‘Sure glad they chose this place to settle.’ Iain passed his father a plate of stew, flicked the billy’s handle away from the heat and stirred the tea with a branch of young gum leaves.
Dreaming Billabong: Excerpt from Ghosts of Billabong
I remember my mother pulling up on our drive through the country to pick the new red gum leaves that emerge in early spring. She taught me to love nature.
If you pick the young round leaves of the blue gum you can preserve them in 50% glycerine and boiling water, just soak them in a jar of it until it is all absorbed. You can ass red or blue food dye for coloured gum leaves.