RE: Invading wasps in South Africa.

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Such a mess. Especially with the water crisis and all of the trees that soak up the water. And the saddest part for me is that these majestic big trees have become such a part of life that it is sad to see them go. We have a very big (60-year-old plus) Australian Myrtle tree and it is technically a weed that needs to be taken out, but it is such a beautiful tree.



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Yes very sad indeed but then again they didn't have the situations that we have to face today.
Tremendous population growth, scarcity of water and so many other problems.
Shame yes the myrtles are lovely trees, but so are the oaks and many other types of foreign old trees.
In the end it's our survival that counts. Bitter but true.

!BEER

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True right. Sad but true. But I also think it is sad that with these "invasions of foreign species" we lose the local ones. The herbalist that I am, I wonder about all the wonderful food sources and medicinal sources that have been under our fingers but we lost countless years' knowledge with people who died without writing down their knowledge.

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My gran was an expert old fashioned herbalist and she fixed me up many times. But you are right as her potent potions died with her. I could have a bad cough and she fixed it, a growth in my left ear and she fixed it, a snapped off long white thorn stuck in the bone of my heel and she drew it out with a bandage and her potions overnight.
Now it is all gone.

!BEER

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Sorry for the late reply. This year started off hectic.

You see, that is exactly what I am talking about. It saddens me to hear these stories. Through the ages, people learned these things and in less than a 100 years or so we totally destroyed almost all of the local knowledge. Plus, with invasive species taking over, it in some sense renders these "local knowledge" ideas useless as most things have taken over from other parts of the world.

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oh yes, as they say, time moves on and waits for no one. Nowadays parents can't teach their kids the secrets anymore as all of the kids are into tech which the parents do not understand.
So the roles are reversed as now the kids teach the parents how to do e-mails and apps.
A sad turnaround I have to say as tech contains none of the old values, most notably respect for the self and all others.

!BEER

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True again! A reversal of roles without the added potential benefit it could have brought with it. Tech and the internet could have been such a wonderful place to share the knowledge of the old, but as you mentioned, the respect for self and others is lost. If it was not, there might have been a wealth of information on the internet (such as what we are doing here on hive) of the older generations.

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