Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Making chestnut animals

Yesterday we had some bad news about our house purchase and it made me feel quite upset, then ... I felt somehow detached. I went for a walk. I wanted to be in nature. I started collecting  chestnuts and leaves, and I remembered how, as children, my sister and I used to make little toys with them. With this memory, I was transformed into the state of contentment, a feeling so familiar and at the same time, so rare. As adults we have glimpses into the state of child-like innocence, when we feel unconditional joy of being alive. This happens when we are exactly in the present moment, not thinking about the future or the past.

So I decided to make some chestnut animals. I used chestnuts to make animals' bodies and heads, and  matchsticks to make their legs, necks and tails.

I pierced the chestnut with small sharp scissors to insert matchsticks.

I made two grown-ups and two children:

And here is one animal baby going to sleep in a bed made out of a match box, lined with soft leaves:

This post is dedicated to my little granddaughters Savanka and Zoe who live in the USA.   

Happy chestnut animal making :)  


  1. I love this post. Your point about getting in touch with that state of childhood wonder is so true.
    I'm sure you have read Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now.
    Also love the photo of Folkestone harbour.

  2. Thank you very much Chloe.
    I haven't read this book yet. But I practice Sahaja Yoga meditation which is a life saver to me, keeping me in balance daily.
    I love Folkestone harbour. My house is located 2 minutes walk away from it.
    All the best. Y.