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DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up (Take 2) Don’t Get Bamboozled

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Close Up.”

It is such a nice warm brown shade, so furry, so strokeable … is it my new pet?

Nice sheen & warm chestnut brown

Nice sheen & warm chestnut brown

Nice texture of fine fur

Fine textured fur, right?

So, what is it?
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My Bamboo Curtain Saga

While posting about my Bamboo chair, it reminded me that I have Bamboo growing in my Asian Corner. The Bambusa Oldhamii.
(The word Bamboo comes from Bambusa which is from Bambu, originating from the Kannada people of S. India whose language can be traced back to 300 B.C.)

We acquired our 2 teeny-weeny 14″  bamboo pieces from an undeveloped lot & stuck it in a small pot. It took almost 6 months to come alive & bear miniscule leaves. 1 day in spring we decided to put them into the ground to see what would happen. Nothing till mid summer, then more & more leaves began appearing from these skinny 14″ bamboo pieces. 1 day all the leaves disappeared without a trace! No dried leaves on the ground, no remnant bits. For a month, each time we saw small leaves appear then 3 days later, not a leaf left. Those 2 pathetic vertical things really looked like those disposal chopsticks from Chinese takeaways!

1 early morning we found a group of wild rabbits gathered around, enjoying their tasty home grown “chop-suey”. (Speak of feeling bamboozled!)
Out came leftover of my cheap plastic fence which I had used as bean support, and used it as a protective barrier.

Bamboo Babes in their little protected "cage".

Bamboo Babes in their little protected “cage”.

Then the growing really began ….
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Bamboo 2-in-1

To date I have not seen this chair/seat in Chinatowns of New York City, San Francisco or Orlando, not in London, nor Amsterdam either. When back in Singapore, I found out via friends that there is only 1 shop where these are still sold and are now 100 times what they used to cost “in the old days” when almost every household had at least 1.

Made from very thick bamboo, usually the Bambusa Oldhamii, then commonly found in Taiwan & China, these chairs were the old multi-use chairs. The smooth seat, which is made from slivers and are actually flexible, are tucked into thicker whole pieces. When an adult sits on it (grandmas loved them), it acts like a cushioned seat, so no sore behind.

The Smooth Top

The Smooth Top

Turn it to its side and it becomes a Toddler’s seat with a meal-table & leg support. Here you can see the diameter of each big bamboo culm & its thickness.

The Toddler's Seat

The Toddler’s Seat

I do not have a toddler-model but I think Froggy gives an idea. See the foot-support/panel? So toddler’s feet are safe from the ground. There are no nails used, put together by holes & inserts, just like nail-less carpentry.

Toddler's chair with 'Dining Table'.

Toddler’s chair with ‘Dining Table’.

It came with me to the US and is still being used by yours truly, while sewing on Mum’s old Singer sew machine, which was a wedding gift to her, from Oma (grandma).

My Sewing Chair

My Sewing Chair

and yes… I’m growing Bambusa Oldhamii in my garden.  🙂