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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.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Once upon a time on The Strawberry Line















A walk along part of the Cheddar Valley Railway.


For those not local, that is the same Cheddar as in Cheddar cheese - although that is made everywhere now. Our walk started in Yatton. The joke in the picture above, of Yatton railway station is that if you alight here for Clevedon you'll have a long walk; taxis are non-existent, even when you pre-book them(!), buses stop running about 4pm and don't coicide with train times and the walk is about 4 miles along country lanes with no street lights or pavements most of the way. Yatton station's saving grace is the car park alongside which is the start of the Strawberry Line walk, so named as, for many years, Strawberries grown around Cheddar were sent far and wide from this branch line.

Slightly battered, vandalism is everywhere these days, the walk is well signposted with interesting facts

and sign posts. The entrance is marked with modern ironwork depicting scenes from the history of the railway and it's new life as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


Children from the local schools have added art along the way, this seat was made by the local junior school to commemorate Roman remains found nearby.


The path, which follows the line of the old track, runs along side the local ancient drainage system, called rhynes (pronounced reenes)

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