This 1865 engraving is by Karl Bodmer.So, that's where turtle collecting all began back in 1979 ...
Eventually it became clear that it really wasn't appropriate to keep the live creatures and the tank was dumped after the last of them died.
But it was not the end of turtles in my house! I'm just thinking about the different materials represented in the collection: beads, beeswax brass, bread, cast iron, chocolate, delft, embroidery, enamel, fabric, glass, gold, hessian, latex, marcasite, paintings, plaster of Paris, plastic, porcelain, rubber, seed pods, semi-precious stones, shells, silver, steel, stone, straw, terracotta, tin, tortoise shell, volcanic rock, wax crayon, wood ... and no doubt some have been omitted from the list!
Right from the beginning both family and friends, especially those who travelled to places where turtles live happily in the wild, brought back gifts in a wide variety of materials. Now there continues to be a steady trickle ... people who visit the house are fascinated by the collection and invariably when they see turtles on sale somewhere they'll think of me!
Car boot sales are a rich source for finding the little fellows and many of the soft toys have come from there. Others I've bought myself as souvenirs of visits to places as far apart as Madrid, Turkey and Italy ... none of those have featured just yet.
Christmas gives family and friends an ideal clue for suitable presents and today's jigsaw puzzle is just one example.
The picture from directly above gives a clear idea of the beauty and detail ... but I prefer, as a photograph, this one where the camera angle is much lower.
I'm sure there's more than one sermon in the jigsaw piece that needs to find its correct place ... you do realize that you have to write your own sermons here, don't you? I'd not want to do all the work! I might well use that as my idea for the next assembly in the local Primary School.
It's a pity he can't come with me to visit another church tomorrow ... the people there might just be a tad horrified if I turn up with him in tow! You can expect pictures from that building on Saturday's blog - probably.