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September 2010

Once in a lifetime ~ Part 1 ~ The Wreath Lechenaultia

I have a mental list of all the things I must see in my lifetime. This week, on a trip from Perth to Shark Bay in Western Australia, I managed to tick three things off that list.

The first 'once in a lifetime' sight was the Wreath Lechenaultia in full bloom. 

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We nearly missed out on spotting this magical plant. After driving for hours we reached our destination just on sunset. A few minutes later and we would have missed it. I was so excited I didn't even stop to put on my shoes and delighted in tip-toeing barefoot through the Wreaths with tears in my eyes.

I'll be back soon to share my second and third 'once in a lifetime' sights.


The secret of dying grey hair naturally with Henna is...

...coffee. 

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I've been dying my hair with Henna for a while now. I love being free of all those toxic chemicals in permanent hair dye. But one downside is that the coverage of grey isn't usually that great, with the grey hairs being redder than the remaining hair. These 'red highlights' look OK when you have just a few grey hairs. But I no longer have 'just a few'. 

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So today, when mixing the Henna, I substituted the boiled water with hot black coffee. It's apparently supposed to help lessen the red tones, especially where there is a 'large percentage of grey'. And it worked!

Apparently you can also add egg, olive oil, or even yogurt to the Henna mix to help condition dry hair. I'll try some of these next time. 

A few more Henna tips:

*I apply my homemade moisturising body bar along my hairline to act as a barrier and prevent the Henna dying my skin. It works a treat and is petrochemicall free, unlike Vaseline.

*It's important to keep your hair warm when the Henna is doing its thing by covering it in plastic. We don't buy plastic wrap, so instead I cover my hair with an old plastic bag. It's a good look ;-)

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*For super grey coverage I leave the Henna in for 2-3 hours.

What a post. I've admitted I have more than 'just a few' grey hairs and have shared a pic of me with a plastic bag on my head. 

I hope you had a lovely weekend. I've been packing for our upcoming trip. I've just removed around a third of what I had packed after being inspired by these minimalist travelers.


Cycling to work inspiration

I seem to find an excuse each day not to ride my bike to work. It's mostly because i'm running late, which is a pretty slack excuse, because taking into account parking, its actually quicker to ride.

I want to ride, and feel good when I do. I love the connection I feel with my community. I love the chats I have with Little Eco as she rides on the back. I love that it gets me moving.

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I've just fallen out of the habit. But i'm inspired to get back in the saddle after stumbling across the Simply Bike Blog tonight. It's inspirational and full of gorgeous photographs of cycling in work clothes.

This inspiring video then sealed the deal. I'm going to ride to work without fail for the next fortnight.

I'm usually pretty good at breaking challenges, so to punish myself if I do fail, I pledge to adopt a threatened plant each day I take the car.

Wish me Sunshine :-)


Annoyed by sap suckers? Here's some natural aphid control tips.

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I've been noticing aphids on the new growth on our citrus trees for a few weeks now. I've been meaning to look into natural aphid control methods, but hadn't gotten around to it yet. Then last night the answer was delivered to my email inbox through the Sustainable Gardening Australia free monthly email Newsletter.

So this morning I went around squishing a few by hand and i'm going to plant a few plants that aphids don't like such as chives, coriander, garlic, onions, petunias or radishes. I'm also going to try the bright yellow plastic dish trick. Learn about these and other equally simple natural aphid control methods by reading the full article here.

Have a lovely weekend.