You never know what - a wandering seagull may drop on you
maybe even one of our emails - either way it'll
probably be a mess.
Well it's pouring down rain outside - which is a
nice change from the heatwave temperatures of last week. And
things seemed to have cooled off a bit down south too - to help with those
terrible bushfires in Victoria. We don't mind if it rains for a
week (and it's been a couple of days already). Penny stays
curled up warm in her cushions - and I sit here writing to you - while the
rain patters on the cabin roof overhead.
Yesterday was Friday 13th - and I attended a
funeral - on a bleak and wet, overcast day - which
always seems how it should be - when saying goodbye to a departed friend -
like the world is mourning too.
It was Gwen Morris - wife of John - who died last
week at 77 years. Gwen, while probably deserving most to be
remembered, for her love of all life, smiling nature, and here devotion to
her church and family - had the unusual - and in fact unique distinction -
to be known throughout the country - as the 'silkworm' lady.
For over 50 years - FIFTY YEARS - she had bred
silkworms in boxes on shelves in a closet in her home - and for FIFTY YEARS
- has been the main supplier of silkworm eggs - to all the schools across
the country - completely free - for children to
learn and experience the magic and wonder of them. And who of us
cannot remember - when we were at school - and had silkworms - and learned
What an extraordinary thing - that this little lady
- from her own home at Liverpool - should have passed on to children across
Australia - many millions of silkworms -
for 50 years - and imagine the joy and wonder she
has given to those schoolchildren by her selfless, and dedicated actions.
begin as tiny eggs. They should be placed in an open container like a wooden
bowl or cardboard box. Keep the eggs in a warm place, but not in direct sun.
They prefer temperatures of about 85 degrees and well-ventilated and moist
air. They'll hatch in a week or two.
Initially, the caterpillars eat
small amounts of food, but in the last two weeks, they consume huge amounts
of food. It is crucial to have plenty of mulberry leaves for them. The
amount they eat directly transforms into the amount of silk they produce.
to feed continuously and in temperatures of 78=B0 to 88=B0 F, silkworms can
go from egg to 1 inch in about 12 days, and 3 inches in less than 30 days.
They will begin to spin cocoons at about 28 - 30 days old or when they are
between 2 1/2 and 3 inches long.
Like her silkworms cocooned for a time in death
she will emerge transformed
to her full glory.
Well, as much as we'd like to say - that today -
dawned bright and new - bursting forth with new life to renew our spirits -
it didn't. And as though to continue it's melancholy theme - it
brought forth a wet and dreary Valentines Day. Traditionally
February 14th here - and I suppose every where else in the world that
supports Florists & Greeting Card shops. For the most part - it
seems to pass uneventfully for Penny and me - and once again - despite a
steady flow of emails, and photos - from new friends and old - across the
every single day - the computer today - has fallen painfully silent - and the
inbox shamefully barren.
So here's the situation.
That's right - ZERO - a
big nothing - totally ZIP
and I don't mean an archive file loaded with
provocative lingerie photos
I mean - not even a single email on any subject - has arrived
in the last 9 hours
I'm just about to write to Yahoo - and see if
their Mail Server - has crashed
but sadly I think the truth is - - - - no-one
sent us any emails.
They're probably all busy - celebrating
Valentines Day - somewhere else!
(and who could blame them)
So until next time
(Pssstt - it's Rodney's birthday
on the 17th - probably
another quiet email day - HA!)
bye for now