Thursday, 22 September 2011

The Slow Brigade

Some time back, around the inner sides of an ornamental planter, I discovered this collection of empty snail shells. I imagine they were victims of the harsh weather we had at the start of the year, but I couldn't resist gathering them, for I immediately had visions of a future blog post.

So they sat in a small cardboard container in a corner near my kitchen sink, going nowhere fast; literally dead slow stop. What else would you expect from snail houses? "For Sale" signs and prospective buyers? I don't think so. They look a little fuzzy, as I opted for natural daylight rather than flash for this photo and its a dull day. But they have a certain charm about them, wouldn't you agree? However, I can foresee a problem now. After babysitting them for weeks and weeks, waiting for the urge to get snapping, how am I going to be able to throw them away?

17 comments:

jabblog said...

You could paste them onto a jar or round a mirror - land-shell decoration rather than sea-shell. (No, I wouldn't, either!) Throw them out - they won't take offence.

Anonymous said...

At times like this I think "When the kids come to clear up the house and they find these in a box in the attic what are they going to think?" Be bold and ruthless, Bin Them!

Anvilcloud said...

The shells are fetching enough, but as for the former occupants ...

Slamdunk said...

Those would be cleaned here and used by the kids for some crazy craft project.

Friko said...

I bet you ate them yourself!

The Weaver of Grass said...

They would make a lovely crunchy noise if you jumped on them Pen.

Hilary said...

Give them googly eyes and name them. They can prompt you on a slow blog day. ;)

Gerry Snape said...

I like the weavers sugestion! but they are rather gorgeous!

ds said...

They are beautiful,though...

L'Adelaide said...

ah, i think they're kinda cute! xx

Kathe W. said...

oh lordy- I would just put them someplace in my garden where you could glance over now and again and enjoy how they look- but definitely oust them from the inside!
Cheers!

Susie Clevenger said...

I have a glass jar I place shells in from the beach along with the sea glass...perhaps something like that...

Mama Zen said...

You won't! I have a handful of them on the shelf by my sink.

Maggie May said...

Ermmmm! Just open the bin and chuck them in.
They don't do anything for me. Not a bit like the lovely things you find on the seashore.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

At least you've got round to wondering what to do with them . In my house they'd quietly gather dust for ever more ......

River said...

They have beautiful patterns don't they?
Glue googly eyes on them, then arrange them in a corner of the garden, perhaps on or near some of the many fungi growing on the stump in your next post....

Dave said...

Interesting that you saved these snail shells Pen. Did you know that the reason they are empty is probably because ants eat the snails and leave the shells? I have watched and photographed it happening - Dave