Yes, there IS a White Waratah and it
can be found at Wirrimbirra Sanctuary in Bargo NSW.
Wirrimbirra is a flora and fauna
sanctuary of over 200 acres of preserved native bushland. The area was originally
part of what ws known in colonial times as the 'Bargo Brush' but known and
frequented, much longer by the traditional aboriginal peoples including the Dharawal
The White Waratah is just one of the many
unique flora found in the area. A beautiful Dharawal legend tells the story of how the
Waratah became red (See the story below)
The volunteer run sanctuary is dedicated
to the preservation and conservation of Australia's unique flora and fauna with
the focus being on environmental and wildlife education.
As part of its commitment to wildlife
education it will be holding a Koala Day onSunday 12th April 2015 between 10.00am and 3.00pm
will be able to meet and have photographs taken with a Koala between 11.00am and 12 noon. Talks on the
day will feature the dangers Koalas and their habitat are facing.
There will also be Kids Painting Competition featuring
Bargo Billy and a jumping castle.
For further information please
contact Wirrimbirra Sanctuary,
3105 Remembrance Drive, Bargo
Tel: (02) 4684 1112 Fax: (02) 4684
situated in NSW, 94 km south west of Sydney and 3k. off the F5 freeway, between
the Picton and Mittagong exits.
of the White Waratah
Our story begins with Wonga the
Pigeon who used to live in the bushland with her mate. They would spend their
time on the floor of the forest gathering food and had a rule never to get out
of one another's sight. They had to stay below the trees because they knew that
in the land of the sky lived the Hawk - their deadly enemy.
One day when Wonga and her mate were
out looking for food they got separated. Wonga called out to her mate but there
was no reply. After searching around the lower branches of the forest Wonga
decided that the only hope of finding her mate before dark would be to fly
above the trees. She flew towards the tree-tops and into the clear blue sky and
started calling for her mate.
Eventually Wonga found her mate way
down beneath her but not before the Hawk had spotted her. He had seen Wonga and
was hurtling towards her with his strong beak piercing the air. Hawk caught
Wonga with a crushing grip from his great brown talons tearing her breast open
as he hauled her upwards. Wonga desperately tore herself free from Hawk and
plunged downwards towards the forest below.
Unable to fly, she landed bleeding
and broken in a patch of waratah bushes. Her blood trickled down onto one of
the white waratah flowers. She tried desperately to reach her mate by dragging
herself from flower to flower staining each of them a deep red with her blood
as she went. Eventually Wonga lost her battle with life and died as she laid
upon the waratah bushes.
This is why today most waratah
flowers are red, coloured by the blood of Wonga the Pigeon as long ago she flew
from flower to flower in search of her mate. Sometimes, although it is very
rare, it is still possible to find a white waratah just as they were back in
My friend Deborah and I are both English
born so we do love a good cuppa and our favourite brand is Yorkshire Tea (yep, that’s a free plug)
Tea is rich in antioxidants and a relaxing
and satisfying hot drink but those little bags on string and the leaves themselves
can perform some wonderful remedies for your looks, in your home and out in the
garden. It’s not just black tea that has benefits. Green tea and herbal teas
are included here.
Beauty, health and first aid
This one has been around for years and it
still works. Relieve tired eyes by placing cold wet teabags on them as an eye
pad for about 20 minutes. It will reduce the puffiness and it great if you have
been a teary. It is the tannins in the tea that make it work.
Most of us a conscious of what an extended
time in the hot sun can do to our skin but sometimes we do get caught out. To
relieve the stinging pain of sunburn (or other minor burns in the kitchen) some
wet teabags on the skin will help. If you have really over done it put some
teabags in a bath and soak the pain away
Just like sunburn a wet teabag will soothe
razor burn and also those painful little nicks.
Use a teabag or cotton ball dipped in tea
to help ease a poison ivy rash.
Green Tea teabags in your bath will make
your skin healthier.
Love the fragrance of your favourite herbal
tea? Keep it with you all the time by making a perfume sachet. Keep your used
teabags until you have about three. Open them and spread on newspaper or paper
towel to dry and use inside a sachet.
Plop a few tea bags in a bowl of warm
water, put feet in and let the bags do their job for about 20 minutes (I hope
my son is reading this!)
Get the grey
I must admit I haven’t tried this one but
if you do let me know if it works. Your own hair dye can be made with tea and
fresh herbs. Here are the instruction I found: Into 1 cup of boiling water add 3 teabags
and a tablespoon each of fresh or dried rosemary and sage. Let it stand
overnight, strain the next morning and put into a clean chemical free spray
bottle. Shampoo hair, rinse and spray on the tea
mixture evenly and thoroughly. Make sure you are not wearing clothes that can could
be stained by the mixture. Do not rinse, simply towel dry. In understand it
may take several treatments to finally get rid of the grey.
for dry hair
Use a litre of freshly brewed tea to rinse
your hair after shampooing
Use herbal teas in the same way for extra
shine and a fresh fragrance.
Drain a boil
Got one of those horrible boils? It can be
drained overnight by putting a wet teabag on it.
Bleeding gums from a tooth loss can be
painful for a young child. A teabag made wet with cool water placed on the
tooth socket will sooth the pain away.
Rinsing your mouth with hot peppermint tea
with a couple of pinches of salt added will ease toothache.
Pain from injections
That overseas holiday coming up might be
wonderful but if you have to have vaccinations before you go you might be
having second thoughts. It is also very stressful when your little one has to
have its childhood vaccinations. Hold a freshly dampened teabag over the
needle site and hold it there gently until the pain eases.
Used tea leaves or teabags sprinkled around
rosebushes as a mulch during summer. It will release nutrients into the soil
during watering and aid their growth.
Placing some used tea bags at the bottom of
the pot over the layer of stones or other drainage matter will help your plants
retain moisture and also infuse nutrients into the soil.
Feed your ferns
Water indoor plants with the remains of
your teapot particularly ferns
If after all this you still have some tea
left add it to your compost. Better still brew it a good strong pot and pour
onto the pile. It will help speed up decomposition and attract acid producing
Timber furniture and floors
Make a great cleaning cloth by boiling 3-5
teabags in 1 litre of water. Allow to cool, dip in soft cloth, wring out, wipe over furniture and buff
dry with another clean soft cloth.
sparkle back into mirrors
Use the same method as cleaning furniture
And one final tip
that “antique” look for white garments or lace put 3 teabags to 2 cups of
boiling water and allow to steep for 20 minutes. When cool soak the fabric for
about 10mins adjust the time to the desired darkness