Last month my father moved into a small but well-upholstered room in a Home for the Incurably Bonkers.
In his last few months of freedom he made some peculiar financial decisions. One of these was buying a swamp. It's worth a tenth of what he paid for it. The bloke who sold it to him is not afraid of letters from solicitors (lawyers) and possesses many fine examples. I went over to look the bastard in the eye and inform him of my intention to pursue the matter till hell freezes over.
Hopefully that'll be the end of it. Flying back and forth across the country on tedious legal errands does not thrill me to the core. Let's look at some of the photos I got while I was there.
Xanthorrhoea AKA grass tree.
We had one of these in the backyard when I was a kid. Ours must've been impotent or summat because it never flowered, poor bugger.
There you go. Can't remember if this was two very close together or one with a double trunk.
Base of flower in amongst the leaves.
The flower spikes are anything from a metre to 3 metres long, usually about 2 and as thick as a can of Red Bull. They look soft but are really hard and prickly. Green means they're not in full bloom yet. They go soft and creamy yellow when they're in full bloom.
The spines (leaves) are about a metre long (3 feet), 3-6mm wide (1/8th inch), easy to snap, diamond-shaped in the cross section. A handful makes a great whip but you get yer eye poked out reaching in to break them off.
Fallen trunk of a Xanthorrhoea. Glorious colour inside, no? It's hollow up the middle and made of strange flat spines.
Couple more Xanthorrhoea photos
Kangaroo paw flower. Anigozanthos manglesii its proper name is. Grows to about knee height and in small clumps.
The red and green one is the most sought after. There's a yellow one as well. The texture is soft and velvety.
Blue sky this morning and a bank of grey cloud coming over now. The kookaburras were laughing again. My inbox is full of improbably named persons who want to tell me their volume exploded and a mate sent this amusing photo of two cocks and a ball.