This week ended for me with splinters, sore fingers, a new found respect for bamboo artisans and a “not-so-private” privacy screen for my outside shower.
I should explain … this week Bellingen hosted Camp Creative. An annual event, now in its 27th year, which attracts over a thousand participants to the town. Courses on offer include – visual arts, writing, crafts, digital imaging, indigenous language and culture, music, singing and dance. Adults and children are catered for, and if you’ve always wanted to learn Indian Bellydance Fusion, African Drumming, The Joy of the Mighty Uke (elele) or how to Build a Canoe … then Camp Creative is for you.
My chosen course, Bamboo Craft for an Eco-Future was over-subscribed, with one participant driving 1,528 kilometres from Phillip Island just to attend. The course was run for the first time this year by the lovely people from the Bello Bamboo Company. We harvested our bamboo from Kirsten and Rob’s property and then launched enthusiastically into building our chosen project. I think it’s fair to say that we were all under skilled and overly ambitious, but everyone had a great time and went home with at least one creation.
Mine was a privacy screen for the outside shower – but to avoid shocking my neighbours, I think I’ll be growing a small creeper over it!
Inspiration – maybe next year !!
The screen – waiting for a creeper
Phyllostachys nigra – a running bamboo too vigorous to plant in my garden
One evening early last year, I was standing on my balcony with a glass of wine in hand contemplating my garden when I had a sudden rush of inspiration. Whether it was due to my recent visit to Coco’s Cottage or the effect of the wine … who knows … but I decided it would be a great idea to convert my front lawn into sub-tropical garden beds. After much pacing backwards and forwards and the laying out of garden hose, I came up with a plan. Friends Brian & David helped by delivering multiple loads of rich garden soil. Jason the Kwik-Kerb man laid the edges, and I built up the beds with cardboard, soil and sugar cane mulch. Other friends added to my plant stock with donations from their own gardens.
Now growing happily in the new beds are … various gingers, pandanus, ornamental bamboos, a black sapote tree, a ylang ylang tree, tiger grass, pink bananas, galangal, turmeric, costus, and a beautiful apricot datura.
At the end of summer I’ll post a complete time-lapse article
with photos taken from my balcony ♥ ♥ ♥