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I have Rocks in My Head, OOPS!, I mean Garden Bed!

Updated on January 31, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Rock in our garden from my grandmother

Rock in our garden
Rock in our garden | Source

Rocks

My love affair with rocks started in my youth. How could it not? I was exposed to their beauty and utility in my earliest of remembrances.

My father grew up living in a house that his dad built. In fact, my father was born in that house. That was a rather common practice in 1925...at least in small towns.

My grandfather whom I never met, because he died of pneumonia when my dad was only 7 years old ( also common back then prior to penicillin and other drugs being invented ) designed the terraced hillside leading down to Okauchee Lake in the State of Wisconsin. He utilized numerous rocks in it's construction.

The rock garden must have been gorgeous in it's day!

Each terrace had not only it's share of different shaped rocks of various sizes and colors, but shrubbery and flowers that would have created a scene of spectacular beauty as viewed from the shoreline looking back up to the house.

It was also enjoyed by the people in boats that would be passing this site.


My paternal grandmother

My grandmother sitting on a retaining wall of her rock garden going down to the lake.
My grandmother sitting on a retaining wall of her rock garden going down to the lake. | Source

Rock from my grandmother

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My grandfather also built a number of cottages going down the hill and all of them were lake-side. As the hill flattened out, more terracing was not necessary.

These were summer cottages and were rented out primarily to "city folks" coming to enjoy the lake for the season.

It was fortunate that my grandmother had this source of income as her husband died at such an early age.

It was hard work getting the cottages readied for the summer. Piers had to be put in to the lake. Painting the cottages; cleaning them and preparing them for the summer occupants took much time and effort.

My dad got the job of mowing all the lawns, among other chores.

Keeping the terraced garden weeded and tended was not just work, but a source of relaxation and pride for my grandmother.

The photos of the rocks at the top of this piece are ones from that very hillside.

I am fortunate to have 3 rocks from that location in my possession today.

Rock from Central Wisconsin

From a neighbor's parent's farm in Central Wisconsin
From a neighbor's parent's farm in Central Wisconsin | Source

Rock colors enhanced with water

Rock in our backyard with water on it.
Rock in our backyard with water on it. | Source

Rock Collecting

Once I began the process of collecting rocks it has been continued up to this very day.

The rock pictured above came from one of our Wisconsin neighbor's parent's farm.

In tilling their fields they were constantly unearthing new rocks which served as impediments to their planting efforts. They were happy to let us take as many rocks as we wanted.

We had a sump pump in our basement that would electrically operate when the water table would get high. Instead of water flooding our basement, the pump worked to force water outside into a retaining pond that my husband and I had constructed.

Various multi-colored rocks of different sizes and shapes lined the pond, and when not filled with water, the rocks became the eyecatching focus of this part of the yard.

We had flowers lining the perimeter of the rock garden in the summer.

My husband and I lived in Wisconsin Rapids for 4 years.

When we moved back to Houston, Texas, many of these rocks were moved along with our other possessions.

Rock Souvenir from Moonlight Bay

This one was picked up at Moonlight Bay in Wisconsin
This one was picked up at Moonlight Bay in Wisconsin | Source

Beautiful colored rock in our backyard

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Mineral Identification

Rock Memories and Souvenirs

Now instead of simply wanting a remembrance from my grandmother's home, and also using rocks to fulfill a purpose......like the construction of that pond, I started collecting rocks as souvenirs from various places that we had visited.

The one above is from Moonlight Bay in the Door County region of Wisconsin. It is a beautiful vacation spot for most people. In fact, my parents honeymooned there!

Imagine a peninsula surrounded by water from Lake Michigan with charming cottages and cute little towns.

One distinct memory my husband and I have is of a grass covered roof with a goat on top munching the grass. One does not see sights like that in most places!

Flower boxes filled with blooming geraniums and other brightly colored flowers are in abundance during the summer months.

Friendly shopkeepers and restaurant owners are there to fulfill one's every need and desire.

Spring, Summer and Fall one can count on Door County being filled with tourists. If you plan a vacation there, make your reservations well in advance to secure a room for yourself. Then sit back and enjoy this quaint area filled with aquatic views almost everywhere one gazes.

This rock from Door County is in my garden today to remind me of our brief vacation there.

Texas Hill country rock

Texas Hill Country Rock
Texas Hill Country Rock | Source

Stepping Stones

The pictured rock above came from the Hill Country of Texas.

My brother helped lift them into the trunk of my car one time when I was visiting him.

I like to use natural rocks like this one as stepping stones.

They certainly are prettier than the concrete ones that one can purchase in most nurseries and garden centers.

Rocks as Art - Covered with lichens

Rock covered with lichens
Rock covered with lichens | Source

Lichen covered rock

Another rock with lichens happily living on it
Another rock with lichens happily living on it | Source

Have you ever looked at rocks up close?

They are things of beauty........inside and out.

While some can look quite ordinary on the outside, if sliced open and polished, they become quite extra-ordinary pieces of jewelry or can be put to other decorative uses.

The rock above and to the right with the lichens growing on it looks like an abstract painting when photographed up close. It has a prime spot in our backyard where we can enjoy it's distinct form and shapely mass.

Lichens and rocks...

Rock with quartz crystals

Notice the quartz crystals in this rock in the foreground
Notice the quartz crystals in this rock in the foreground | Source
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides (Paperback))
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides (Paperback))

It is fun learning about different rocks and minerals especially if liking to collect them such as I do.

 

This rock pictured above with the quartz crystals was purchased from a rock shop alongside the road while we were traveling through Arkansas.

It along with a few other purchases grace our backyard and add highlights to the rest of the landscape.

Close-up photo of a gorgeous rock in our backyard

Close-up photo of a gorgeous rock in our backyard
Close-up photo of a gorgeous rock in our backyard | Source

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Rocks in my Head?


While most of my rocks have prime staging areas in the garden and become a focal point, others like the ones above are gathered together to show off their contrasting colors and shapes. Ignore the clover! It does not belong there but sneaks in occasionally to capture my attention.


I remember with humor the time I had picked up a number of small rocks from a vacation in Oregon and put them in my suitcase. Some bright orange rocks and some totally green in color were among my prizes.


The suitcase was obviously very heavy and all was well until I got to the area of the airport where my carry on luggage was screened. Not realizing that my umbrella and the opaque rocks looked very suspicious to the person looking at the x ray, I was asked to open my luggage and display the contents.

The airport screen-er just shook her head in disbelief when she realized what those queer shapes on her x ray machine turned out to be. She said, and I quote........"I have never seen rocks worth carrying home in a suitcase!"

I know that she thought that I had rocks in my head!

Well........as the old saying goes........one person's trash is another person's treasure.


I value these collected rocks along with the memories they invoke, and although we have recently moved to a new home and had to leave some of them behind, a selection of them continue to happily reside in our backyard garden.


Do any of you readers have a similar attachment to rocks? I would love hearing from you to see what you do with them.

Isn't this rock a beauty!

 Isn't this one a beauty!
Isn't this one a beauty! | Source

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© 2009 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile image
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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kristen,

      Nice that you are able to use some of those seashells and rocks that your mother collected. Would please her also to know that they are being put to good use. I have also collected seashells through the years. I love natural things like that mixed into decor both inside and outside.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Peggy, don't I wish. I only have 3 container plants on my patio. The only people in my new apartment who have garden beds are on the first floor. As for rocks, my mother collected rocks and seashells throughout the years. I've kept them and used them for my own beachy decor. Right now, it's in my new bookcase and on a tray. The rest is packed for storage.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kristen,

      Perhaps someday you will have a garden bed of your own. Of course even without gardens, people can collect rocks and many do. If they are small enough they can be displayed in any number of manners.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're very welcome Peggy. If I had a garden bed, I would do the same thing, too!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kristen,

      Glad you liked this hub regarding the rocks in our garden beds. The special ones really do mean a lot to me. Thanks for your comment and the beautiful vote. I also think that they add beauty to the garden. :)

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Peggy, this is a great hub with excellent photos of beautiful rocks in your garden bed. It could turn into them as something special. Voted up for beautiful!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi poetryman6969,

      There is always tomorrow! That zen rock garden may still be in your future. :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes...looking at the various rocks in our garden transports me back in memory to many places which is rather nice. I have never done rubbings but that seems to be another nice way to remember things. Appreciate the shares.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Some nice rocks ya got there!

      I have always wanted to try ripping out my lawn and planting a Zen rock garden but I have never gotten around to it.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I think this sounds like such a great way to collect souvenirs! I wish I would have thought of it years ago. Another thing I've heard about is people who take rubbings as souvenirs. They cover something or several somethings with fabric and then rub that fabric with paint or dye or ink.

      I really love this idea and spring is a great time to get a rock garden going if someone wanted to do this for themselves. Voting this up, BAUI, pinning to Awesome HubPages, and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Shyron,

      Rock gardens can be so pretty especially when they are carefully collected over the years and carry special meanings. I can see why you think that one from the Texas Hill Country resembles the bottom of a shoe. Never thought of that until you pointed it out. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      The rock from the Texas Hill country looks like the bottom of a shoe

      I had a rock garden in Illinois, I think they are beautiful, my grandson also use to collect rocks, and I have seen some unusual ones with different colors.

      Beautiful and interesting hub.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I am glad that I was able to bring back so many on the airplane back in earlier days. It would be waaaaaaaay to expensive these days with weight limits imposed.

      Thanks for the shares and hoping that you are surrounded by many angels today and always!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      You knew better than that airport screener though, didn't you? these were treasures you were bringing home.

      You certainly have an array of lovelies. They add so much to a yard and garden.

      Wishing you a lovely evening.

      Many Angels are on the way to you tonight ps

      Voted up++++ Shared Pinned G+ tweeted

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      So glad you liked the photos of some of my rocks and nice to hear that you have a collection of your own. Appreciate the vote and share. :)

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      I love rocks and have collected them. Lake Superior has the most beautiful rocks. Someplace in my barn there is a small metal trash can full of rocks. Enjoyed your hub and looking at your pretty rocks. Voted up and Shared.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      It brings a smile to my face to this day to see that airport worker's face when she discovered what I was carrying in my bag. Glad that you enjoyed this! :)

      My grandfather would have undoubtedly accomplished much more in his life had he not died when still so young.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      I always enjoy reading your outlook on different subjects, also about your family history. Your grandfather was a very wise man to have left behind so many properties to help the family. I´m glad you have been able to carry on the family tradition of rock collecting. The airport experience was hilarious!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Virginia,

      Yes, the weight restrictions would preclude my carrying rocks back on airplanes now for sure. Your granite borders are probably very beautiful.

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      Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

      You'll have to give up carrying rocks in your suitcase with the weight restrictions now on luggage.

      I enjoy making stone borders for my flower gardens in New Hampshire. What we have there is granite though.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      It certainly can add to the landscape...or for people who collect smaller samples of rocks they can be displayed nicely in a number of manners in a home. Glad that you enjoyed this. Thanks for the votes, pin and sharing with your followers.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Collecting rocks from different places one goes is a great idea. There are some very interesting rocks out there. I've seen some very beautiful rock gardens, and you're right, real rocks that a person has collected over time are far more interesting for stepping stones than the concrete ones available at landscaping places. Real rocks add so much character, not unlike well made refinished furniture.

      Voting this up, BAUI, pinning to my 'Trees, Plants & Flowers' board, and sharing with followers.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      The Examiner-1,

      I have many rocks in my garden! :)

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Make a rock garden.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dolores,

      Nice to meet a fellow rock lover. That story about carrying your rocks onto the airplane is funny. Now with the weight restrictions, it would be a problem and/or very expensive depending upon the size of the rocks. Thanks for your comment. ☺

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Peggy - love your rocks! And the one from Wisconsin is gorgeous ! I love my rocks so much that I keep some indoors. My favorite is from a beach in Denmark!

      Getting on a plane in San Diego, I handed over my bag of rocks to be put in the hold (or whatever it's called. The rocks were in a bag from a high end boutique (how I got that bag, I don't know). The woman at the counter said, "you might want to keep this with you in the plane. People steal things, you know."

      I was so confused. I didn't want to put a bag of rocks in the overhead. If we hit turbulence I was afraid the rocks would start flying around and hitting people in the head.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      Nice that you also have rocks to remind you of places that you have visited. I love seeing my rocks in my garden area. Certain ones remind me of people or places...and it is all good. In addition, I think that rocks are so beautiful. Thanks for your comment, vote + the share.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Where I grew up in the south, there was plenty of rocks! People used them for foundations for their houses. If you can imagine, they would stack huge rocks up and put the house down on the rocks. We don't have rocks here in S. Fl. and I miss them.

      I have collected small rocks from places I've visited. I display them on a shelf in my house. I always paint the date and place when they came from.

      Yep, I'm a "rock hound". I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      When my grandfather (whom I never met) was alive, I am told that the terraced rock gardens leading from my grandmother's home at the top of the hill down to the lake were spectacular. They had become a bit overgrown in later years but were still pretty. I am glad that I have 3 rocks from her home on Okauchee Lake in Wisconsin. Every time I look at them I think of her. We are indeed kindred spirits! Loved reading about your rock hounding. Think that I will add a link to your hub in this one. Appreciate your comment and the share.

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      Beautiful rocks, Peggy! I can just imagine carrying some of these back in your suitcases. :) I don't know how I missed this article before, but I can see that we are kindred spirits. You can see from my newest hub that I am into Rockhounding and rock collecting! Your grandmother must have been an amazing lady with an artistic and creative nature to be able to make these beautiful rock gardens. How wonderful that you could bring some of her rock collection with you to Texas. Voted up and shared with followers!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi livingpah2004,

      I know that not everyone collects rocks such as I have done over the years. I simply find them to be beautiful and memories are attached to some of them in particular. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this hub. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Although I don`t collect rockS but I enjoyed reading your story. So fascinating. Pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it.Voted up!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sgbrown,

      I have been busy lining our garden beds that surround our house with rocks from the Hill Country of Texas. Unfortunately, we have to purchase them. The entire front and both sides of our house except for about 12 feet are now completed. The rocks shown in this hub are all in the backyard. You are fortunate to be able to harvest them from your own property. Nice!!! Will look forward to reading your hub one of these days. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Another wonderful hub! I love rock collecting, have done it since I was a child. I have some very interesting specimens too. We live at the end of a small mountain range and I have rocks (big rocks) that naturally come up out of the ground. I have my husband move some of them with the tractor and add to my flower beds. I have been thinking about doing a hub on it, one may follow soon. I really enjoyed your hub and all the great information you shared. Voted up, useful and interesting. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Perhaps when they have garden beds of their own someday, you will find some of their larger rocks situated there. :)) Are they doing anything special with their collections?

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy enjoyed this - both my boys love collecting rocks, sea shells and fossils - we have quite the collection. Haven't found any in their beds yet though!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello arizonasunshine,

      It would appear that we are two of a kind with reference to picking up rocks as souvenirs and using them in our landscaping and decorating. Nice to meet another rock lover! Thanks for your comment. Those must be large rocks to be used as benches!!!

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      arizonasunshine 6 years ago from Alexandria, VA

      Nice hub Peggy. I thought I was the the only one ever crazy enough about rocks to carry them home from vacations in my suitcase! I love rocks and thank goodness my husband does too because he doesn't mind hauling the heavy ones home that we find when camping. The big ones become part of our landscaping, my favorite "benches" are rocks! and the small ones sit in a shallow bowl on our coffee table to remind us of those special places.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dave,

      Having studied geology in college, you would know much more than I do about rocks. I just love their beauty and have used them in landscaping for years. They are beautiful, aren't they! Happy rock hunting! :)))

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      Knightheart 6 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      Wow! I just love rocks and minerals...some of the most beautiful creations from our God. I got interested in rocks when I took a geology course in college. The lab we took with the class got me hooked. I have a modest collection of minerals and other rocks. I have used them to teach in some of my classrooms and some of the kids got interested.

      I never used them to landscape, but keep them safely stored in a box. Some of very fragile and don't want them to break.

      I live in Missouri and there are lots of places for rock hunting. Have to get out soon and do that...it has been too long not doing it.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

      I can look out in our backyard today and enjoy looking at special rocks from special places worked into our garden design. Glad that you liked this and thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy, you come up with the most interesting hubs. Rocks are beautiful in their own way, they all have something special about them. As a souvenier they remind you of where you have been. Wonderful pictures.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pat,

      I love that story of your daughter taking a rock ("a piece of Scotland") home with her and the reaction at the airport. Today with added fees for luggage weight, this is probably no longer a typical souvenir when flying. I have never been to Scotland but would enjoy visiting it someday. It is a golfing mecca. Does your daughter enjoy the sport of golf?

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      2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      This is a great hub - lovely photographs, and interesting personal stories.

      The tale about bringing home rocks in your suitcase brought back a memory.

      When my kids were about 8 and 12 we went to visit friend in northern Scotland. On the last day, the kids asked to go play on the beach. It was winter, and the promised not to go near the water so they went while Wonderful Husbnad and I loaded the car.

      At Aberdeen airport, our daughter was pulled over at security, and another officer was summoned. She was then asked to unpack her ruck sack. The mystery object was (of course) a large rock. Her explanation was that she was taking home a piece of Scotland.

      It might not surprise you to learn that she is now grown, and lives in Scotland.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Photography7777,

      What a nice thing to say! Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about "rocks in my head..." as well as other hubs. Thank you! :-)

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      Photography7777 6 years ago from FL

      I absolutely love your writings, photography and the things you are interested in. Puts a smile on my face. Thank you for the time you have taken to write these and share them :]

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tony,

      From one "nutter" to another...glad that I have company in my love of rocks. Haha! Maybe it is the rest of the world that is nuts in not appreciating rocks? :-)

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      OMG I thought I was the only nutter who likes taking photos of rocks! I love rocks and tend to collect pebble-sized stones. People around me think I'm nuts enough already without confirming their opinions by actually collecting rocks! But I would love to!

      Thanks for helping me feel less lonely in my love of rocks. Your photos are awesome. Thanks for sharing them.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Lita,

      Thanks for your insightful comment. Nice to know that you now understand your friend's love of rock collecting as souvenirs of her travels. They truly are art as you mentioned. I love the ones used in our landscaping beds.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      My best friend loves to move around places and won't go home without rocks in her luggage(stones because they are smaller and easy to carry). Through this great hub about a family rock hobby, and the awesome photos of rare rocks, I now understand my friend. This is art! And only an artist appreciates the beauty of those treasures! Great works of art here, Peggy! Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi GodsAngel1,

      We seem to be kindred spirits in the collecting of rocks. I was sorry any of them had to be left behind at our former home...but all the very special ones made it over here. Some were just way too heavy and also since one of the focal points was a collection of rocks around a tree in our backyard, I could't totally dismantle that for fear of ruining our chances of selling the house. I took as many as I thought that I could and spread the rest out so it still had the same effect...just a bit more sparse. Guess it worked...the house sold in 2 weeks time.

      Keep sneaking yours into the back of the car! Rocks are beautiful souvenirs of your travels. Nice that you have strong boys to do any heavy lifting! :-)

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      GodsAngel1 6 years ago

      I had to laugh. We do a lot of nature hiking and I carry rocks home from various locals, too. My boys always grown because I invariably recruit them to carry them home for me. My oldest son got the privilage of helping me the whole rock garden in our last move. We moved each rock, including some that took both of us to carry. I was lucky to be blessed with good, strong boys. I've never carried any through airport security, but sometimes I have to sneak them into the back of the car, so my husband won't see, or they might accidentally get left behind when it's time to go home.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Haha, Billy.

      Since luggage now is strictly weight limited and has gotten very expensive verses the "old days" I think that my days of bringing rocks home via my airport luggage is probably over...but not forgotten! :-)

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Perhaps you should have been a geologist Peggy. Imagine going through security with all those rocks today - no doubt they would find something wrong with them. Great pictures.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi itakins,

      Oh those stone walls built of rocks are so beautiful! It is an undertaking that takes a lot of work but also artistry to fit together well. You should take pictures of your work and insert them into a hub if you have not thought of that. I think that most people appreciate them. Thanks for the comment.

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      I love this hub-living in Wicklow and having a woodland/forest garden,we have been gradually building a dry-stone wall with them.They are beautiful-if heavy!!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi loveroflife,

      Yes, the rocks in my bed ( Ha! ) do provide good memories as they have been collected over the years from many sources. Thanks for the comment.

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      loveroflife 7 years ago

      Those rocks provide great memories. Good choices.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks for reading and commenting, mkhovu.

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      Connie 8 years ago

      Amazing Hub Peggy W with such beautiful photos as well. It really makes you take a second look at nature and admire all the beauty it presents.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pest, Here is a link for you:

      http://www.gaaj-zenhokyo.co.jp/researchroom/kanbet...

      Hopefully it will answer your green quartz question. Personally I am not familiar. Just like collecting pretty stones. The ones with fossils are especially fun to find.

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      Pest 8 years ago from A Couch, Lake Odessa, MI

      I like rocks too...I am being serious now... I have green quartz from Arizona...do you know anything about this stuff?? Also white marble looking stuff from the same area. I hope my technical terms dont throw you off. I use to dig through rock piles in Michigan looking for pudding rocks. Here in Minnesota there aint a whole lot of out of the ordinary finds. I want to go to Lake Superior and look for Petosky stones. Fossil hunting is also fun as well as digging or hunting for arrow heads. I did that in Louisiana for a while. I love this Hub! Thanks for posting it.

      ** puts clown shoes and nose back on **

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Yes AEvans, I remember where most of the rocks in our collection were acquired and they each have special meaning. Thanks for commenting.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      You see beauty for what it truly is and those rocks were absolutely beautiful. My favorite is the quartz rock and the orange and green rocks, I am certain that you have a story to tell about each rock that lines your home and that is going to be something as you get older and are able to share it with others. ):

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Seems like we are kindred spirits........loving rocks, creating art, etc. Thanks for commenting. Are you creating some new art?

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      C.S.Alexis 8 years ago from NW Indiana

      I just moved some rocks I have been keeping for I do not know how long. They have a new place in my Art Studio. Some came from Texas, Oklahoma, Lake Michigan, here and there. My friends give me rocks, just simple ones that I might like. I have two that are almost perfectly round, yes, I share your rock Love. I pick them up all the time. Some go in the aquarium, some on the shelves, many in the garden, rocks in my head? Most likely! Great hub, thanks for sharing your passion.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Joni, Looks like your sister has a nice business. I like and have some holy rocks like what she sells. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Joni Solis 8 years ago from Kentwood, Louisiana

      Nice hub. I like how you mixed in your family history with the info on the rocks you collect.

      I love rocks and have a nice collection in my gardens and inside. I also have some that have moved with me several times. I don't find many large rocks in my area, Kentwood, Louisiana, so I also use chunks of recycled concrete for bordering my gardens and fish pond.

      My sister collects and sells rocks as her business.

      Kajon ConnectionRock & Driftwood for Landscape, Pond and Water Feature Decor

      http://kajonconnection.wordpress.com/

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Mardi. Wishing all the nominees well. Some amazing writers out there! Thanks for commenting.

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      Mardi 8 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Great article Peggy and excellent job of picture taking. Your collection must be amazing and obviously very meaningful. Wishing you well on the voting!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Way to go, Camping Dan! Just tell your friends that this is your bit of extra aerobic exercise lugging the extra weight in your backpack. Don't you just love them when you get them home and on display?

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      Camping Dan 8 years ago

      Thank goodness I am not the only one! I have rocks on my window seals and everywhere else that I thought were cool and brought home from hikes all over the US.

      Trust me I take a lot of grief from my friends for putting rocks in my backpack.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Will look forward to watching it some day, Rochelle. Quite the coincidence that you would have been traveling in a trailer at the same time! Did you pick up any rocks? Ha!

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      his way not a TV episode-- it was a theater movie. There are some reviews of it on the amazon page.

      http://www.amazon.com/Long-Trailer-Lucille-Ball/dp...

      I happened to See it on Turner Network a few weeks ago.

      I originally saw it in a Theater in El Paso (after we had ejyoyed a huge Mexican dinner)-- while my family was on a trailer vacation going to Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon.. We literally laughed ourselves sick. It was even funnier when we were actually on a trailering adventure ourselves in 1953.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Rochelle,

      I LOVE seeing rock walls and terraces. Before I ever met my husband he used to like taking photos of them in the Texas Hill Country. It is a very rocky part of the State so obviously the raw materials for these wonderful fences are in abundance. It is a lot of work in collecting and piecing just the right rocks together to form the fencing. So I applaud your husband's efforts. Bet he does not need a gym to keep in shape!

      I can't recall seeing that particular show but I will look for it. Was watching some just yesterday and I was laughing out loud at some of their crazy antics. How I wish we had more shows being produced like that today!!! At least we have these re-runs!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi KCC Big Country,

      Holding rocks in your hands......small ones......the beauty can be enjoyed this way as well. At many rock shops one can purchase them already polished. Their beauty is astonishing! There is every color of the rainbow and every hue and design makes each and every rock a unique treasure.

      Did your husband enjoy your collection as much as you did in assembling it?

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      Rochelle Frank 8 years ago from California Gold Country

      Very nice hub! I guess we are rock people too. My husband has built many rock walls and terraces on our property.

      Did you ever see the Lucy and Desi movie "The Long, Long Trailer" from the 50's. i saw it on TV the other night and remembered the part where she pick up a rock from everywhere they visited until they weighed about as much as the trailer.

      Rock on!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Great Hub Peggy! Beautiful pictures and story. Thanks for sharing.

      I can relate somewhat. I've always been fascinated with rocks as well. But my interest is on a much smaller scale. I like to hold them in my hands. LOL I just recently brought out my collection to show my husband.

      Good luck on this week's voting!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Christoph,

      Nice to meet another rock fan. I also have a few with fossilzed imprints. What do you do with your collection?

      Arrow heads.........interesting also. My parents had a rock given to them that is now in our backyard that has holes in it where Indians used to sharpen their tools.

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      Christoph Reilly 8 years ago from St. Louis

      Very nice hub! I'm a rock fan. Used to hunt for small ones with fossilized imprints and arrow heads when I was a child in TN. and OK. I'm not much for dragging large rocks around with me though. Very nice pics too. Nice!

      P.S. Let the clover live!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello NVarchitect,

      At my age I have to look down more often to keep from stumbling over rocks and other things. Ha! Seriously........rocks; fallen trees; mushrooms; lichens; even weeds can be beautiful.

      There was a book published many years ago called INTIMATE LANDSCAPES. The photographer focused on close-up perspectives of things that might ordinarily go unnoticed in the grand scheme of things. Close-ups of the bark on a tree and ripples in water give you an idea of what he captured on film.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      NVarchitect 8 years ago

      Great story about things most of us ignore. I will remember to look down more often after reading your story. Well done on being nominated.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Lifebydesign,

      Most of my other hubs were regarding travel or the serious subject of protecting oneself in emergencies. Thought that I would have a little fun with this one as I also did with the one just published regarding the CowParade in Houston a few years ago. Used some of the cow names in my title. Thanks for your comment.

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      Lifebydesign 8 years ago from Australia

      What a lovely, fun hub. I love the way you introduced me to this topic!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi MellasViews, Yes........often the beauty is within.........just like with most people! Glad that you enjoyed the hub.

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      MellasViews 8 years ago from Earth

      I love geodes. I cannot find natural growing geodes where I live, but I have ordered sacks of 20 geodes before from magazines, and they arrive in their normal form. I then get to crack them open and discover the cyrtslas within. Fun hub.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Kellys Writing.........What a wonderful way to share education with children! To actually take a piece of something away with them while at the same time learning something new.........your parents obviously have a love of teaching.

      Dottie 1.......My pleasure! Thanks for commenting.

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      I enjoyed the beauty of your rocks and appreciate your story for each one. Thank you.

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      Kellys Writing 8 years ago

      Yes and they used to give them to boyscouts and children so that they could open them too. They wanted to share them and teach about them.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kellys Writing,

      If your parents have been collecting geodes for sometime now, they must have quite a collection. Do they put them on display?

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks Uninvited Writer for the comment. I see you have a glass of red wine in your hand! Will have to write about our being part owners of a vineyard sometime.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a nice surprise Ripplemaker! It is quite an honor to be mentioned no matter the outcome of voting. Thanks for the heads up!

      You are correct in that rocks become even more beautiful when wet.

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      Kellys Writing 8 years ago

      Very nice hub. My parents have always loved collecting geodes. They have they're like opening a present everytime.

      Great hub

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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      This is an excellent hub. Very interesting. I loved reading about your family history.

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      Michelle Simtoco 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Peggy, congratulations! Your hub is this week's hubnugget. If you haven't received any notification yet, click on this link to visit Shirley's hub and find out what this is all about! And vote and ask your friends to vote too!

      https://hubpages.com/community/hubnuggets-jan30-20

      I enjoyed reading your rock story. We have many colored rocks here in the beaches esp. in my hometown. The rocks would change color when it becomes wet. I remember getting small rocks from the beach and putting it in our aquarium. LOL Your rock collection though is amazing. Keep on "rocking."

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thank you glassvisage for your comment.

      Growing up in the country with fields and woods surrounding us left much of nature to explore. There were few children to play with outside of school except for my two younger brothers. I guess that influenced me up to this day.........and that is many days ( years ) since those early times of my youth.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You are welcome Robie. Thanks for commenting. These are just a few of the rocks gathered from various vacation spots. Besides rocks, photos and art are our other preferred souvenirs.

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      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing these and your history with rocks... they are so fascinating when you're a child and when you grow up!

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      Roberta Kyle 8 years ago from Central New Jersey

      lovely personal memories and beautiful photos too--really enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jerilee,

      I agree that special rocks become like "old beloved friends." Thanks for the tip about Bisbee, Arizona. Will check it out sometime the next time we plan to go to Arizona.