A man found an acorn at a shopping centre and decided to take it to the Lost Property office in case a child had dropped it. When he got there, a mother and daughter were waiting to see if anyone had returned it!
I loved the idea of someone treasuring that acorn enough to do that.
At this time of year nature does seem to be showing us a lot of very welcome treasures.
As the light and leaves start to fall, the jewel-coloured seeds, berries and other delights start to be more noticeable.
The acorn story reminded me of the nature table we used to have at school. Did you have one in your class-room? They'd be a strange mixture of things, shells, twigs, bones, berries and gradually deteriorate, changing from multi-coloured to smelly brown.
When I went for a walk today I collected some treasures from the river path and my garden. It's fascinating how they vary each year. This year I've noticed a lot of giant-sized acorns and plan to plant some. Many of the bushes seem to bear more berries than usual, concentrated little bunches of cheery red. The conkers from one tree seem to vary in size more than usual.
I don't think we make enough of all these Autumnal delights. When I went to Norway around this time of year, every house and business seemed to celebrate the wonderful colours and harvest with all kinds of lovely creations and displays.