What’s in the box… I want to believe…


With the return of the X files to our screens this week, I thought it might be a good time to reveal to you what is in this little box  (I’ve put my lens cap next to it to give an idea of size).

My daughter made this in a woodwork class at school when she was about 14 I think.  As I remember, the brief was to make a box with a surprise inside.  As she was a big fan of X Files at the time, she came up with this neat idea.   As you can tell, being meticulous in her work, she could (and still can when she has time and puts her mind to it), produce some pretty impressive results.

So… what’s in the X box…


an alien of course!  Not just any old alien though, he’s a glow in the dark, alien on a spring so he wobbles when you open the lid. It still amuses me!

By the way, what did you think of the first of the new episodes?  I thought it was a bit slow going, but I’m hoping it will pick up speed, and be as entertaining as the last series were soon.

The truth is out there…

What’s in the hat box?

DSC_0638Last week I promised you a peek into some of my random boxes.  I’ve chosen to show you the hat box first because of it’s sheer peculiarness (yeah, I know that’s not a word, but it works for me).

I’m always excited by the thought of hat boxes, it seems such a romantic, old fashioned thing.  The only time I had one to myself (apart from this one) was when I hired a hat when we were invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace.  I hat to carry the hat in its box on the train and then the tube, trying all the while to look elegant, and failing miserably, but I was so excited when somebody asked me what was in the box and I was able to say ‘a hat of course’!!

Anyway, this box came to me, or more accurately, my daughters, via my dad, who I’ve already mentioned was a bit of a magpie when it came to odd things. It had belonged to an elderly lady who had occupied the downstairs flat of his house as a sitting tenant when he bought it.  She had died without family and he disposed of most of the contents as best he could.  However, when he found this and the odd selection it contained he thought his grandchildren might like it.  They were quite young at the time, and did indeed delight in discovering the contents one by one – 29 bits and pieces in all!

I have to confess, it’s probably only seen the daylight once or twice since we first got it some 20 odd years ago, and I suppose I really ought to get rid of it, but I’m not sure quite how.  I haven’t the heart to throw it out, but I’m not sure anyone else would want it either. So I guess it’s going back into the depths of the cupboard once this, it’s heyday, is over!

By the way, I know nothing more of the old lady, except that I suspect she had fond memories of Austria!

So, what’s in the box…..


That’s what’s in the box!


Little Boxes

Sorting some bits and pieces out the other day, it occurred to me how many boxes I have around the house that are stuffed with random things. The ones pictured are just a small selection!  You can see that some of the boxes are beautiful in their own right, but others have seen better days. What they have in common is that I rarely look inside them. They are poked away getting dusty in cupboards and shelves most of the time. In fact, without opening them I’m not even sure what is in them, only a very few have their original contents. So over the coming weeks I’ve decided to share their secrets with you in a new series of ‘What’s in the box?’.  Look out for the first one which will be appearing soon!

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