All that crocheting and the arrival of a very cold winter (0 degrees C) has seen my wrist taken over with rheumatoid arthritis. I knew it might hit me and I was hoping to get the throw finished but I have had to stop, 1.5 rows from the end. If I don't stop now it will get worse. If I do stop now there is a chance it will go away. I know it is lurking there just waiting for me to make a mistake. So no action at all. It is an autoimmune problem and my niece has it as well, although she has had to give up all her art work, and she worked as an artist she can't hold a brush or even a pencil.
So quite a bit of walking and photography. I'm storing up design ideas for the future. Years ago I came across the native hibiscus tree that grows on the edges of the beaches on the island. Their flowers are lovely.
The flowers drop onto the sand and change colour. A run of these scattered on the sand is a lovely sight.
But there is a beetle that eats the leaves and flowers leaving every thing looking rather raggie.
This is a 'jewel beetle' which is rather stunning in it's own right.
I have never seen them on this end of the island before.
Maybe it isn't them that eat the leaves because they are always found on the seed pods.
These ones aren't as bright as the ones on the northern end of the island but still, great colours. I can see these done as stump work.
That bright red on the underside is very striking.
I remember making a small quilt that featured those flowers. I wonder what I did with that?