– a Raat-Ki-Rani Cestrum nocturnum adapted as a Christmas tree. Lahore 23rd December 2013
In the course of moving things around yesterday a pair of large Kraits were spotted around the compost bins. I have my doubts as none were found later and everything was moved about. Kraits have a reputation for seeking shelter indoors in the rains. Their bite gives rise to 100% Mortality, when left untreated. They bite and hold on, tiny fangs pumping a surprising amount of venom for a smaller snake. Their neurotoxin causes no immediate discomfort and is often dismissed until full paralysis sets in. They have been known to bite people in their sleep, who then never wake up.
We moved all the spare pots during monsoon rains yesterday and made space for yet another compost bin.
Compost is the absolute essence of my garden, not that I produce any where near enough of it. I can see and feel it transforming the ground into something magical, spiritual even and definitely alchemical. This is the dark and friable philosophers stone. It’s nutrients visibly flow up into the plants and it’s other complexities meld with the plants feeding roots in symbiosis. Making and using compost has become one of my greatest gardening pleasures. What can beat the satisfaction of a full and healthy compost heap?
Hyde Park, London, circa 1850’s
– from a found map fragment.
New rug works, details
Dyed wool yarns
embroidery in progress.
A Water feature, one of a pair in progress for a new garden,
based on the Sharifa fruit or Custard Apple, Annona squamosa.
Thick welded copper sheet throughout.
|Carrots in the washing basket, 13 March 2010
I’ve been thinking about inserting carrots into this plastic washing basket since i got it about two years ago.It seems made for them. Though I hadn’t counted on its flexibility nor their weight. Then there’s the lack of symmetry in an average Pakistani carrot. These black carrots are amazing, they seem another whole species from their bland orange cousins. The bigger picture is a putting together of the product of industry and the produce of nature. Both are interventions of a sort, neither are “natural”. This goes beyond my anthology of plastics.
|Black and red carrots, 13 March 2010|
|Black Carrot juice, 26th March 2010, Lahore
Carrots in the clothes basket, 13th March 2010
Mixed carrots and plastic
Black carrots and orange plastic, 13th March 2010
set-up with Nikon D3
Dyed eggs for Naurose,
|Khaplu village from above, 23rd March 2010|
|Khaplu high plateau in search of lawn-grass, 23rd March 2010|
|Panorama with Huna, Khaplu 23rd March 2010|
|Black Peppercorn Haier top-loader, detergent free twin tub, 14th March 2010|
|Body parts, mobile phone advert, R.A. bazaar Bombings, Friday 12th March 2010|
|Washing down R.A. Bazaar, bombings, 12th March 2010|
|R.A. Bazaar bombings, 12th March 2010|
|Just outside Skardu by road, 23rd March 2010|
|Cabbage White’s eating all my Ruccola, 26th March 2010|