Elaine Chick loves decorating gourds. It takes around 3-4 months to grow, a further 2-6 months to dry, and hours upon hours to decorate.

Gourds are part of the pumpkin family and have been used for centuries in places like North Africa and Egypt to carry water.

Elaine was first introduced to decorating gourds by a work colleague and has been decorating gourds for the past 14 years. Elaine often makes them for herself and likes to give some away to people she knows.

There's an old saying, "If you giveaway a gourd to a friend, it gives them a good life".

Music by Northbound - Forward

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