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Dice anyone?

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There is only one person - I imagine - on this site who can guess what this is and then only because I told her. But it's something you might find in your garden although I have cut it a bit with a saw, for it is very hard. You might think it a lump of wood and in a way you would be correct for it is a lignified quince from the Mill which last autumn was hanging on the bough and which shrivelled in the sun and rain and gradually shrunk and hardened into something black and wizened and so hard that you do really need a saw to cut it. You can just make out the seeds where I cut through (though hoping to miss the seeds which I wanted to plant). But the colour of this lignified fruit is a warm, red russet and the grain is very fine. The wood looks exotic and I am sure properly polished and sanded you could make excellent gaming dice from these fruit - there are still several more of them on the tree - with a little bit of polish and patience and perhaps WW's chain saw for they are hard as rock. So there you are: you learn something new everyday.

Posted at 31st May 2010 - 01:05PM   Posted by Fennie   Dice anyone? Comments: 5

Faith's Avatar You should've let us guess! Are you going to polish it?

Posted by: Faith on 31st May 2010 at 03:27PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Wow - want one . . . revs chainsaw Twisted Evil

Posted by: Westerwitch on 31st May 2010 at 06:28PM

CalicoKate's Avatar Have never heard of 'lignified quince' How fascinating.

Posted by: CalicoKate on 31st May 2010 at 06:28PM

Mountainear's Avatar It's not every day one hears the words lignified quince. Isn't lignified a fantastic word? Almost dignified. We had a stream in the village where i lived as a child - a petrifying stream. Almost as good. we should use words like this more often.

PS If you find another could you lob it in my direction - my husband could work wonders with such a bit of wood. Please?

Posted by: Mountainear on 31st May 2010 at 09:28PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Moutaineer - I will go and look for some tomorrow only I fear it will be drenched lignified quince as it has been raining for two days now.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 31st May 2010 at 09:58PM

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