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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.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

And there’s always a cat – and a prize - and the 3rd riddle


We joined the RHS a year ago with all good intentions and on a bit of a whim.  With my Mother in Law being taken seriously ill and having to go into care, the 6 months that we would have had best use of our membership has been spent driving up and down the M5 sorting out her needs and home.  So, having made the decision to let this lapse this year, we made one last visit before the membership runs out at the end of October.  Were Rosemoor (or any other RHS site) closer than 90 miles away, our decision might have been different.

On our first visit we discovered a cat.  The staff tell us it lives nearby and just visits.  I’m on holiday, my cats are in a cattery, I have cat withdrawal symptoms and my new moggy friend and I just shared some love.  I know my red coat does me no favours, but it is warm and considerably larger than I am – before you all feel the need to comment!


I’d just said to Himself, ‘I wonder if we’ll see the cat again?’ when who should come round the corner? Yes that is the same red coat in the top photo, yes it is dribble-proof. 

Is it the same cat?  Well, if not, it’s just as friendly.  We did spot another who must be family but was not so friendly, or just plain scared of people shooing it from the café area.

So, despite only being away for the day, I did get my cat-fix!

So who is playing along with the riddles?  Come on, leave me a comment so I know someone is taking part :)  If you read the T&Cs in the first post (there, just in case anyone thinks a bit of fun should be run along the same stringent lines of the National Lottery - I can't afford Alan Dedicoat to draw the winner!) you will know that you have a chance of winning even if you don't get all 8 clues right.

The prize - a choice of a set of three beads, the large lentil is over 30mm diameter, or if you prefer, I will use the largest bead in this set and make a pendant, wrapped in sterling silver, similar to the photo below.


How are you getting on with the riddles?  Here’s the third one:

It happens once in a minute
Twice in a week
And once in a year
What is it?

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