Sunday, September 26, 2010

Found again

Sharing again one of my early-on posts, especially since I'm still waiting for someone to identify the spikey bit shown below. So, hope you don't mind the repeat.

Ever since I was young, I've collected bits and pieces of nature. I enjoy taking walks, tramping through woods, and keeping my eyes peeled for bird feathers, interesting twigs, bark, and of course, acorns. I've loved acorns all my life.

One of my favorite spots in our house is the living room bookshelf. On it sits an antique cabinet that holds my treasures.

Here's a peek inside. Of course, not all of these are outdoor findings. Some of these things have belonged to me since childhood.

Look at this spikey husk. I think it may belong to the chestnut family, but I'm not certain. If anyone knows, please tell me. Okay, now let's flip it over for the most amazing bit...

Can you see the little landscape--a grove of trees? God's art.

20 comments:

Joan said...

Hello, Nature Girl,
I believe your spikey bit is, as you've said, from the Chestnut family. It 's the hull or bur of the Horse Chestnut. I compared what Audrey's been collecting for me to a picture in "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady." Sure enough, right there in Edith Holden's account of September, she has a lovely drawing of two types of Chestnuts.

Your nature cabinet is so charming. And if I remember correctly, didn't your Fair Love give it to you to store your sacred finds?
That your wee shelves contain treasures from your walks and treasures from your childhood, quickens my heart.
I am encouraged that no matter how "mature" I grow, the little girl within will always be provided with plentiful and unexpected gifts.
The inside of that hull is proof!

Rayanne said...

That was amazing, the little landscape on the back of the spikey husk, and I have no idea what it is. Neat post and love your nature tresures!

Rosie said...

"God's art" is one of my favorites! Thanks for reposting. :^)

Ostriches Look Funny said...

YOU are so good at finding beauty. I have a lot to learn. I'm glad to be here, learning...

Val said...

I'd agree with Joan it does look like it's from a Horse Chestnut (Otherwise known as a Conker Tree) Now you just need the Conker from inside and a piece of string....

deb said...

a beauty finder....
I think that's a good way to live, I try.
but you are a beauty keeper too,
very wise.

and I think horse chestnuts are fascinating, though i've never seen one with a painting on the reverse!

Nancy said...

Yes! Chestnuts! I remember collecting those in the Fall on walks to school. Also, if you've ever read any of the Miss Read books, she talks about school children collecting them and then doing battle with them at recess (although I think she call them "clunkers" or something like that). I love the way your artist eye sees beauty everywhere, and I've always been curious about the curious acorn title. Well, maybe not always, but at least since I met you here. In any case, thank you for this, and thanks--ever thanks--for your continuing kind words to me.

Leslie said...

COOL! I love that landscape on the back. And I love your treasure cabinet. And I especially love that you re-posted this. People who've been blogging for awhile should do that periodically. It gives us newcomers a chance to see what we missed!

Thanks for your nice comments about my mom's art. I posted a little bio about her in the comments for that post. I'm very proud of her art, and I'm very grateful that she gave all of herself to be a great mom to us kids.

Jodi said...

Nancy, I love Miss. Read! And why Curious Acorn? Well, curious - I love learning new things, acorn - small, full of majestic potential, or sometimes just a nut.

Jodi said...

Deb, if you ever find a chesnut husk, look inside. I've seen the little grove of trees many times and it never fails to stagger me.

Jodi said...

Everyone else, thank you kindly.

amy said...

beautiful... reminds me of my daughter, she's 8, and an amazing lover of all things created. we have a table that looks a lot like your cabinet.

Nancy said...

And now I know. And, of course, you like Miss Read. Bloggity-blog. Who says that? You're right, sometimes you are a nut!

Cheryl said...

I agree with horse chestnut. Our walks home from school at the moment take so much longer as the children pick up acorns, hazelnuts, conkers and their casings. I'm going to look through there collections to see if I can find any beautiful tree scenes.

Kerrie said...

This is so special. :)

Rachel said...

What a wonderful treasure, love the husk with God's art, what a beautiful grove of trees, so cool!

Alexis Hallum said...

I love that husk and the trees inside are beautiful. I love how God leaves us little treasures to stump the mind.

Emily Young said...

I love your treasure corner! Birds' eggs, silver reindeer, glass bottles.... those are the best kind of treasures.

Your comment about "The Event" made me laugh out loud. Did you watch Lost?

Kim Hyland said...

I love to collect nature too, but it just gets scattered. Your display is inspiring. I want to find a special place for my treasures now. All your talk of acorns reminds me of when my big boys were little. They filled a dresser drawer with acorns and weeks later I found all their "treasures" along with little, white worms . . yuck!

angelina said...

jodi! what magic there is to be found..x

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