clivethecelt wrote:What are the large leaves on the basing, please?
Birch seed scales. We must have birch trees nearby because every year around late summer/early autumn we get them blowing into the garden for about a fortnight. I just gather them up and glue them on! They're free and you probably walk past piles of them without realising if you go along pavements anywhere near birch trees. The scales are the protective plates on the catkins that protect the seed as it grows. When the seeds are ready to scatter on the wind, the seed and the scale fall away from each other (the seed looks like a little brown cartoon fly, with a round body and two thin wings) so you'll probably see both piled up on the floor, but not attached.
I think you can buy them on the interweb, but make sure you're buying the 'seed scales' not the 'seeds', because they're not even a bit the same.
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full time job." – Lt. Bromhead to Prince Dabulamanzi before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
You do realize mine going to look like camel poo, compared to yours, when I paint it.
“conscribe te militem in legionibus. pervagare orbem terrarium. inveni terras externas. cognosce miros peregrines. eviscera eos” ̴ “Join the legions, see the world, travel to foreign parts, meet interesting and exotic people, and disembowel them.”