A bit of fun to share in this little book…

The Book

Today I took the dogs out for a walk.  I get bored walking up and down through the same neighbourhood but we all need the exercise.  I came across this book in some review I read. Many of you would be familiar with Keri Smith’s “Wreck This Journal” in bookstores that sell journals.  It is a journal with pages that you can destroy according to the directions.  I have never been interested in it but she has this one that might be a bit of fun over the winter months.

First off, I have always been a scavenger.  I have organised a scavenger hunt for next Saturday in the historic town of Richmond (Tasmania) for our photo club. That is a story for another day.

I am the kind of person that picks up paper clips or buttons, and reads invoices and notes

The List from the Book

that I find in the gutter. I have this weird curiosity to know what people throw away or lose and I know there are others like me. There are web pages and books of things people find.

So it is not surprising I am attracted to The Pocket Scavenger by Keri Smith.  It is a pocket paperback, sized A5, and has lots of things to look for. I’m sure I’m on the spectrum at times.

The Pages

On the right hand page is what I am to look for and on the left hand page is a place to paste my photo of it once found or to draw a picture of it.  There is also a space to write the date, the location found, the time and to write a short paragraph about the circumstances I am in when I found the object.  There is also a bibliography in the back.

Seed Pods (from the list) from a gum tree. I will attempt to draw these on the page.

The rain is moving in this afternoon and it is quite cold and blowy out. I thought I’d go out on a couple of kilometre walk with Odie and Molly and see if we find anything along the road or through the bush.  I limited myself to just a couple as several items will be easy to find and I don’t want to rush it.

I am sharing the pages of the book with you and if anyone is so inclined to follow along I’d love to hear about it. You could use a blank journal, copy the items posted here or make up your own.  This is something fun to do while walking to keep me moving when I’d rather be curled up in a chair with a hot drink and a couple of cats or dogs.

Moss- I will draw moss on the page

Do you ever pick up things in the street to see what it is?



Odie and Molly, my fellow scavengers. My Best Friends. They love to sniff around the stuff I find. No one else does 🙂

5 thoughts on “A bit of fun to share in this little book…

  1. Since I’m a bit of hoarder, I think it’s a good thing that I don’t scavenge as well.
    But this journal is a great idea. Just imagine a historian finding it 100 years from now!


  2. on my bike rides around the city on the river, i’m forever watching for bits of metal, nuts, bolts, washers, interesting pieces of wire , bungee cords, et alia… once i found a 9/16″ open end wrench… call me mr. packrat… i guess i prefer the non-organizational aspect of it; just a kind of serendipity that goes along with being outdoors, in the world… interesting business, though…

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    1. I understand. I’ll do this through winter and then go back to something non structured I’m sure. I think some of the book, art and stationery trends that pass us by are always interesting.


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