March 27th – Climbed the flowering puya chilnesis in the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Took me a few hours to battle with the razor sharp leaves at ground level then even longer to climb up to the flowers in order to get a good view, but I finally made it and got documentary evidence!
Did you know that this plant is often called ‘the sheep eater’ as its razor sharp leaves ensnare sheep which then starve to death and then rot down in order to provide the plant with nutrients? It’s not a very pleasant story, but it’s definitely interesting! I’m glad I managed to escape the leaves otherwise the plant would have to be dubbed ‘the LEGO eater’ instead!
First of all I would like to say a massive thank you to petrel41, author of Dear Kitty. Some blog, for my nomination. I logged into WordPress this morning to find a notification and I have to say it’s a little bit of sunshine in a few days of silly doom and gloom – so thank you for that too!
An archaeology blogging carnival?! How could I read that and walk away without contributing (albeit slightly late; Alas!)? So, thanks to Doug’s Archaeology I have once again got my blog on and over the next few months leading up to the next SAA (Society for American Archaeology) conference I will be writing little blogettes about my journey through creating and writing an archaeo-blog.
Well, today as we walked into the office we were greeted by a fascinating looking diamond shaped stone with a depression in the middle of it. We’re a little stumped! We’ve gone through the possibilities; could it be a mortar stone or is it something else? Possibly part of a door hinge system? Photos below;
Gosh!!! I’ve been nominated! I’ve got to admit, as soon as I found out I’d been nominated for The VBA by MizAnthropy I had to desperately search around to find out what exactly it was (if you’re wondering, click the VBA link above).