Category Archives: travel

Silent Sunday

shell mandala

 

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Silly Saturday

Shell picture from Nevis

“Bonjour,

Passe moi l’aspirine”

Silly Saturday

shells and coral character

Jude out shopping

Shells and coral collected from Abu Dhabi beaches back in 2014, you can see more shell collections here.

Textile Art

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A work in progress…….DSC_0131-3

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Needing a rest from crochet for a while, I have returned to some of the textile pieces I started back in Dec/Jan when I was staying in the treehouse near Solva.

I might add beads, shells and maybe a crocheted seahorse …… I’m in the exciting phase of experimentation and exploring a multitude of possibilities………

 

 

Passion for Pineapples

DSC_1095Have you noticed that lately, pineapples are appearing in all sorts of places, on clothes, as jewellery, on china ……….

I’ve had a ‘thing’ for pineapples for a while, and have a couple of them cheering up the doors of my dated kitchen cupboards, (along with a clown drawn by Miss E when she was 6).

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They were painted by Raoul Speek, a Caribbean artist living in Solva, Pembrokeshire. Decorative pineapples have popped up in all sorts of places since they were first brought to the British Isles.

Origin of the Word
The word pineapple in English was first recorded in 1398, when it was originally used to describe the reproductive organs of conifer trees (now termed pine cones). When European explorers discovered this tropical fruit they called them pineapples (term first recorded in that sense in 1664) because of their resemblance to what is now known as the pine cone. The term pine cone was first recorded in 1694, and was used to replace the original meaning of pineapple

They are often found in and around old houses as a symbol of prosperity – like on these railings outside a house in St.Davids.

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Raoul Speek’s pineapples inspired a cushion I made back in 2013

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And more recently I ordered some smaller wooden shapes from Hazel Woodcraft for the grandchildren to decorate as presents.

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A trip to the Caribbean fuelled my Pineapple Passion,

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on chairs

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as wall lights

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pool-side lanternsDSCF0319

balsa wood sculptures

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on carpets

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and can you spot them in this room?

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yes, the tray.

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I loved the atmosphere in that house – it’s name is Serendipity and you can stay there……

…….. and then……oh! …. oh my goodness! … my heart skipped a beat,  I saw a pattern for Pineapple Bunting on Etsy …….

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and hey presto another mini-obsession takes hold ………DSC_0024

 

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So many colour combos to explore!!! Juicy!

to be continued….

 

Painted leaves

The beautifully painted leaves on The Green Dragonfly today prompted me to find the photos of the leaf doodling I did on Nevis.DSC_1602

I never did discover the name of the plant this leaf came from, it grew near the sea.

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Each morning I would create little arrangements on the table on the verandaDSC_1422

I can’t stop arranging things – even the loose tiles in the swimming pool could not escape

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…….. a coral collection

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……..shells

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some of which I doodled on wondering if they would combine with a seahorse to make little hanging decorations

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What do you think?

 

 

Bird

plain grey pelican

diving into the shallows

small fry for breakfast

A joy whilst on Nevis was to watch the pelicans diving near the shore on my early  morning shell hunts

Joining in with Ronovan’s weekly Haiku Challenge, prompts PLAIN and FAST

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combining it with our One-a-Week Photo prompt for this week of BIRD.

Cathy and I compiled the list for the year, just for fun. Join in as and when you like using new or archive blog posts. We love to see your take on the subjects – always a fascinating variety. Leave a link in the comments to be included in the Round-up.