Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Park and What Is This

Today is a lovely warm sunny day, not fallish at all. I've been ironing about three hours and I need a break. I love to iron ,but enough is enough. It's so pretty out we decided to take Lily for a walk in our little park, just down the street from our house. We walk there nearly everyday. I love to pick up little pieces of nature and Lily sniffs everything and tries to find the squirrels in the trees. She can hear them but she can't figure out what's up there. I picked up these pretty little leaves, not much on the ground, no acorns today.... the maintenance men had just finished mowing.
They were trimming some trees and look what I got. This cutting is from a large tree, lots and lots of green foliage, with these beautiful little nubby balls. Red, orange and yellow , and even a green one. I wonder what color it will be? They remind me of candy or Christmas lights. I love them. Does anyone know what these are called?

I'm calling them pretty. Take a walk and see what pretties you can find.


Andi said...

Those look like Lychee nuts or fruit as some people call them. My aunt and uncle used to have Lychee groves and that's what the fruit looked like.

Nunnie's Attic said...

I love to iron too! I've never met anyone who shared that interest with me. But I agree, 3 hours would be long enough...


Michelle said...


You deserved a nice walk in the park after 3 hours of ironing.. I have a pile of linens to iron - maybe next week. I don't know what those are, but they look like candy to me! They are perfect for your fall decorations! Have a wonderful day and I will keep my eyes open for pretties.


BittersweetPunkin said...

OOhhh...they are pretty! I hope they dry nicely and you can keep displaying them throughout the Fall.I don't iron unless I absolutely HAVE to.

Counting Your Blessings said...

3 hours!!! Oh gracious. I don't iron enough through the whole year to equal 3 hours. I know, how is that possible?! I'm not sure either. =) Blessings... Polly

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Those are so pretty.....
I like to iron my linens and such, but not clothing.

Sweet Remembrance said...

Oh I'm calling them pretty too!
I love walking & picking up nature to bring into the home...
As far as ironing HATE IT!
I do it from time to time but don't like any part of it...

Andi said...

I forgot to mention...I love your Hummels. The Postman is one of my favorites.

FarmHouse Style said...

Were you in a marathon ironing race or something of that nature? 3 hours of ironing is hard for me to comprehend, LOL! I do enjoy ironing, especially my vintage tablecloths but about 15 minutes at a time is all I can take:)

I think andi may be right about the Lychee fruit. They do make a striking display.


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I don't know what they are, but they are lovely!

I don't like ironing...I do it only when absolutley necessary :-)

Mary said...

Wow, I can't remember the last time I ironed at all, let alone 3 hours! Isn't it funny how a lot of us get the urge to pick up leaves and nuts and things on our walks!

Back Through Time said...

Gee that stuff is so colorful I was figuring it was fake! Wow what cool stuff you got out and found, nothing like that in the midwest
Hope you're having a great weekend!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I have never seen anything like that but it's so pretty and perfect for Fall decorating. I found some Osage oranges today that had fallen from the tree at the County Courthouse. Scooped some up to display in a glass bowl.

Kathleen Grace said...

Those balls you cut from the trees are such beautiful colors, I have no idea what they are. I can't say I LOVE ironing, but I dont mind it and sometimes I really like it. My grandma used to let me iron pillowcases and other easy things when I was little and I thought it was a treat:>) LOL Now I just do my tablecloths, napkins and pillowcases, oh, and shirts, but I don't like shirts.

Natasha Burns said...

Hi Linda,
You love ironing? Oh gosh that is one thing I refuse to do unless it is fabric I am crafing with, seriously! I buy stuff that doesn't need ironing, lol!

That berry you found is a strawberry tree. I actually knew something about a plant for a change! We have these in Australia too and I loved them so much I looked into them once.

Here's the info on them on wikipedia

Enjoy your weekend!

Kari & Kijsa said...

What great finds- Isn't nature so generous!!
We have been gathering walnuts and piling them in pots outside- watch out for those black fingers!!
We also don't mind ironing, (well this really only applies to one of the sisters!!)- and , ....we will whisper this,... Love to do laundry!! Shhhh- we don't want to share our dirty little secret too loudly!!
kari & kijsa

Esther Sunday said...

Great idea! Iron? What's that? Love, Esther