8.15.2012

Nature Table

I've been arranging furniture for our new house in my head. I've decided to use our old tv cabinet by the front door as a catch-all for bags and shoes that usually get left by the door. And the top will be a little nature table. In my excitement I told Louise about the nature table, and somehow in her excitement my side table turned in to a nature table right now.

baby pine trees, rocks with moss, honeysuckle, sticks, cork, dried worms, and oh so much more.
Half the fun was organizing everything into little pots and jars. We discussed how to group things together logically, but also which things were more valuable for keeping. Louise and I might disagree a bit on the curating.

organized

Cicada Shells
John and the girls pulled a bunch of cicada shells (skins?) off the trees last week and they've been shuffled around quite a bit before finding their home in our nature display. June calls them "monsters." I'm proud of them for not being squeamish of bugs, but that doesn't cure me of my squeamishness.


Our phone line was struck by lightning last week, and we've been picking up bits of the insulator for several days. Louise also found a spark plug, a moss covered rock, and some bumpy rocks that she's pretty sure are meteorites.


We also have a decent collection of sticks, bark, moth wings, and pine tree seedlings. We even have a dish just for toys found outside, and its interesting to see how being left outdoors has changed them. I haven't figured out what these burr like plants are yet, but I think they're my favorite.

Initially, I was afraid our nature table would be made of gravel from the driveway and smooshed pine cones. But now I see I underestimated my little archaeologists. We're still on the hunt for fossils. No telling what will turn up next!

And we haven't even set up our table yet!

1 comment:

Marfa said...

I ♥ your nature table...we need to set one up. Those locust shells are awesome. I saw a live locust on our kitchen window last week! Big buggy eyes.