Live Quietly, Daffodils and An Artefact

23 Feb

1   Some good advice here – a philosophy that I heartily believe in. Thank you, Robert for the photo.

Live quietly in the moment

Live quietly in the moment

2   I love the delicacy of these very pale daffodils.

Pale daffodils in a Jane Hamlyn salt-glaze jug

Pale daffodils in a Jane Hamlyn salt-glaze jug

3  This artefact was dug up in our garden when I was a child but we have never known what it was. Any ideas? It is about 4″ high, made of metal and quite heavy for its size.

What do you think this could be?

What do you think this could be?

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28 responses to “Live Quietly, Daffodils and An Artefact

  1. greenbenchramblings

    February 25, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Very gentle shades of yellow make that a great daffy. Your mystery object looks like a chess piece or a mine left during a Cornish Pixie civil war.

  2. Grannymar

    February 24, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I love daffodils they are so cheerful. Since you are in Cornwall, would that artefact from your garden be a leftover from the tin mines?

  3. jpeggytaylor

    February 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    A wonderful quote and beautiful daffodils – the paler colour is really lovely. The artefact is very curious! I thought the holes around the wider end looked like they may have taken fastenings of some sort, to attach this piece to perhaps something wooden. The arrangement of the knobbly bits in rows reminded me of the teeth on gear wheels and the channel around the narrower spindle end looks like it may have taken a rope pulley possibly. As it is heavy, I am guessing it is likely to be made of iron – from the quite complex shaping, it would probably have been cast.
    … those are my ponderings though I have no idea what it is! My guess is that it is something to do with mining machinery from the tin mines 🙂

  4. creativityandfamily

    February 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    What a beautiful sentiment. It is so easy to be worry about the past or future and forget to enjoy now!! Sharon x

  5. flowerpot

    February 24, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I do too! Nominated you for a blog award over at mine, Sally xx

  6. utesmile

    February 24, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I bet Dr. Who left it there….. is it a Dalek?????

  7. Mama Cormier

    February 24, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Funny when I looked at the artefact I immediately thought of an old fashion auger as well. I’ll be curious to know if that’s what it is.

  8. calvin

    February 24, 2015 at 3:11 am

    Who would not like the colour of your Daffodils; a poof of rich butter hue. Love the jug you have them in.

    As for Quiet I can relate. It is a word not just related to noise or the lack there of. But rather a way of living on this earth. Years ago I started an online network ‘called Quietliving’ and am always tempted to bring it back to life in some form. My main email address, used only for administrative purposes has always been quietliving at such and such domain. Quiet also reminds me of a Canadian periodical publication called Harrowsmith. A magazine which focused on a simpler way of living, not just rural but urban as well. It died a couple years back, despite being very popular with burnt-out middle age professionals seeking a change to their hectic life style.

    Now for the mystery items. I have three thoughts.

    1/ Definitely a broken bit off a alien spacecraft. Obvious.

    2/ Definitely an ornament off some crazy cat Greek God’s chariot, having fallen off on a Sunday morning shunpiker through the heavens with his Goddess by his side. Obvious.
    3/ Am wondering if the clue to solving your mystery is not the item itself, but rather if there might be other clues you have found will digging in your garden. Like shards of pottery and ceramic bits, chunks of pewter or anything not pebbles. I mentions this as it looks very much like a primitive change sprocket (or change gear) that could have been employed in the early stages of mechanized manufacturing. It doesn’t look to be iron but rather of softer material, if so, it would be a part not for heavy work. Here’s a link that to early machines that might have used a change gear in early machines of their applied trades. From pottery making, to button producers, to pewter foundries that had to polish their wares; whatever might have been historically produced in large quantities in your locale. … good luck with your quest.

    Who knows, perhaps the clay ink well sitting on my desk was produced near you (know doubt in came from England). Brought to Upper Canada by a pioneer settler whom built the first log cabin on the south bank of Plum Creek in the spot where I found it while digging a post hole in the pasture field as a kid. I even have a handful of arrow heads I found while playing in mother’s flower beds. My finds were obvious, yours not so.

  9. john zande

    February 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    It’s an auger head, for digging holes. Great find. Could have been for fence poles, or maybe even a bore? That might be as old as the 17th Century, or maybe even older. Lucky thing!

    • john zande

      February 23, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      *drilling holes, not digging 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      I will investigate that interesting idea further. I like it! Thank you 🙂

      • john zande

        February 23, 2015 at 9:20 pm

        It could also be from 1950, but it certainly looks like a drilling head. Must have snapped off (as they do) and the lads just left it in the ground.

        Is there a thread or something on the bottom where it could be attached to a pipe?

        • mybeautfulthings

          February 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm

          I shall have a look and report back 🙂

  10. Don

    February 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Those daffodils are absolutely magnificent. I didn’t know that you can also get them that pale. Have no idea what your artefact is. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      Some of them are the colour of Cornish cream and smell lovely too. 🙂

  11. PoshPedlar

    February 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Dalek extremity

  12. ladysighs

    February 23, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Somehow it looks more than just a decoration.

    • mybeautfulthings

      February 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      Yes, but what! 🙂

      • ladysighs

        February 23, 2015 at 8:06 pm

        If you haven’t discovered after all this time….lol

        • mybeautfulthings

          February 23, 2015 at 8:20 pm

          The Museum didn’t even know. I was just hoping that some reader might……. 🙂

          • ladysighs

            February 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

            I will come back later and read the responses. Ought to get some good ones. 🙂

          • ladysighs

            February 28, 2015 at 11:15 pm

            You received lots of suggestions for your artifact. Came back to check. 🙂

          • mybeautfulthings

            March 1, 2015 at 7:28 am

            I’m going to take it into the Museum again – it’s many years since Mum and Dad took it in, maybe new staff will have more ideas. I will report back in due course! 🙂

  13. Hilary Bryant

    February 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Looks like a prop from 50 Shades!


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