Not so long ago I confessed my button habit - one of my favourite collections.
Another favourite is stones. I cannot CANNOT walk on a beach without picking up stones and I still have stones which I collected on family holidays as a teenager. I have a chunk of marble and pyrite which I remember picking up and carrying on a long hike up Ben Lomond and back down again, in Scotland .... (sorry short of time, otherwise I'd post a photo of it, it is particularly beautiful)
Some of my stones lie in little places around the house
But most of them now have found a home in the garden
The granite stones with marble stripes and patterns mostly come from Jersey, the Channel Islands. Though some of the marbley ones come from childhood holidays in the Lake District. I could tell you which are which too.... Memory is bizarre sometimes.
The stones with holes in them come from beaches on the East and South Coast of England - especially Bexhill and Brighton.
The girl shed is looking a little autumnal and slightly neglected now and I've not seen any frogs in the frog pool for weeks.
But the stones will be there all winter, being lovely.