We have had a really good apple crop this year, but once again the birds are having more than their share. Most of the fruit I have had to pick earlier than I would like, because of this...
There are - sorry were - 5 apples in this second picture! I have seen honeyeaters and blackbirds and pigeons having their share and today I saw some of the cheeky parrots. At least they come back to the same piece of fruit.
It is a pity they don't like peppers though. We have more than enough of them!
You can get the idea from this that the bush is loaded. And we have a second bush...
Now to the paper making. We visited a co-operative in Ahmedabad which provides employment and makes paper from recycled fabric. They were working with calico offcuts when we were there, and the output was a fairly thick paper. They use all sorts of fabric and all colours, cut into small pieces to begin. In between the photos of the process are a few interesting little things spotted as we walked around
A board showing the the cycle of fabric to paper
A mound of fabric awaits processing
On the wall
Where they pulp the fabric, and add colour if required. This is upstairs and looks down over the workshop floor below -
and a little broom.
They do printing too, and there were lots of beautiful sheets of paper and books to buy in the shop - some of it very fine.
Of course I bought a few things, but it is hard to know how much you can take, and how much you will be buying elsewhere...
I hope it is a safe and happy Easter wherever you are.