Like many Australians in the post-war years, I lived in a fibro house during my childhood ...
although ours had a nice garden, was painted pale pink, and was a bit bigger than this randomly chosen Google image...
Use of fibro (asbestos cement) as a building material is now banned in several countries, including Australia.
Unfortunately, a component of the original product was asbestos fibre, used to reinforce the thin cement sheets.
As we now know, asbestos is related to life-threatening diseases, including asbestosis, pleural mesothelioma (lung) and peritoneal mesothelioma (abdomen).
We played outdoors a lot, in the Queensland sunshine.
And we played making cubby houses - with leftover building materials, which included odd pieces of fibro.
There were six of us, so there was always a lot of energetic activity.
In the light of current medical knowledge, I have wondered if any of us will suffer as a result of the inhalation of asbestos fibres which must have occurred.
Only time will tell. Asbestos fibres that are inhaled through the mouth and nose can become embedded in the lining of the lungs, causing inflammation of the pleura and thus mesothelioma or asbestosis.
(This is me, with my fifth birthday cake.
Loved cake then; still do...)
A reader of this blog has informed me that November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, and has asked that I write a little about mesothelioma, which she has sadly contracted.
While asbestos exposure most often occurred in people who worked extensively with asbestos materials, asbestos-related mesotheliomas have been diagnosed in spouses or children of those exposed to asbestos. Workers brought home fibres on their clothing, hair, or person.
Asbestos is still not banned in the United States.
Help your lungs:
Avoid air pollution and exposure to toxic substances, and do not smoke tobacco.
Get fresh air, and enjoy nature...
I found this pretty pink flower in a forest at the mountains, where we took my Dad for a picnic.
High up in a palm tree, in the Red Cardinal garden, we have found the nest of one of the marauding possums ...
who have now totally demolished all parsley, pansies, petunias and geraniums.
The deck is bare...
We had a fierce storm today - no damage here, but parts of Brisbane were inundated by enormous hail.
The possum left the nest and went off to find a better hiding spot, possibly in the trunk of a tree.
Been sewing again, something involving polka dots.
Be good. You know why.