Fake it till you make it

In the pink.

It’s one of those phrases people use without really knowing how it originated. Currently it means to be at a peak of condition, or in the best of health. That’s not a state I’m enjoying right now, so I thought I’d seek out some pink to see if I could turn the tide into a more positive frame of mind. So I went to look for pink.

I reckon I found some good examples. You have to smile: it’s spring in Queensland! I made this collage using the Adobe Spark free software for collages.

Also in the pink was lunch yesterday. So delicious, freshly caught prawns, salad, avocado and sun dried capsicums with a caesar dressing.

And finally, the latest Floribunda block, in progress. This is #5.

In case you’re wondering, that surface it’s lying on is a thick felted batting square which is one of literally hundreds supplied to the Husband as part of a spill kit for his job. I have appropriated a dozen or so for bag-making, padding and yes, block layouts so they can be easily transported from one surface to another. The pad is 16 inches square and roughly ¼ inch thick, a really useful weight and size.

Well, the pink has done its job. I no longer feel quite so green….

The Gardens of Chiconia 48

The banana tree has survived the cool snap. When I say “cool”, we went down to 6°C/43°F…

There’s no sign of cold nipping on the blossom, as you can see. This is how it was last time I showed you.

And this is now. It’s grown tremendously in a short time.

That bud is longer than my hand, it’s solid and sculptural, and with luck, there’ll be a good big hand of fruit. It has already begun to droop down to its final dangling position – I shall have to prop the tree, as the hand will be too heavy for the trunk to support. And of course, there’ll be the traditional bag cover, to keep off possums, fruit bats and birds. (I don’t worry about snakes in this particular tree, it’s too close to the house and where we park the car.) Most farmers use plastic now, but I’m going for cloth in the interests of reducing my plastic use.

The mango blossoms have also survived and have begun to set fruit. I wanted to show you have mangoes start off.

Those tiny round green ‘beads’ in the fading blossom are baby mangoes, and they won’t all survive (or we’d all be waist deep in the fruit). Later in the year, the ones that have held on will develop long stalks and start drooping down as they grow larger and heavier. I’ll keep up with what they’re up to and show you.

It’s going to be a bumper year even if only a fraction make it…