Throughout our yard we have some fairly large attractive rocks, each of which have a bit of history attached.
This is rose quartz. We have quite a number (a dozen or so) of these pieces in various parts of our yard. They were given to us by some friends many years ago, when they were downsizing their home. They have now both gone home to be with the Lord but I remember them frequently when I look at these rocks.
This is a beautiful piece which I believe came from the Anza Borrego Desert. It has a beautiful rose hue to it and those shiny white specks are mica which really glisten when the sun comes around.
This piece we purchased along with a number of other large pieces, when we set up our small waterfall. I believe it is just called river rock, but I like the red iron ore color which has not faded over time.
I do believe this came from the beach. Another rose color. (Do you sense a theme here?) Our backyard is really quite green for southern California even though we don't have any grass. So these rose and red pieces make a nice contrast.
These two pieces really do have a history to them. They were part of the wall of the old sanctuary of our church. The lower walls were made of lava rock, which is what these are. The church was expanded by extending the sides and we inherited these two pieces of lava rock. Today, the main worship area of our church is in another much larger building called the Worship Center and which was built in 1991. But the old sanctuary with all the lava rock is still used for many occasions, not the least of which is our Spanish church La Iglesia Cristiana de Carlsbad.
Finally, a bunch of river rocks especially purchased for our small waterfall garden at the side of the patio where I do all my birdwatching. My husband tells me he hand laid every single one of them (an area of 25 feet square). I didn't actually see him do it, but knowing my husband's attachment to details, I believe him!