All good modellers, and most of us indifferent ones, collect stuff. One never knows when some odd bit of wood, plastic or metal might be just the thing to adorn a layout currently under construction. In this case a few stones picked up off the road (a Roman road, just to be posh) and some bits of wood laminate were carefully hoarded for the start of the project. Also a chance discovery on eBay led to the purchase of some genuine Chinese lions, made from genuine Chinese plastic. All was set, one just had to get on it with it.