Friday, 30 May 2014

Super Soft Dandelion

The image of the dandelion seed head is used on lots of products and i'm always on the look out to collect examples for the Dandelion Archive.

Here is the packaging for Sainsbury's Super Soft Toilet Tissue (pure white) which is apparently 'luxuriously soft' and has been 'specially designed to combine luxury softness with strength'. They advise that 'for best cleanliness and freshness why not use together with Sainsbury's Moist Toilet Tissue?' Slightly over promoting the consumption of more throwaway products.
The best claim is that 'buying this product helps you care for the world's forests' 
I've never quite understood the equation of buying more paper products = the protection of forests.

Anyway, i bought and used the toilet paper, sorry 'tissue' so i could have the wrapping in the archive. I've never experienced luxury like it.

I found this a couple of years ago - so not sure if it's still available.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Dandelion film

I've been making little films about urban wildlife - making observations of nature in what we might think are unlikely places.
One of the films is about dandelions and how they spread and live almost anywhere. Filmed along the A583 it shows a thin verge of grass wedged between the tarmac road and concrete path that's dotted with dandelion flowers that have self seeded there.
Click on the link below to see the film:

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Piglet's Dandelion

I was looking through old books from when i was little and found this absolutely delightful reference to a dandelion in Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne with beautiful illustrations by EH Shepard.

'The Piglet was sitting on the ground at the door of his house blowing happily at a dandelion, and wondering whether it would be this year, next year, sometime, or never. He had just discovered it would be never, and was trying to remember what "it" was, and hoping it wasn't anything nice, when Pooh came up.'