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1 hour ago, Jin said:

Dont they have toilet paper in NZ? You dont need to bring the whole roll just part of one and put it in your backpack or pockets. Were not savages, lol. :laugh:

Thanks for the laugh.

 

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What no pic's of the proper usage???JUST TEASING!

If you use fuzzy leaves here you will likely get a bad rash...

fred

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17 hours ago, Jin said:

Dont they have toilet paper in NZ? You dont need to bring the whole roll just part of one and put it in your backpack or pockets. Were not savages, lol. :laugh:

Hi Jin, The original mention in this post of this leaf being used for toilet paper was from the plant that grows in the old sluiced working that Simon & I were detecting. The plants were planted & used for toilet paper by the gold rush day Chinese miners. As was tobacco plants. And many different plum trees that are still producing fruit today. Also the bloody briar rose bushes that are just a menace weed plant today that the Chinese planted & used to make rose hip tea to drink for its vitamin C properties. Wilding thyme is also another massive invasive weed now. Although not in these old workings.

Good luck out there

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Hey JW, Somehow i missed reading the start of this thread. Was just trying to stir up Simon after reading his dirty fingers, environmentally friendly wet wipes and clacker comments, lol. :laugh:  

On the rare occasion when going bush unprepared Ive had to use what was at hand which was usually gum leaves.  I tried bracken (fern) once but without going into detail lets just say it wasn't comfortable for the rest of the day. Need i say my 4wd always has a spare roll packed away now.

 

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