Friday, 23 January 2009


Sharon Blakey e mailed me these photos of her cat, Sparky.
She said she had been wondering where her box of rusty nails had gone, as she has promised me a nail for my collection
Then in came Sparky with a rusty nail attached to his magnetic collar.
Where did he find it?
We will never know..

Joan Beadle (Cuba)

Rusty nail found Havana, Cuba 7/1/09 by Joan Beadle.
"Rusty nail as requested - found eventually!...and after much searching..
Despite the fact that I thought it would only be a matter of whenever I decided to look for one..after all, rusty nails are almost everywhere, aren't they?
Ubiquitous things, both uncountable and ten a' penny.
Not so! -according to the law of "Nothing so hard to find as the thing you are looking for"
Anyway, eventually, like I said, there it was and here it is-
Nail found 7-1-09 - On the ground near the side door of the 'Ministerio de Finazas y Precios' Havana, Cuba."

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Ruth Fledermaus

A great nail arrived today from Huntsville, Alabama, USA.
The story with it says.
"My great-aunt kept jars of old nails, pins, cat claws etc around her house-
A superstition to ward off evil spirits and burglars .
This is from one of those jars."
She insists in the letter that this is true, and when her aunt died the family shared out the jars.