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I always swore I would not get one of these ugly, dangerous-in-the-waves, silly-looking hipster old-fart craft. However, I am quite old now, and I never cared about looking silly (anyone who does will not learn to surf).
I’m not a kayak person, but I wanted to go further than I can paddle my fish, and take stuff with me (or more to the point, bring it back). I also wanted something surf-like to do on flat days. Then I saw Yoga Girl (Rachel Brathen) doing yoga on one and that tipped it for me.
Mine is inflatable, because the solid ones are frankly a ridiculous price. I’ve been on it three times and fallen off A Lot. My legs and stomach burn, which is a good, good thing. YouTube saved me from the poo-man stance but otherwise I haven’t really got a clue. But it is so peaceful out there with just a paddle to work. Wish I had more time on the water – soon, soon. I might even surf it sometime.
After two weeks of crap weather and no market stall for me, I have had a chance to drill lots more pieces and make some more silver charms/Carreg Bica pendants. (They’re not on Etsy yet, so contact me if you want one.)
I have started playing with drilling hearts into pebbles, and they drill easier than glass, so it’s fun and satisfying.
I did well on the stall yesterday and loved having girls come up and choose their favourite piece of seaglass to pair with a special charm. I remember going to New Quay’s Shell Shop was always the height of my summer holiday, and I bought everything from mood rings to shell bracelets to little tortoises modelled out of cowrie shells. So I love helping girls spend their precious holiday money on something they really love, and tend to do myself out of a profit sometimes so they can get what they want! I remember the pain of having just not quite enough money for something really pretty…
Here’s one little girl who looked so pretty in her seahorse pendant I asked her dad if I could take a photo. I made this one specially for her, but I think I’ll need to make a few more as I love the way this silk cord from Kernowcraft looks.
I went to the Chuckling Goat open day on Saturday to see the farm and goats and to get some more of their lovely soap. I ended up buying a lot more than that!
Since my little Furtle went I have been feeling awful in every way, so maybe the kefir sounded like a miracle cure to me. But everything that Shann said made sense, and I hope that my skin will be better, my energy and mood improved, and that it’ll help my asthma, constant thrush and recurring hives (I’m a treat!).
It was fascinating to see the grains (more like pale scrambled egg) that is the live culture, and I quite like the taste of it fermented in goat’s milk. I’m drinking a third of a pint every morning. Mum is too – she’s had some adverse reactions, but so far I haven’t. But then, I do eat clean most of the time (just need to cut out the beer – the less sugar the better with this).
I did wonder how getting up and glugging it at 6.30am then doing an hour’s (hard) training would work, but apart from a little burping in the cardio section it seems to be okay!
So no crisps, white potatoes (except the odd new potato), chips, refined sugar in anything, processed carbs like white pasta and rice, no beer/cider (I have had a couple of G&Ts though!) and generally trying to eat greens, good fats and grains. I’m doing okay so far but the weekend is always a toughie…and the chip bucket at work, especially when I am exhausted.
Basically I am trying to stick to my routine to get through a difficult time, and hope that this will give me an extra boost. If I think it’s worked, I’ll probably do a couple of courses a year, or even start making it (but they do say that’s really tough).
What a wonderful place to have just up the road…I wonder if they need a writer…or anything else.
The market is still going well, and people who have booked some time for all of the above are turning up in increasing numbers.
One family who bought lots of stuff last year came again and bought more! I had a request for an anklet which I was happy to make up, then I decided to make more for the stall. I love anklets! The above is the custom ordered one, a green bead charm and mermaid, and below is a silver anchor, light blue seaglass and silver chain, £10. See it on Etsy.
This is a really unusual colour – I don’t think I’ve ever seen this kind of deep green-blue before. It’s paired with a simple silver anchor and silver 16″ chain. I love it…it might not make it onto the stall!
I had forgotten I bought some long chains – had fun yesterday in a quiet spot at the Llangrannog Local Producers Market making these. Left is sea pottery and green seaglass, right is a shell fragment with a mermaid resting on it.
Thanks to the lovely Kerry from Beachcomber Jewellery for the gift boxes!
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!