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North Somerset, United Kingdom
My parents were worried when I ran around with scissors – now I play with fire and (intentionally) break glass! Based in the beautiful South West of England, close to the sea and often the scene of beautiful sunsets, I am inspired by the countryside around. Working with sea glass collected from remote beaches, soda lime glass from Murano, Italy, Europe, USA and beyond, I create artisan beads, for use in my own jewellery or for you to enjoy in your own creations. But I couldn’t stop there; continuing the theme from round rods to flat sheets, mostly from the USA, I break large sheets of transparent, opaque, multi-coloured and dichroic glass into much smaller pieces to make a kiln-formed range of bright, colourful jewellery and home decoration. Each piece I make is individually designed around the shape, size and beauty of the materials and intended to be unique, wearable, usable and affordable. All my glass work is kiln annealed for strength and durability and designed to give pleasure for years to come.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Snakes alive!

If there's anything I don't like in the garden, it has either 8 legs or none at all and crawls along on its belly. I don't like spiders, worms, slugs or snakes!

So, having decided to move some pots that I placed outside my workshop last weekend, I lifted the last one, turned back and found this little critter on the gravel, where the pot had sat. I presume it had gone under the pot because it was cool and dark - it was hot today.

I screamed 'snake' (OK I know it's probably a slow worm, a legless lizard but I wouldn't normally have the power of speech at such times as this) and was overtaken on my dash to lock myself indoors by 2 cats who clearly share my dislike. My neighbours came out of their house with a look of curiosity that said anything less than a giant anaconda would be a disappointment and my husband stood there in total bewilderment that I could be scared of this thing. He said it was 4" long, believe me it's nearer 12" but that's another argument. Ever the hero, husband did collect up the poor thing and take it to a new home across the road where there are trees, grass and hedges to hide in. We have none of these.

So far, we have been delighted with one visit by a squirrel, one visit from a hedgehog and we desperately hope it will be just the one visit by this reptile; beautiful though it is I can assure it we are destined not to be best friends.

Am I right in thinking it's a slow worm? Can anyone confirm?

1 comment:

  1. EEECK! Snakes & crawly thingies are not welcomed guests in my garden...err perhaps they are theirs at the first place...well let me ponder on this thoughts today. ;)