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Despite a long silence from us, there’s still lots going on at Yarnauwi, not least our ongoing attempt to clean up historic dumping in our erosion gullies. We feel like we’re closing in on the last 30 metres or so of junk to clear and now we’re so close to finishing it can sometimes be difficult maintaining motivation! While most of the material remaining is steel or demolition rubble, both of which we recycle or repurpose, there are still pockets of wonder in the form of various plastic domestic items. Happily, the plantings established in previously cleared areas are now well-established and working to stablise the exposed gully walls as well as restore them as habitat and an ephemeral waterway. We’ll write with more updates soon, but in the meantime, enjoy these treasures from the deep.

Specimen #51: Plastic clown launcher from a “Dandina Sky Dancer”, released in 1995. This particular clown is from the Italian Masque series of the toy. Intact toys from this series in original packaging are available online for a mere US$75.00. (Thank you to Pascelle for the ID, see comments below)

Specimen #52: Wobbling bear in winter attire.

Specimen #53: Battery operated toy train.

Specimen #54: Lightly soiled Boggle Junior console, dating from around 1988. Some cosmetic wear and tear.

Specimen #55: Duplo block with corn cob decal, from vintage farm set. This item, together with several other Duplo blocks have been studiously scrubbed with bleach and an old toothbrush by our kids and added to their collection.

Specimen #56: Vodafone card wallet. No plans to decompose anytime soon.

Specimen #57: Evenflo “Happy Camper” travel cot bag. The Happy Camper travel cot was subject to a mass recall and ceased production in 1997 following several tragic deaths when the cots collapsed on their occupants.

Specimen #58: Artificial poinsettia flower. The non-artificial variety is a member of the Euphorbia family, indigenous to Mexico and has been associated with Christmas since the 16th Century.

Specimen #59: Christmas bauble and tinsel. Our six-year-old actually gagged when he saw this. A fitting response to waste.

If too much dirt-flecked detritus is never enough for you, make sure you check out our Curated Junk page for more modern archaeology and disposable horror. Likewise, if you have more information about any of these items, let us know and we can add them to the catalogue! Thanks as always to our neighbours Rob and Pamela of Anacotilla Springs for their generous assistance in this project.