Thank you so much for all the positive comments and encouragement on my last post. At times I get a little insecure about the fact I dabble in so many 'arts'. So often when I am doubting myself you fill me with courage anew.
As we walked tonight I spotted a few of these wood like shapes on the ground. Immediately I thought of charms and nests and other jewellery. What are they? The base of a bulb - the bulb of a declared weed. If I can find a photo I will add it later ( my memory has let me down so I can not search for it by name ). These bulbs grow into beautiful long stems full of pink, apricot or white flowers. However they multiply and take over the natural bushland very rapidly, so I make a habit of pulling them out of the ground as we walk. I discovered that if I found bulbs that were just beginning to take root then there were 6 or 7 of these discs, just beginning to separate at the base. Miss Maggie was not impressed that I was the one stopping to dig in the dirt - I am sure her sighs were heard in the next state! I, however, came home with pockets full of treasures. They drill beautifully!
Mr Charles has a cold -his nose is running like a garden hose and he is either resting on my PJ shelf or cuddled on my knee, occasionally giving me a shower as he sneezes. I used to run straight to the vet, sure he was dieing of some kitty disease. Now I know he will get a cold at change of season and possibly one in winter; so I simply put something old and soft under his nose and cook him special treats. I have tried to explain that playing in the rain is not good for his health - but my water baby is particularly dense on this point. He will come in very cold and dripping water, throw himself in front of the heater and clean all over - then dive outside to start the cycle again.