Thursday, December 5, 2013

A December nature walk....

Earlier in the week, The Husband and I made a trip to visit Country Girl for awhile.  She and a friend had plans to go on a walk into the woods in search of honeysuckle vines to use to make baskets.  The baskets were to be used for fire starters, which they were also making with pine cones City Girl had already collected.

Of course, I left my camera at home!:-(  So, I tried to do the next best thing.  I brought home some items from that nature walk.

Small pine cones.

From the sourwood tree.

Lichen on twigs.  I thought this was cool!

Are you able to see the blooms from this wildflower?

I think I was told that this is a cone from the white pine.

A hemlock twig.

A white pine twig.

All of this was on the forest floor, so I didn't trim anything off of the trees.  There had been some recent strong wind that broke some of the smaller limbs from the trees.

There were many other things we saw on our walk, one being lots of Christmas ferns!  I had never known there were ferns that had that name!  The leaves have a shape that appears to be a stockinged foot, similar to an elf's foot.

We left to return home as the candle-melting process began.  The pine cones were to be dipped in this wax, creating a fire starter.  Plans were to make several of them to put in the honeysuckle baskets to give as gifts.  Country Girl had built a fire outside, so it was nice to be able to work around it, though the melting was taking place on a electric hot plate.

Country Man and the mission team in Honduras are having a good week.  He is scheduled to return on Friday night.

Also, NanaDiana's grandson is home from the hospital!  Thank all of you for your prayers and concern.

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  1. I'm sure that walk around the woods at Country Girl's home was most enjoyable! She truly has a vast knowledge about outdoor things, and you had a very good guide for your walk! Have a wonderful day, Sister!

  2. What a lovely walk, I need to make fire starters too. I have never heard of a Christmas fern, I would love to see one.
    I like seeing all of the things you brought home. I bet honeysuckle baskets are wonderful I used to use them to make wreaths. I don't have any of the vines here.
    Have a wonderful day Nellie.

  3. Your nature walk had given you some great gifts. I love the pine cone fire starter.
    We have lots of pine around our lane and I've got some old candles. Now there's an idea.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. This reminds me of when I was little and would always bring back remnants of my nature walks. Mom wasn't always pleased LOL

  5. You collected some wonderful things from your walk Nellie! I will be waiting to see the finished product!

  6. I love walks through forests.
    Lovely post, Nellie...

  7. Isn't it neat to be able to walk in nature, enjoy what she provides and utilize it for good things!

    Can't believe you forgot your camera. LOL! Glad you were able to bring a few things home.

    NanaDiana's grandson out of the hospital! That's wonderful! Continued thoughts and prayers to her, her grandson and Country Man.

  8. Nellie, you found some nice things on the walk. All of it would look good in some old jar. :)Every time I forget my camera...I miss a good photo shot. Hope you stay safe during the bad weather. xoxo,Susie

  9. What a wonderful walk. I'm sure whatever you make out of those items, it will be lovely. So happy to hear NanaDiana's grandson is home now.

  10. I always enjoy a walk in the woods.
    Nice collection of natures beauty.

  11. Oh- I love a walk in the woods and all the natural items you find there. Never heard of Christmas fern either.

    Thank you for mentioning my little grandboy! I had him here all day and it was so good to just have him out of the hospital. He is improving daily. xo Diana

  12. Love to walk in woods. It will give a peace of mind in us and will feel fresh with nice wind.

    You have collected beautiful things from the woods.

  13. Christmas ferns sound so magical! The girls and I love collecting things in our walks behind the woods. Sometimes, those things accidentally end up in the washing machine in the pocket of my youngest (smile).

  14. Nothing centers me more than a walk in the woods. With a friend, all the better. You have a very keen and observant eye to gather such great finds.

  15. I'm sure your walk in the country was relaxing....thanks for sharing what you gathered!