Archive for January, 2009

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to the beach

January 27, 2009

At the weekend my boyfriend and I went to a lovely rocky beach that is one of my favourite places to go in the winter. The bay is a marine nature reserve and is a great place for snorkelling in warmer weather.

Kimmeridge

The beach is a perfect place to see the geology of the area, the different layers of rock are exposed in the cliff so you can look back through millions of years.

kimmeridge

Because the layers are tilted at an angle here, you can walk out into the bay on ledges that are exposed at low tide with a gentle slope one side and a steep drop the other. These are full of children catching crabs and blennies in the summer, and you can lie on the ledges and peer over the edge with a snorkel mask on if you don’t want to actually swim!

ledges

The beach is a really good place to hunt for treasures. I love collecting pretty pebbles and shells and beach glass. Here are some of the things we found that I didn’t bring home…

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Seaweed that looks like a tentacle…

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Fossils…

whelk eggs

Empty Dog Whelk egg cases…

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Rock that looks like a map…

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Kelp roots (again looking like some strange alien being)…

Then we found a wishing stone. I know that’s what it is because Kristy says so!

wish stone

We also found one with a solid circle of white instead of a ring but I’m not sure that counts. We threw it into the sea and made a wish anyway. Boyfriend said it looked like a fossilised pint of Guinness.

Guinness wishing stone

So that was our afternoon at the beach, and a lovely time was had by all. I hope you enjoyed the trip!

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magpie

January 23, 2009

I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to small objects. I have always loved collecting things, ever since I was a small child bringing various sticks and leaves and feathers home from every walk I went on with my parents. Over the last few years beads and buttons became particular favourites, the excuse being that I would eventually make jewellery from them so the hoarding was ok. Recently this has expanded to include any interesting small objects, from bits of smooth glass to doll parts to tiny bottles and bits of rusty metal in interesting shapes.

I love the idea of using found objects in both my jewellery and art pieces, partly because they can be so interesting and beautiful, and partly because I love re-using and  recycling objects to save them from being thrown into the landfill.

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These two brooches were made with a combination of beads, charms and found objects picked up in various places. Some of the beads and gemstone chips were taken from old, broken necklaces and some were new. There are some fuses and an old safety pin covered in new shiny beads and I like the mix of old and new.

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I have also made a few pendants and charms from glass found along the beach and I’d like to try more of this type of recycling in my jewellery. Bottle caps are another medium I’d like to try working with, maybe by writing it here I’ll get a move on and try it!

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Here’s to a quick recovery

January 21, 2009

This poor little thing had to have an operation on her leg a couple of days ago.

Millie

She’s not a happy bunny at the moment, and is having to be bribed into taking her painkillers by wrapping them in ham. And even then she turned her nose up at them tonight. Get well soon Millie!

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To begin a blog…

January 20, 2009

I’ve been meaning to start this blog for a while. Even when I tried to think of it as a new year’s resolution it has taken me almost a month to get going!  It’s surprisingly hard to know what to write in this first post. I don’t want to write too much of an ‘introduction’ as I’m hoping you’ll get to know me more as I post.

There are a few reasons for me starting this. One is that I enjoy reading other people’s blogs and I like the sense of community here in blog-land. Another is that it seems a good place to document little things that happen in life. If I can keep it up for a year that’s one year of little memories that I might not have otherwise. It is also a good incentive to take more photographs.

Lorton Meadows

Like this one of my office, ha ha! This is the nature reserve where i work.

I also enjoy making mixed media artwork and jewellery in my spare time, so this will also function as a place to document that. In turn I hope this will encourage me to create more if I think there might be people looking at what I do! It always helps to feel accountable to someone!

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