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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.

Friday, 31 October 2014

The veg plot – and the 4th riddle

As those of you who follow my blog and ramblings will know, our garden floods when it rains heavily so all the borders that matter, in the back garden, are raised.  As a result we grow our veg in pots – when we remember to plant the seeds.  RHS Rosemoor seem better at this than us, I wonder why?

Hidden down the end of a path is their veg garden, full of pumpkins and squashes, melons and onions, chillies and salad crops, sunflower heads for the birds – and a scarecrow gardener.   

Now we are half way through the riddles – here is riddle number 4.

I am not alive but I grow
I do not have lungs but need air
I do not have a mouth but water kills me
What am I?

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 cafĂ© 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?

Monday, 27 October 2014

Someone has to do the work – and the second riddle

How are you doing, did you get the answer to the first riddle?  What riddle?  Have a look at my last blog post.

One of the events at RHS Rosemoor for half-term entertainment was working heavy horses.  Not a cat, but it is an animal so off we went to see.

Hidden in the forest around Rosemoor we came across 2 heavy horses (and a lumberjack – is he a lumberjack?  Monty Python weren’t explaining what one was when they sang the song). 

Amazing how easily they moved around between the trees and dragged quite large logs around.  Sadly we didn’t get invited to go cuddle them or feed them apples from the orchard.

I sometimes think we’ll never get to New England to see the Fall, but seems this Autumn is particularly spectacular over here too.

It did rain a lot though, that Pine tree is rusty!

I'd love on of these benches - there are several around the site - nearly fainted at the price!  Perhaps Santa is reading this?

Back to the riddle ........................................

The second riddle is…
When you have me, you feel like sharing me
But if you share me, you don’t have me
What am I?

 All the details about the riddles and the prize draw are in the last blog post, on Sunday 26th October.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

RHS Rosemoor and a riddle


Today, the clocks changed and it is officially no longer Summer time!  Now the nights are really drawing in, dark soon after 5pm.  To celebrate the last day of Summer Time, and both managing to engineer a day out together from busy schedules, Himself and I went to RHS Rosemoor in Devon for a day out.  Early start, late back, lunch, food, coffee and all that you would expect of one of my days out. 

Whilst there we saw some riddles, aimed, I’m sure, at the kids, for half term and Halloween.  There be dragons too.  And a Troll.  And a cat - more of the cat later.  On a good day, there's always a cat.

So, as I mentioned on Facebook last night I’m going to have a competition.


Here's the plan ......................

My plan is 8 blog posts with some gorgeous autumnal pics and a riddle. Might be one a day, might not, you'll have to keep an eye out for them. I'll post the links to my blog on here so you might want to keep an eye out for them. Facebook won't let me demand you like my page, but I guess it makes it easier for you to find the posts if you do?  Perhaps you already do, if not perhaps you might like to?

There will be 8 in all and at the end, if you email me your answers, I'll choose a winner from those who get all 8 right and send you a prize. Might be jewellery, might be beads, I'll give you a choice. What they will be, right now I don't know but I'll get my thinking cap on. Free to join in, just a bit of fun, and we all like the chance of something free, don't we?  

It seems, however, that there always have to be rules – and they are here and cover what will happen if no one gets the answers right, no one enters and just about anything else I can think of that will need covering.

Subscribers to my newsletter who get all 8 answers right will get a bonus entry into the draw for the winner. The independent drawer master will either be my husband (he can't be bribed, heaven knows I have tried) or Charlie cat, who will happily pick a piece of paper from a pile and play football with it (so in his case, the winner is the missing piece of paper).

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Anyway - Autumn..... surprising how many plants are still flowering.  Mine are pretty much done for the year.  So here's a few....

The riddle - number 1

I run forever, but never move at all
I have no lungs or throat but still a might roaring call
What am I?