Friday, 27 January 2012

The Call of the Sea

 Irresistable: living as I do in Cornwall - why would I want to resist the chance of walking to the beach, especially on a January day like this when the sun is shining!

But, today I have set myself the necessary task of finding a new provider for my website and starting the process of transferring everything from my previous provider 'Frooly' who have now ceased trading.

At first I was dismayed at the thought of all the work involved, but now I feel much more positive about the whole thing and see it as a chance to be more creative with my site and make the most of a 're-launch'.

So, I must resist the call of the sea for now and just get on with it.

Although, I do have a great excuse - Molly, my lovely lurcher, must have her walk and she loves the beach:)

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied:
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blow spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

'Sea Fever' John Masefield

Friday, 20 January 2012

The gentle art of wrecking

photo courtesy of Matthew Fox/Studiofourseven

Wrecking - not the practise of luring ships to founder then plundering their cargo, but the term used in the West Country for beachcombing - subject of Nick Darke's film 'The Wrecking Season'.

As he said, every item found on the strandline has been on a journey and has a story to tell. Whatever can be salvaged and re-used is starting a new story. 

In the same way, I like to imagine the tide of everyday living washing up timeworn treasures on the strandline of charity shops, car boot sales, even ebay. Whenever I find something that I can reclaim, recycle or upcycle I feel a sense of excitement. My salvage may sit in my stash for days or months, but will eventually be used to create something new.

The idea that my creation starts a new story is what drives my work and gives me a sense of achievement. 

Title upcycled from 'The Shell Book of Beachcombing' Tony Soper

Friday, 13 January 2012

Finding the Joy

Finding the joy - not hard to do when this is here: the  view from Gylly beach this morning - just gorgeous. 

An unexpected bonus - having walked along the coast path to Swanpool - saw this on the handrail!