I found some extremely fruitful trees at Balnaguard, but they were adjacent to the narrow windy road, so I couldn’t park for long to collect these treasures. I had better luck a few weeks later near my parents’ house at Walnut Grove, just outside Perth, where the conkers had all dropped to the ground, littering the quiet suburban road, allowing me to gather as many as I could carry.
About a week later, I chanced upon a pile of branches at the side of the road near Aberfeldy. I pulled over to take a closer look and noticed that these were Sweet Chestnut, complete with the fruits attached. These are even more spiky, and I was well wounded by the time I had gathered a small stash of them!
- Could I make a kind of suit of armour using some of these natural materials? Or perhaps one that replicates them on a larger scale?
- On the other hand, should I perhaps be consider making a layer of protection for myself against the more jagged side of nature?
- Could I make an alternative shell to encase these fruits and protect them?
- Why are they being protected?…So that they can scatter and grow into trees, keeping their species in existence for many years to come.
- Could I help by finding a method to sow the seeds, by use of a device I might make, or by audience participation?
- Could I elevate their status by displaying them as baubles, as if they were decorating a Christmas tree, but perhaps finding multiple species of seed pods and hanging them (by invisible thread) from one unrelated tree where they can be seen in public and examined more closely by the public? Perhaps I could invite them to take a “gift” and plant it somewhere safely?
- Could I make pinatas filled with seeds which the participants might whack to scatter the seeds randomly?