Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Beach Days and a teeny tiny Giveaway


Hello dear friends, long time no see. I've been a very naughty blogger, but the truth is I have been enjoying life away from the screen. Our summers in the UK can be so short lived, the moment that sun is out, so am I. Funny thing is, I've probably had more to blog about than ever, but have not had the time. 

I live no more than 300 metres from the beach. A stony beach on the Welsh side of the Bristol Channel. At one time one of the world's busiest shipping channels. Not so much these days, just the odd, colourful container ship when the tide is right.  That tide is also the second highest in the world so all sorts of flotsam and jetsam end up on these shores. Today I was on the hunt for some sea glass. Real sea glass that is, smoothed by the ebb and flow of the waters, not tumbled in a machine which is so often the case these days. Did you know, sea glass is becoming a rare commodity. With all the recycling of glass, supplies are dwindling. Used mostly by artisan jewellery makers, it's beautiful. Time worn with mystery attached. Where did it come from?

The largest piece I found today is over 6cm long and a lovely pale aqua.  I also found some smaller blues and greens and a few lovely shells. If you would like them just leave a comment below telling me what you would use it for. I will ship anywhere in the world. Who knows, it could end up where it started.

That Sookie has no concept of composition. I can't tell you how many shots she photo bombed! 

32 comments:

  1. Well look who's HERE! DI DEAR and SOOKIE the COOKY girl, on the beach. My friend, I am so happy to meet you here on one of my (no, my favorite) places on earth: THE BEACH. Do you know, when we lived in Boston, Massachusetts, we lived right across the street from the shore. Every day after work and school, my husband and I would go out to walk on the shore, meet up with friends both human and canine, then HUNT for beach glass! I still have my stash of the most prized color: AQUA! I must bring those pieces out now that you have conjured up that memory.

    I love seeing Sookie's bum here...teeehehehehee for I can tell she loves to accompany you on the hunt. My goodness, I am so refreshed to meet you here!

    Thank you so much for coming to visit my post....I love how you coined that phrase: "That's so Anita!" HAHAHAHAHHA well, I'm the ringleader whether it's at school in my classroom, at home (my poor husband gets caught up in my schemes to do something outlandish) or in blogland, I love organizing people to have fun.

    I'd love to hear from you dear heart, and when you have a quiet moment, email me. I must tell you about my summer projects and they are as such:

    1. reading, studying and writing better poetry (this will take a lifetime)
    2. looking at, studying and snapping better photos (I am likening this art to poetry)


    I am so happy to hear you are having fun OUTSIDE and in life. Wishing you more happiness as you live out this summer doing what you enjoy the most.

    Hoping to hear from you soon! Anita

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    1. I know how you love that aqua!
      Will email you shortly letting you know what's going on.
      Di
      xoxo

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  2. So great to hear from you Dianne - I've missed you but understand your feelings about grabbing every bit of summer possible!

    My news includes thinking of you when we were in Bath last month! I'd made a note about Pieminister pies after reading your post. I found a Pieminister pub, The Raven, where Bob and I went for supper our first night in that fabulous city, and we loved our pies! It was a great little old pub and we sat in the window upstairs people watching, and also met some very nice customers who were visiting from Wiltshire.

    I truly love sea glass and shells and, if I was to win your sweet giveaway, I'd display them in my 'cabinet of curiosities' along with other precious collected 'curious' items from around this wonderful planet. It sits in my living room and I love picking up the little treasures now and then, recalling from where they originated.

    Love your pics dear thanks for coming back to us - and that sweet Sookie pic with tongue hanging out and cheery red leash is great!
    Don't stay away for so long next time!
    Hugs, Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,
      Yes indeed yo grabbing every bit of summer.
      I wish I had known you were just over the bridge. I would have loved to come and meet for a coffee. Let me know next time :-)
      Enjoy your summer dearest!
      Much love
      Di
      xoxo

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  3. I'll throw my name in the hat for the sea glass! I don't have any of the real stuff, of course, since I lived in landlocked Alberta. I would put it in a small decorative bowl with my mother-of-pearl sea shell and a small pewter mermaid.

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    1. Hi Debra,
      I think I will go on the hunt for more sea glass as I'd like to send everyone a piece.
      A small pewter mermaid sounds wonderful
      Di
      xoxo

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  4. Well, you have certainly been missed my dear. I have been busy too. Went on to Colorado, because our new house failed to finish on time. Then went back to Texas, in the June hea, to move in...Ouch!

    I would love a piece of the lovely colored sea glass to sit right beside my computer to remind me of far away places...places where I have blogging friends! Janey

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    1. Hello Janey,
      I suppose these house deadlines are moveable beasts. What a pain. Hope your are in and settled though.
      I'm going on the hunt for more sea glass so hopefully will be able to send to a few people.
      All the very best.
      Di
      xoxoxo

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  5. Hello Diane,
    The weather looks beautiful and I am happy to hear you are out and about. Sookie is adorable seems to like to work.
    Those treasures are beautiful and I am sure a jewel maker will have joy creating with one.
    Continued joy and sunny days

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    1. Hello Helen,
      I was just over enjoying your cruise this morning. Looks like it was wonderful.
      Enjoy your summer.
      Di
      xoxoxo

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  6. My Dearest Di,

    What a wonderful post, as always. Your photos of the Bristol Channel are most wondrous; I can almost smell the salt spray. And it was good to see her ladyship, Miss Sookie once again.

    I am hoping the identifier that will attach to this comment is one you will recognize and see that I have moved from Blogger to WordPress. An yes I took you with me on the move. Since taking up residence on the new blog I have become a rather chatty commenter, lol.

    Hoping the summer sun will allow for a few more sweet tidbits of your photos and travels, as each post are a most cherished treat. Wishing you and yours a most delightful summer. – gary

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    1. Hi Gary,
      I did see you had gone over to the dark side, Wordpress, and I must say I love it!
      Great to see you and keep up your wonderful photography.
      Di
      xoxoxo

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  7. I would love to win the sea glass. For the last 10 years I have looked and looked for sea glass when I am at the beach, but I have never found any.

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    1. Well we will have to see what we can do about that Nancy!
      Di
      xoxo

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  8. Hello Dianne, Just looking at these photos cooled me off after a hot day. I too love finding things near the water--sea glass, shells, fossils, you name it. Just recently we were at the Ashtabula River, where we found some nice pieces of sea glass (inland rivers work the same way on glass), so I won't enter your drawing, although I do admire your arrangements.

    Glad to hear you are having such a nice summer.
    --Jim

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    1. Hi Jim,
      I've never looked for glass in rivers, how interesting, must keep an eye out.
      Sending a cool Bristol Channel breeze your way :-)
      Enjoy your summer.
      Di
      xoxo

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  9. I’d love to own a piece of seaglass and add it to my collection of stones, pebbles, skeletons, ammonites, etc.

    But what is seaglass?

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    1. Hi Friko,
      Seaglass could have started out as a bottle thrown into the Indian Ocean anywhere between 20-50 years ago. It's washed around until it becomes smooth and developed a lovely frosty bloom from the action of the salt. Lovely stuff. I can see I'm going to have to go back to the beach to find more.
      Di
      xoxo

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  10. Love the Welsh Coast. Spent so much time there, but will probably never get back now.
    This seaglass would sit on my shelf and remind me how lovely it is on the other side of the world!

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    1. I will have to see what I can do then :-)
      I'm just hoping there will be enough seaglass on that beach to send everyone a piece!
      Di
      xoxo

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  11. Dianne, that glass comes on the Maine beaches too. How lucky you have the companionship with Sookie.
    what is that sea shell? Never have seen one. Have a great weekend. yvonne

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    1. Hi Yvonne,
      It's my dream to visit the beaches of Maine! Yes, little Sooks is the best of friends, feisty but such a beautiful little soul! I'm a bit crazy about her :-)
      That my dear, is a limpet shell. I actually had to google that to find out myself :-)
      We both learnt something today!
      Di
      xoxo

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  12. I understand how life gets in the way of blogging - enjoy this time! Good to see your post, the water looks wonderful. These days I'm looking for a crystal ball, not sure why, it just sounds cool, maybe I should check your Etsy shop? Take care.

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    1. Hello my darling Joy. I am enjoying the time off but missing it at the same time. Does that make any sense?
      I have a crystal ball. I stare at it Nostradamus style. Haven't seen anything yet but it's a nice relaxing thing to behold. Unfortunately I don't have any in my shop but you can find them on ebay. It will be a bit hit and miss though as I think you need to hold one to see if it's right for you. Do you have any mineral shops in your area?
      Enjoy the search.
      Di
      xoxo

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  13. Hi Di! What a dream life you live, with dogs and beaches and beautiful daughters, and the spiffiest re-do on this blog! It's gorgepouys..whoops. Mistype. I mean GORGEOUS. But I 'll leave that other word , 'cause I think it looks cool :)
    I saw a Kindle mystery on Amazon today and it made me think of you. Not because you're a mass murderer or anything, but because it's set in Cardiff, Wales. It's called Love Story, with Murders by Harry Bingham. I didn't buy it , but it might be a thrilling little beach read.
    Yes, I love being connected on Facebook! And thanks for visiting Quiddity.
    Have a lovely weekend, or what's left of it!
    dawne

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    1. Hello Dawne,
      Maybe I should blog about one of my "shit" days. I have often thought I present only my better days on the blog. Just like everyone else, it's not all nice. I've just had a particularly difficult tooth extraction ready for an implant. Maybe some pictures of that will bring it all back to earth :-)
      I'm enjoying the new look blog, more pics, less words. I will have to seek out Love Story, sounds like a good summer read as you say. I've always loved your photos Dawne. So glad you are blogging again. It was grat to connect on Facebook. Hope all is going well with your move to France. So excited for you.
      Much love
      Di
      xoxo

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  14. Hello Di,

    How marvellous to see you back online! Your photography is amazing! Your vision is always artistic and poetic in capturing the unusual rocks, seashells and sea glass scattered on the beach. They always look wonderful when you put them on your windowsill especially when the light picks up their aquatic colours. The sea looks very calm. I hope you are having a wonderful summer. The weather has been a blessing this year, hasn't it? Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. It is always nice to make the most of our sunny days because as you know, they won't last forever.

    With warm wishes, ASD

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    1. Dearest ASD,
      You are one of my favourite blog world pleasures!
      Thanks so much for popping by. Wonderful to see you.
      Di
      xoxo

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  15. Hello Dianne,

    What a naughty band of bloggers we should all make! We have been absent too since, as you say, one does wish to capture Summer before it goes into hibernation until next year.

    How beautifully your photographs have captured the mood, tints and tones of the beach and these heady, sunny days of Summer. The colour palette formed by your rocks and sea glass is truly dreamy and makes our minds wander instantly into those carefree days of our childhood building castles in the sand or exploring rock pools.

    We are delighted that you are enjoying yourself with no time to blog......the nights are drawing in......!!

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    1. Yes, we are a naughty band, out enjoying our lives :-)
      As you say, before we know it, the nights are drawing in!!! Just not too soon hopefullt.
      Enjoy what's left.
      Di
      xoxo

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  16. Di it is always a pleasure to see your posts and beautiful photos!

    I hope that you are enjoying every minute of your summer, winter will be here before we know it!

    Have a wonderful weekend dear friend!

    xox Elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth, I love seeing you here!
      You too my dear, enjoy your summer time, I know the winters can be harsh where you are.
      Much Love
      Di
      xoxo

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