My business card says that I am a writer, traveller and bamboo fan. When folk read this they often ask what “bamboo fan” means. They ask about my story with this amazing grass. I start with the tale about living in China, amidst so much of it and loving it. I enjoy standing around tall bamboo and listening to the noises that they make with the leaves rubbing against each other. Sometimes the canes clang if the wind is strong. When I learned how versatile bamboo is, how fast it grew, and other facts I found it crept more and more into my life.
House of Bamboo
I do have many items in my homemade of this amazing product. Bamboo earrings, sheets, bowls, towels, trays, clothing, and more. These days as I am trying to downsize, I have to walk away from the new items that appear in the retail outlets. I have had it growing in my garden and plan to grow some more.
When I travel I often research to see if there are any bamboo places to visit. I have visited bamboo farms in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. In China, I like to visit places where it is grown and the places that have a special place in their Botanical Gardens to see this amazing plant.
In 2012, I went to Bali to explore the market there and the houses at The Green Village where houses are made totally out of bamboo.
Something else I enjoy is watching the ABC program, Landline. I usually watch it not long after midday on a Sunday. Last week I missed it. I was in the city at a writing event, but I know it is always on the program’s website, so one can watch it later.
Today I tuned in to see what I had missed. Much to my surprise, there was a major story on bamboo, which included stories about Durnford Dart, from near Kenilworth in Queensland, who is a keen bamboo grower. His daughter is doing very well with bamboo shoots and is selling them to caterers too.
There’s a lot of interesting information. Do watch it – click here.
Update – June 20th, ’19
Tomorrow I will be visiting Belli Park Bamboo Australia, which is on the way to Kenilworth, Queensland. I have some books for Durn Darnford – returning some of his I have had for a while.
Will probably take a few photos and have a walk around his amazing property.
What do you have in your home that is made of bamboo?