I passed by a bank of Narcissi this afternoon and they made me smile.
Choir friends brought me some more bits of jewellery for my glass work. I am going to have so much fun with all these little treasures!
Gifts from Anne and Jan – thank you both
Visiting friends this evening, I was very taken by the beautiful finger plate on their sitting room door. It is Newlyn copper and is very special. Apparently, when there were not enough fish to be caught or the weather was too bad to go out fishing, the fishermen were taught to work with copper, making small pieces for domestic use. This piece is really lovely with its fish and seaweed in the design.
You may find this page interesting explaining more about Newlyn copper.
At our last choir two lovely people gave me some bits of jewellery to add to my glass work.
Beautiful bits from Lisa and Helen
This ghostly apparition delighted me this morning, especially when the rainbows passed over it.
Our sunshine ghost
I cut the glass for this one a few days ago but didn’t have all the right additions until Monday evening. I have worked on it all afternoon and am pleased with the final result though the photo looks gold and it isn’t! It’s silver!
Today’s work, incorporating the two little turquoise earrings, top left in above photo, and a piece of sea-glass
Several years ago we planted a small border with a colour scheme of purple, white and green dedicated to my Great Granny who was a Suffragette, was imprisoned in Holloway, went on hunger strike and was force fed. In the family but not in my possession, we have the Holloway brooch designed by Sylvia Pankhurst and given to all those incredibly brave women who fought for our right to vote. To honour her, we have our Suffragette Garden.
1. This was the garden two years ago in Spring, a bit later than now.
2. Now it is looking tired with just a few individual splashes of colour and it needs renovation. This is my main project for the moment. We want colour all year round. We have Clematis, one white and one purple for later in the year. We have Japanese Anemones and we had Tibouchina Urvilleana but it isn’t looking very well. I’m thinking of a couple of small Hebes, one white and one purple. If anyone has suggestions to help, especially plants that won’t demand too much attention, I’m all ears. The white Narcissi at the road end that were once lovely have almost all come up blind for the second year…..
Not enough colour, lots of clearing work to be done
3. There are pops of colour to be seen but fewer Crocuses than two years ago. The birds up-rooted lots of them.
4. Only one Hyacinth is showing and that one a bit thin.
Lonely Hyacinth and much weeding to be done
5. The Clematis is showing lots of growth and rather early so we hope there is no cold spell coming to knock it back, fairly unlikely here in Cornwall but by no means impossible.
Clematis growing well
6. And just to show you – The Holloway Brooch, on which we base our colour scheme.
Pop over to The Propagator’s blog to see more contributions to Six on Saturday from gardeners all over the world which are fascinating to read.
I put out a call at my choirs for bits of jewellery that were no longer wanted and last week one of my Suitcase friends brought me in some earrings. I’ve been working on a piece that would suit them and finished it yesterday in time to take it to show W at singing this morning. Thank you W for your beautiful contribution to my work.
W’s earrings on my glass
W’s earrings on my glass, held at the window. Tide’s out.
I loved this when I found it. Reading is such an adventure for us all!
It was Valentine’s Day a week ago but these words are timeless.
To my delight a small parcel arrived this morning. I knew what was going to be inside as one of my Dear Readers had very kindly offered to send me some sea-glass and here it was! The colours are so delicate – whites, greens, some blues and a precious bit of red and another of turquoise. The darker colours are shades of green when held up to the light.
Sea Glass from Seaham Beach
I set to straightaway to make a new piece of my stained glass project adding the sea glass as well as up-cycling some jewellery that I had found in a charity shop. It needs some refining but here it is. Huge thanks to Judith and her thoughtful generosity.
Today’s work on white paper
Today’s work, hanging
It’s a full moon tonight and high tide was about 5pm so we went to see the waves at Portreath, always at their best at full moon. They were magnificent!