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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.

Monday, 22 February 2010

A visit to Cranford

Well, not quite. The film crew had long gone by the time we visited Lacock yesterday. We went for another of our tours of gardens with snowdrops - I haven't any in my garden (save the few I bought yesterday to plant). Lacock Abbey is National Trust but we could visit just the gardens under the National Gardens Scheme yesterday.

We were surprised how busy it was yesterday, a February Sunday; we've been in July and the village has been deserted.

So, there are plenty of snowdrops and aconites and a few crocus

I've not been around the Abbey before, just the village, but it looks worth a return visit. I think I am right in saying the Abbey houses the Fox-Talbot photographic museum. I was fascinated by the little right angled window in the corner of the chimney. Perhaps it isn't really a chimney?

and how many monks used this doorway before it was bricked up?

At the end of the garden there is a fast slowing river, too cold for a swim!

but it'll be a hot summer, the crows are nesting hight (is that an old wives tale?)

the glass house vents will need to be opened, although they provided some much needed warmth yesterday - loved the weights for keeping the vents closed in winter

and there's more colour in the garden in the warmer summers

which makes sitting with a glass of wine all the more pleasant

And, just to prove advertising doesn't work on some people, husband asked me on the way home 'why was there so much in the NT shop about Cranford and why had the the Quintessentially English Apothecary shop (lovely soaps and more) a display of Mrs Gaskell books?'

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