in 1984 our then prime minister david lange (rip) banned nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed ships within a 22.2km radius of our shores.
on july 10,1985 the greenpeace ship, the rainbow warrior, was blown up in the port of auckland.
why the history? well, it all came about when i was helping prairie pack for camp. her class are off to a permaculture farm for their camp next week and one of the activities is cooking. she is really looking forward to this and i thought, a girl needs an apron. so, we went to the cupboard and looked. i suggested burlap (as a joke!) then gently led her to the linen. she wanted something bright for the pocket and ties so i dug around and found some hand screen printed fabric. it was made in the 80s in auckland, new zealand by a couple who called themselves 'footprints' in the middle of all the nuclearness. i had bought the fabric and made a gathered skirt and have always held onto to it though stopped wearing it many years ago!
in a waldorf school, part of the curriculum is a main lesson which is taught every morning and each subject lasts for four weeks. the lesson they are on is 'rights and responsibilities' so the fabric seems timely.
it will be a quiet week without our girl.
i got prairie to choose a button and it is perfect. i bought it at tinsel trading a few years ago - vintage bakelite. it reminds me of pounamu which is a new zealand jade also known as greenstone.