Sunday, October 18, 2015


During summer vacations we had a little project where we got the chance to follow the whole cycle from silkwork larvae to cocoon to silk moth to eggs. It was particularly interesting to me as a knitter as they produce one of the most precious silk thread that can be found. Also the fact that they can survive in the Mediterranean climate, where we live, is interesting.

We received nine silkwork larvaes to take care of from Eddies kindergarden just before summer holidays started. We fed them with Mullberry tree leaves which we found in the neighbouring area. For weeks they ate day and night. Then one day one by one did they start cocooning. They remained in their white and yellow cocoons for weeks. Covered in the softest silk thread, the metamorphosis took place. Then the beautiful silk moths came. Blind, not able to fly or eat they just mated and laid eggs until they slowly and peacefully started dying. 
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orchids at home

Since our move to Cyprus, I've made a few attempts to keep orchids outdoors. The kind of orchid varieties you can purchase at the supermarket. To my delight last year a plant even had keikis (small orchid baby's), unfortunately which didn't make it due to some cold snap nights.
Have come to realize these kind of orchids aren't fit for the Mediterranean climate, much due to some really cold winter nights, but also the super strong summer sun (however which you could avoid by placing them smartly).

My next attempt with orchids at home will involve bringing them indoors during the coldest nights. First just need to figure out a good placement for them in the absence of window sills.
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