Hello, thank you for calling in, it's lovely to see you. The sun is shining today and I am watching a butterfly flutter by outside the window.
I was chatting with a friend in a rose garden over a pot of tea and a Shrewsbury cake, a good friend whom I have known for more than twenty-five years, a friend who shares my love of the countryside, the seaside and nature's treasures. We were laughing about my shell collection (larger than it should be) and my fossil collection (much smaller than I would like it to be) when she said, "Would you like an antler? I've got three but I've really only got room for two." That's not something you hear every day and I burst out laughing.
My friend explained that while she was running a Wildlife Watch group several years ago, she took the group to visit a deer park and they were given a guided tour by a ranger. They found some antlers lying on the ground and my friend brought them home. Gentle reader, I can reassure you that no animal was harmed in the acquisition of these antlers: they are shed by the deer every year and new ones grow in their place.
So, here is an antler from a fallow deer. It's rather beautiful, I think, and very tactile, and much as I would like to keep it, I really don't have anywhere sensible to put it, so it's going to a very good home - The Teacher is taking it to school and giving it to "the man who looks after the fossils and skulls" so that it can be used by any teacher in the school to help the children learn about deer, antlers, life cycles, conservation, beauty, awe and wonder, those sorts of things.
See you soon.
Love, Mrs Tiggywinkle x