Moving forward….leaving behind

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The past few months have been crazy! I have been rather busy packing up the past two years of life into small and medium boxes – some sturdy, some fragile, stuffing memories into overflowing suitcases and making “see you soon” promises that probably are as empty as the house we left behind…

Moving to a new place is always exciting, but it is also painful to leave behind a place you called home, familiar faces , accustomed roads….your comfort zone.

Well here’s to new beginnings…hoping what this wise man once said is true –  “All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.”. – Robin Sharma.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Dense (Mussels and Barnacles)

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Mussels and Barnacles share an interesting relationship of mutualism and competition (well from the little that I have read). Barnacles are better at starting new colonies, but they thrive better with the mussels around. However, once mussels are recruited, the density of the colony is dictated by and can be dominated by the mussels.  The barnacles can however also recruit mussel predators to keep the mussels in check. Love-hate relationships, that help both parties thrive. Nature is amazing! 

IMG_1189Mussels are dominating here. Time to recruit some mussel predators! 

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Way to go team barnacles 😀  

California mussels and gooseneck barnacles on a rock, EL Matador State Beach, Malibu, CA

In response to the weekly photo challenge: dense

Weekly Photo Challenge – Repurpose

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Kitchen mat and basket made from grocery (plastic) bags and a crochet hook. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, the three R’s that help protect the environment. Did you know recycle is the easiest step and the hardest one is Reduce. This is a display from the Boston Science Museum.

img_7648 We have been good with reusing and recycling, this year we are aiming towards reducing. So while I am planning to make more things with that big pile of plastic bags that we already have, we are trying real hard not to add to it. “Plastic bag free by the end of this year” (almost if not completely) – thats the plan. 

If you are interested in making yarn out of plastic bags to crochet useful things out of them, here is the link : yarn from plastic bags

In response to the weekly photo challenge – repurpose