Two more spectacular hats from Greenlife (Whole Foods small local-ish store), the one on the left a fish, and the one on the right a manly chain mail crossed with motorcycle goggles and finished off with -what else? braids. Asheville is a town of many great hats. I hope people wear hats like this in the places I'm sending them--
I found a stowaway bald cypress cone in the bottom of my bag when we got home from NOLA. After a couple of days on my drawing table it began to separate into sections, very much like a Chinese puzzle. It was possible to reassemble it like a puzzle, too! I've never seen a cone like this. It smells very spicy and resinous. I read that the oily resin is really good for preserving wood.