The Ginkgo tree is considered a living fossil. It is one of the oldest living tree species. One tree can live for 1000 years and grow to 120 feet. The leaves are used in herbal medications.
Willow mentioned on her blog that she had a ginkgo tree in her yard. I asked her if she would send me some leaves when/if she had time. I soon received this lovely bag of wonderful ginkgo leaves. Arent they beautiful? Thank you Willow.
Yesterday I went to two open studios on the Putney Craft Tour. Noriko Isogai carves wood into beautiful objects. In her cosy studio I found ginkgo leaf earrings. How could I resist. The round object is a mirror. We talked about the ginkgo leave and also fruit. Although I read on-line that the fruit is inedible and seeds are poisonous, Noriko said that in China they crack the fruit open and use the seeds for healing.
Today my friend Old Pajamas is loading my storage unit boxes and furniture into a 14 foot van and driving up here with them, a 5 hour drive by car, perhaps longer via a van. I was going to hire a moving company to do this, then he volunteered. I am enormously grateful for this generous offer. So, late this afternoon, I will be unloading the truck, along with my son. Then all of me will be in one place. Tomorrow we will return the truck and may go on some open studio tours. Monday he will take the bus back to Cape Cod.