The unexpected sunshine of the last few days was the perfect excuse to pack up a picnic and head for the beach to hunt for treasure. Beach combing has to be one of my favourite things to do. I always go home with pockets full of jewel like sea glass, shiny pebbles & sea shells.
Jan Tregeagle who was set the gloomy task of trying to empty a lake on Bodmin Moor (believed at the time to be bottomless), with a limpet shell with a hole in it. We have a much better use for the limpet shells with holes in them, we string them into garlands for the garden!
On my beach hunt I discovered these wonderful trees clinging to the rocks, their roots curling & stretching to find a hold. They look like there ought to be magical creatures living in there!
There was lots of wood on the beach too, cast up during all that stormy weather earlier in the year most probably, it inspired my boy to build a beach sculpture.
Later in the evening, once the stars were out, the driftwood sculpture became a roaring bonfire sending tiny sparks flying into a deep blue night sky.
A glowing sunset made a perfect end to a beautiful day, everywhere looked so magical bathed all in gold and it reminded me how lucky I am to be able to call this beautiful place, Dumfries & Galloway, home, such a magical wee corner of Scotland!
There has been a flurry of activity here with garlands, wee boats & wind chimes being made. I love making my wind chimes, which can be made to order and cost £14 each plus p&p. Each chime is embellished with ribbon & shells, as the breeze catches the chime you can hear the delicate song of the shells, a peaceful sound with echoes of the seashore lingering, and as the mobile moves in the breeze it's pieces shift and change about forming beautiful sculptural shapes.
For now I am away back into the studio to work on some new driftwood creations ready for an exciting new happenig that I shall reveal very soon.