Xanthorrhoea plants are also known as Balga Grass Plants.
‘Balga’ is the Aboriginal word for black boy and
for many years the plant was fondly known as a “Black Boy”.
It is thought that the Aborigines called the plants Balga
because after a bush fire had ravaged the land,
the blackened trunk of the Xanthorrhoea would
be revealed beneath the burned lower leaves,
and would resemble a child-like black figure.
Others believe that the plant,
with its bush fire-blackened trunk and long flower spike
resembled an Aboriginal boy wielding a spear.
Whatever the case, as the years have passed,
it is seen as an extremely racist name,
and is thought to be very offensive
to the original custodians of the land,
so the plants are more commonly known as Grass Tree,
because let’s face it Xanthorrhoea is a bit of a mouthful.
When I think back and remember how hard
I found maths and not a single practical application,
especially not taXes.
Window boXes overflowing with red blooms
Soxie…our last farm pet to pass away
The Cuckoo Clock Waltz required simple choreography…
…ad a lot of imagination.
…Clock with roman numerals…
…clocks made in far away countries…
Rhineland’s Cuckoo Clock Factory
has carved wooden figurines
dancing around to mark
the hour and half hour.
And again the
Flinders Street Clocks
mark the time of the next train
on each line passing through
…hanging baskets of
Geraniums and Petunias.
A nearby roundabout and
garden bed in
Hanging baskets of…
…Geraniums and Petunias…
Next week much closer to home.
Windows with a view…
…over the Rhine Falls.
In the spray…
Inside the Cuckoo Clock Factory…
…on the hour.
Not often that visitors get to view
a show from both inside and outside
as we could at the Cuckoo Clock Factory.