Tuesday I was back out to photo editing. Wednesday I tagged along with a cert 2 conservation group to Limeburners' Bay, took heaps of photos, and accompanied the group back to the classroom. Thursday I thought was going to be Horticulture, but the class actually starts back up next week. So I took some photos of where Rosewall Primary school used to be, and walked back. And I've still mostly gotten my writing done around that.

I got asked if I wanted to actually do the cert 2, and I am seriously thinking about it. It started off that I'd been asked if I would enjoy it and I thought it sounded interesting but I wasn't sure, so I went to check it out. And Limeburners' is cool. It's actually not far from where I live, and it's so unusual. It's a salt marsh, I think, and it used to be a lagoon before they dredged some of it so they could build a yacht club there. And it's... very much the opposite of what we still think of as a beautiful landscape- the natives plants are more often brown or red or gold or silvery than green, and the landscape is flat and smells of salt from the sea, and the area where the mangroves grew smelled like sulphur, but when you are actually there, it is a beautiful place. We carry so much of the mythical European ideal landscape of greenery as far as the eye can see with us that we can't see how beautiful the landscape before us actually is until we go and look with our eyes and not our cultural baggage.


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February 2012



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