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I’ve had a week off the office job, and I’m using the time to finish the corrections on my PhD thesis, but it’s also time to have some fun! I’ve missed being in the sea, a lot, so I decided to have a beach day even though it’s not really quite warm enough. However, with some planning it’s do-able, especially as I live so close to the beach.
I put on some warm and comfy gear, including my new t-shirt and jacket from Australian surf brand ‘Afends‘. Loving this stuff! I haven’t owned a denim jacket since the 80s, and with jeans, crazy pattern t-shirt and my beach bag, I fluffed up my hair and felt like a teenager again! If you like their gear, you can get a 20% discount with the code BLOG20!
I took myself, my books (Aussie too) and my dog over to Cilborth beach, built a little fire and pretended it’s summer already. No surf here just yet, but I have hopes for the rest of the weekend…
Have been seaglassing furiously. I bought the wrong size of diamond tipped drill bit and broke two lovely piece of blue glass with them. They are a bit big, which is good for thick pieces that won’t otherwise take the jumprings, but it takes ages and sometimes breaks them so this week’s stall proceeds (which were really good!) go towards more drillbits. One of them just went black and refused to work for some reason!
The Carreg Bica silver handmade charms are quite exciting. A lot of work, so I’ll have to price them accordingly, but I think they’re such unique items so perfectly placed (with the market overlooking the beach and Bica) that they are worth the effort. It’s so lush to see them come up to a satin shine under the sandpaper. Attempts to cut corners by using drill attachments to polish them up didn’t work; old-school it is.
Pottery pieces are a delight to work with – so pretty and so easy to drill I use an old worn-out bit. So that means I can make a bit of stuff a bit faster! Which I just have to do at the moment. A few more filled glass bottles as well, and I will have a fair amount of stuff. I bought lots of charms etc. last week and am delighted with all of the bits that turned up. People on eBay (and Kernowcraft) are so prompt and professional, Amazon and co take note!
I shared a stall at the Llangrannog market last week with ‘Ocean Pictures’ and made more than I have so far! All to be ploughed back in – more pretty silver charms, leather cords and coloured pieces to come. People are (very nicely) free with their advice and I also have new, better price tags in mind with more information on the origin of the seaglass.
I also need to sort out my ‘choose your own’ boards, so people can select the elements they want then I’ll make it up for them then and there. All good fun!
A photo from yesterday, May Day or Beltane. If I can get the light and lens right on Hipstamatic, I think this section of rocks on Cilborth will make a good backdrop for photographing new seaglass stock…once I’ve finished making it all!
Made some more seaglass stuff for my Etsy shop.
If you want some Xmas goodies use XMASFUN at the checkout for 15% off! Loved making these — I have to admit, sea pottery is a lot easier to drill than seaglass but there we are. I have sold quite a few pieces, mostly to locals but one piece is heading to America tomorrow!
Monday was pretty good here, but muggins was working. Freelancing is SO hard when it starts to pump but you’ve got a deadline!
Jumped in on Tuesday and had quite a few lovely little waves, but it was the company that made it special. I’ve been surfing here for 20 years now, and I always love to surf with the boys. Just a couple this time; one who I don’t know so well but he’s shit-hot, and the other who I’ve known as long as I’ve been surfing. It was awesome to hear of some pretty significant developments in their lives…all settling down, basically!
Then a girl paddled out! This never happens in Crannog, being as it’s the middle of nowhere. I think she was from Cornwall way; she looked like a Cornish maid. Surfed good, too. I always feel competitive with another girl in the water, ‘cos I see them so seldom. She had some lovely little peaks and good to see a smile on her face.
But the best company was, as it often is, the wildlife. A little silver fish throwing a fit on the ocean surface, just jumping out and skittering along. Then a seal appeared and we all pulled our feet up, just in case. A baby it was, with its mum looking on from further away. They’re at the curious age. I was looking out to sea when it popped up about three metres away from me and flapped a flipper at me. I have to say I did scream a bit; the seal had its eyes firmly on me and looked quite pleased at the reaction, the little sod. Satisfied, it swam off back towards New Quay. A beautiful silver and grey thing with those big round eyes. Full of mischief, this one.
Surf went dead the next day, despite hopeful buoy predictions. The worst summer I can ever remember here.
Still, off to FRANCE!!!! tomorrow. Small waves forecast for the first few days, then HUGE. Oh dear. Despite having done six weeks of Insanity, I still don’t think I’m ready for huge, not French style. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen anything challenging. Still, I cannot wait for a holiday — barring magazine trips, which were often more work than you’d actually believe, I’ve not been on a holiday since me and 6 girlies went to northern Portugal about eight years ago! Seriously — what happened to traveller me! Too much work and not enough SURF! All about to change…
I’ve started to sell my seaglass jewellery creations, because I can’t keep them all, and can’t afford the silver clay, diamond-tipped drill bits and so on unless I make a bit of money out of it! I love seaglass and sea pottery…hope you will like too.
(It’s okay to take photos of your food once in a while, right?! Oh well, I don’t care!