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Using What You Find: Beachcombing Art!

Posted by Jody on March 12, 2014

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Beachcombing Artist Richard Blacklaw-Jones.

About the Author/Artist: Richard is an international beachcombing artist!  He uses what he finds on the beach to make pictures or useful and decorative items. He lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, and therefore has the great good fortune to be surrounded by beaches that face the Atlantic and the Gulf Stream. Due to this happy circumstance, he can always find materials for his work. He prefers to use man-made materials, and he says, “even if my work doesn’t sell I can comfort myself with the fact that the beach is a little cleaner following my efforts.” He has pursued this calling for 15 years and has exhibited his works in Wales, England, and France.

"My favourite Pembrokeshire beach" Photo taken 3/11/2014

My Favorite Pembrokeshire Beach

We are looking West, out over the Milford Haven from the North side of the Haven. That’s the town of Milford Haven in the distance, and it’s suburbia in the top right of photo. It doesn’t really have a name, this beach, but it is endlessly fascinating because of its industrial history (it was a boat breaking yard amongst other things) as well as for what washes up. It’s at about half tide in the photo, and you can see the “beach” consists mostly of the remains of some factories which were basically demolished and bulldozed onto the beach in the 1960′s. Even better, in the lower right foreground, you can see two timbers sticking out of the back wall of the beach. These timbers used to support a wooden sea facing wall whose maintenance ceased when the factories went and has consequently rotted away, thus allowing the made up ground behind it to erode onto the beach. This gives a constant supply of mixed domestic and industrial refuse from the late Victorian era to the waves and for me to find and use.

~ Using What You Find ~

I belong to a group of artists who annually organise a large group exhibition at St David’s Cathedral with (at the same time) smaller exhibitions at a number of picturesque, small churches, all of the above in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The exhibitions run under the name Art on the Faith Trail, and our logo is the footprint (referencing the ancient practice of pilgrimage to St David’s Cathedral) which brings me to the picture below.

This is a very big chunk of black plastic, about 4 feet on each side and almost 2 inches thick. The big bolts threaded through it imply it was fixed to something and maybe acted as a hatch cover? It had been in the sea long enough to have some quite large barnacles growing in the bolt holes. This piece washed up at a beach near Milford Haven.

I’ve been looking for something of this sort for quite a while as I need to make some signs for use outside the exhibition venues. I decided to cut two foot-shapes from this.

Using What You Find

Using What You Find

Having cut one of the feet (with a jig-saw), here it is laid on the other half of the slab so that I may trace around it so that I will have a pattern to follow with the jig saw.

Next the jig-saw

Ready for the Jig Saw

Here are the two feet completely cut out. This took most of a day to do as the jig saw blade would get hot when cutting the tighter curves around the toes or heels and would then start to bind in its cut. The only answer was to let the blade cool for some time and only cut short lengths. Such repeated heating and cooling is probably responsible for one jig saw blade breaking and thus adding to the job’s duration when I had to take time to replace it.

The idea is to have one foot standing upright outside a venue so that passers by will see it and come inside. A plastic foot nearly 4 ft tall should attract attention, and I’m going to cut some multiple-coloured plastic letters and attach them to each foot, if possible to spell out “Art on The Faith Trail. ” I say if possible because the width of each foot will determine the size of the letters.

Both Feet

Both Feet

Here’s how I worked the words into the space offered. Now to cut them out.

Template

Template

I then turn to the bucket of scraps and start sorting out what colours I’ve got.

Bucket of Scraps

Beachcombed Scraps

The first two words. I can see it will look very nice and I'm encouraged to press on.

The first three words. “I can see it will look very nice and I’m encouraged to press on.”

Fourth word, third line. Still good.

“Fourth word, third line. Still good.”

All set up, and doesn’t it look fine! I’m very happy with this and feel sure it will catch the attention of passers by. I hope it will prompt curiosity in the viewer to “see what the show is like, as the sign’s pretty good.”

A good evening's work.

“A good evening’s work.”

Completed Signs

Beachcombing Art !

Richard’s online gallery is a veritable feast for the beachcomber’s eyes !

You’ll want to check out more of his imaginative and diverse artwork, beachcombing blog, course offerings, and fun “stuff” at Beachcombing Art!

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63c – Hayling Island Part III

Posted by Jody on February 1, 2014

Jody:

It’s all about the negative ions! ;-)

Originally posted on The Coastal Path:

How can I explain how pleased we were to be back at the coast?  By submitting the photographic evidence!

The minute we arrived back at the coast Ben and Catherine, who are exceptionally good at arguing when they want to, started interacting on an entirely friendly basis.  Wow!  As I watched this rare moment of harmony a small judder of sheer pleasure passed through my body.  It shot up into the clear blue sky like a firework as my two children engaged in happy discourse.

Happy Discourse at Sandy Point BeachWe quickly reached the groynes that lined the southern shores.  Their bases were piled high with mini mountains of riprap.  Instead of trudging around saltings and mudflats we were able to climb these massive boulders to reach giddy heights of celebration as we surveyed our beloved coastal landscape that spread itself out below us.

Rip Rap at Hayling Island

Whilst Ben and I scaled the island’s rocky heights, Deb and Catherine…

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Christmas and New Year beachcombing

Posted by Jody on February 1, 2014

Jody:

I simply cannot wait to see what Alex does with these beauties!
She’s so very talented. Have a look. I’m sure you’ll agree!

Originally posted on Under A Topaz Sky:

A trip to Suffolk would not be complete these days without a visit to Southwold Pier and a nice comb along the beach. As I’ve said before, the massive loss of coastline north of Southwold makes the beach a wonderful spot for sea glass and other bits and pieces. We went on my birthday (Christmas Eve) and although it was bitterly cold and the tide was coming in, I still managed a bit of a trawl through the shingle and came away happy with these little beauties.

Beachcombing Southwold 12.13 a

I can’t resist a nice ring pull and my husband spotted the wonderfully soft, fuzzy piece of pottery. But this was the prize, the bottom of a slender glass bottle.

Beachcombing Southwold 12.13 b

I’m sure, looking at the diameter and also that the glass rises straight from the base, that it’s old. It certainly looks like some bottles I have from Victorian dumps.  Southwold never disappoints!

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Forgotten Cornwall

Posted by Jody on September 23, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Ruth Mitchell.

On the South East tip of Cornwall, just across the Devon, Cornwall border, you will find what is affectionately known as Cornwall’s Forgotten Corner. Whitsand Bay is a four mile stretch of white sand (when the tide is out) starting from Rame Head in the East and finishing at Portwrinkle, although on clear days you can see all the way down the coastline as far as the Lizard. It’s a fantastic holiday spot for families as it really harks back to a time when there was nothing but good old seaside fun, rockpools to play in, soft rolling waves for swimming and at low tide miles of sand for those castles. When the tide comes in, it creates lots of small coves where you can stay and barbeque your supper and watch the amazing sunsets.

Cornwall's Forgotten Corner by Ruth Mitchell

Cornwall’s Forgotten Corner by Ruth Mitchell

The bay has three old fortifications, one is still used by the Ministry of Defence and towers over the beach like a fairytale castle, another is now a wedding venue with awesome views and the last, a holiday village with chalets and camping. Beyond Rame Head are the small smugglers villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, Whitsand was a prime location to land the cargo, as it was so cut off. Today divers can explore two local wrecks that are in the bay the HMS Scylla and the James Egan Layne and with a golf course on the cliffs at Portwrinkle there really is something for everyone here on the forgotten corner.

About the Author: Sea Field View is a chalet that belongs to me, Ruth Mitchell, Performer and Theatre Maker. When my partner got a job at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, we moved down to the South West and bought the chalet three years ago. My blog tells people about life on a Cornish Cliff. As well as using it for ourselves, which we love, we sometimes rent it out as a holiday let, here is the link which tells you all about it. Sea Field View

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Silverknowes Beach on the Firth of Forth

Posted by Jody on September 10, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is “imagineer.”

Silverknowes is one of the many beaches on the Firth of Forth and is just north of Edinburgh in Scotland. Sunny days at Silverknowes are to be treasured so I took a short trip to enjoy the fantastic views.

Cramond

Cramond

The is a view from the Cramond end of the beach and shows one of the many islands in the River Forth. This one can be accessed when the tide is out but people are frequently caught out by the speed of the returning tide and have to be rescued. In the distance is Fife, the other side of the Firth of Forth. The river is used by all sorts of ships, from cruise liners to submarines. It was a very industrialised river but today sea life is recovering and the legacy of industrial pollution is in the past.

Whale Rescue

Whale Rescue

The beach can be busy but today was a very unusual day because there was a whale rescue in progress and a crowd gathered to watch. There are all sorts of animals and birds that live in and pass through the Forth. The beach starts at Cramond where the River Almond meets the Forth. There are lots of walks from the Cramond end and it has a café for refreshments when you return. The beach is approximately one mile long but there are other paths that can be taken into Edinburgh if you want to venture farther.

Dog Play

Dog Play

Dogs love to play in the water even though they go home covered in sand and salt water. I think the dogs enjoy the beach even more than the people. I took a few pictures of this pair as they were such fun to watch and put them on my blog:  “Happiness Is Dog Shaped.”

Holding On

Holding On

The rescue party stood for hours in the cold water helping the whale breathe. At least the rescuers could see the beautiful scenery all around. The beach extends to the island when the tide is out, but when you reach the island the water becomes very deep.

Night

Night

I’ve included this shot to show how the same location looks at night time.

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A Guide to Beaches in Cyprus

Posted by Jody on August 6, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Dan Perdomo. 

A Guide to Beaches in Cyprus

Picture the scene. You’re lying on a beach covered with soft white sand. A thatch parasol shades you from the sun’s glorious rays. In front of you, all you can see is the blueness of the sea meet the equally blue sky with not a cloud in sight. All that can be heard is the gentle lapping of waves coming into shore. Is there anything more relaxing than a beach holiday?

A beach holiday is perfect when you need to take a break and press pause on life. A well deserved break is just what’s needed to allow you to rejuvenate and be able to think clearly. Question is, what destination has the best beaches?

Cyprus would appear in many people’s list of countries with the best beaches in Europe. Don’t be fooled by the islands diminutive size. 57 of its beaches were awarded a Blue Flag – confirmation of the quality and cleanliness – beating its previous record of 56. So it’s fair to say Cyprus is blessed with many exceptional beaches. Here are my picks you just have to visit the next Cyprus holiday you take.

Coral Bay, Cyprus (Photo by Evgeniy Isaev/Flickr)

Coral Bay, Cyprus (Photo by Evgeniy Isaev/Flickr)

Best all-rounder – Coral Bay

Coral Bay is widely considered to be the best beach on the island, evidenced by the number of locals and tourists who pack the area year in year out! It’s no coincidence this beach draws in large numbers of visitors as it has a little something for everyone, whether it’s soft sands, gentle waters or beautiful landscape. Tourism has continued to boom, which means there are plenty of great places to eat and drink, whilst the promenade is lined with luxury hotels and resorts for an extra special holiday.

Nature/Wildlife – Golden Sands Beach

It’s hard to believe there is space for nature or wildlife to be free to enjoy the beach with so many tourists, but there is. Most of the unspoilt beaches can be located on the Karpaz Peninsula in Northern Cyprus. This area is perhaps the only place devoid of developments and, therefore, tourists. While facilities and services are few and far between, it does mean the beach is a safe sanctuary for nature and wildlife to live and grow. Watch nature at its best at Golden Sands Beach – also known as Turtle Bay – where a colonisation of sea turtles lay their blue eggs.

Golden Beach, Cyprus (Photo by Franco Pecchio/Wikipedia)

Golden Beach, Cyprus (Photo by Franco Pecchio/Wikipedia)

Quiet – Green Bay

If you prefer your beach to be a serene and tranquil haven, the small beach of Green Bay is perfect for you. The beach is located south east of the island and is a stark contrast with its noisy neighbour Aiya Napa. Its quiet nature is perhaps down to poor signposting; it can be found just south of Protaras beach. With few visitors around, you’ll be free to read your book in peace, clear your mind or just bask in the beautiful sunshine.

Romantic – Kervansaray Beach

What could be more romantic than a picnic on a beach with gorgeous landscape as far as the eye can see? Any beach in Cyprus could fulfil this scene, but for a truly unique experience, visit Kervansaray Beach. Located around 6km west of the picturesque town of Kyrenia, this pretty and secluded oasis is located in a lovely cove – perfect for hiding away from the world with a loved one.

Family – Makronissos Beach

With 57 Blue Flag beaches to choose from, there’s no shortage of clean and quality beaches for families to visit. One of the best beaches for families has to be Makronissos Beach. It could be said Makronissos Beach is three beaches in one; a long main beach flanked by two smaller bays, all complete with soft sands. But it’s the gently shelving sands into the water that are the main feature and draw for families, meaning safe calm waters to swim in.

About the Author:  Dan Perdomo is a travel blogger and writes about various destinations around the world. He plans to travel the world – when he wins the lottery. Until then, he enjoys booking holidays to Cyprus, his favourite destination in the world.

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52c – Brighton Part IV

Posted by Jody on June 17, 2013

Jody:

This is one of our favorite beach blogs: The Coastal Path ~ One family’s walk around the coast of Britain. This week the family is touring the Brighton Pier and Brighton’s fabulous shingle beach (a beach which is formed of pebbles). By the way, don’t even think about collecting those beach pebbles! Brighton’s Seafront Officer once told me: We do not allow stone collections from the beach unfortunately. This is because we need to maintain the level of shingle on the beach to assist with coastal defence, so for this reason it is not permitted.

 ~ Oh well, there are plenty of other beaches to comb!

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You can read our family’s very own Brighton Beach memoir here: Brighton ~ A Top 10 British Memory.

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Originally posted on The Coastal Path:

We left the Brighton Wheel and headed off up the pier for the rides.  Brighton Pier started off life as the Palace Pier, built in 1823 to service passenger ships arriving from Dieppe.  Over the years it grew and grew into the attraction it is today.  I was quite astonished to find that over its long history it has not once been destroyed by fire, flood, or fractious young fellows with far-fetched foibles (ie kids with matches).  Compared to many of its brethren, Brighton Pier has fared well over the years.

Brighton Pier

As we walked up there were good views back to the east.

View Back East from Brighton PierWhat we were really looking for, however, were the rides.  My wife and aunt decided they were far too mature for such juvenile delights and left the kids and I to our childishness.  It was quite fun, really…

Wild River with insert…although some of us got a little wet…

Wild RiverThe…

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Seaham sea glass

Posted by Jody on June 3, 2013

Jody:

Alex is one of my very favorite artists! Not only is she a “textile art jack-of-all-trades,” she’s also one heck of a beachcomber. Take a look at her newest stash! ~Amazing!

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Originally posted on Under A Topaz Sky:

I’d heard about the beach at Seaham in County Durham being an amazing place for sea glass and after googling some pictures and drooling heavily, I persuaded the family to take a run up the A1 a few days ago, as it was half term, to make a visit.

There was a glass factory at Seaham from the middle of the 1800s to the early part of the twentieth century and with true Victorian disregard for the environment, at the end of the day, the glass waste was poured into the sea. The resulting glass, tumbled and frosted by the waves, comes up as little nuggets on the beach.

Seaham beach

I’m afraid I didn’t notice much of the actual beach or surroundings – as soon as we got there my head was down, searching, and marvelling over the way the shingle and sand is dotted with little globules of glass like bubbles, most…

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Beachy Keen Yarnbombers Strike Again!

Posted by Jody on May 29, 2013

I just had to share this amazing display of beach-themed creativity! Yarnbombers thrilled beachgoers last weekend by adorning the Saltburn Pier (UK) with 164 feet of very impressive yarn artistry. The whimsical display includes everything from mermaids to lighthouses and sun bathers to beach huts.

"This bank holiday weekend visitors to Saltburn Pier have been treated to another surprise display." (Gazette Live)

“This bank holiday weekend visitors to Saltburn Pier have been treated to another surprise display.”
(Text and photo: Gazette Live. Story by Marie Turbill. )

Here’s the link to the full Gazette Live story with a wonderful photo gallery and a video of the entire work of art: “Saltburn yarnbombers strike again as Pier is decorated for bank holiday weekend”

Be sure to look for the yellow submarine! ~Very cool!

The seaside piers around the coast of Britain stand as a powerful reminder of the achievements of Victorian engineers and entrepreneurs. There are currently less than 54 pleasure piers in existence around the UK coastline. Saltburn’s Victorian pier was the first iron pier to be built on the North East Coast, is the most northerly surviving British Pier and the only remaining pleasure pier on the North East coast. Built in an exposed position and facing due north into the cruel and unforgiving North Sea, the history of Saltburn Pier tells a tale of survival against the elements. The pier was commissioned by the Saltburn Pier Company in 1867, designed by Mr John Anderson and completed two years later, opening in May 1869.

Source: Saltburn by the Sea.com

Saltburn Pier – National Pier Society link: History of Saltburn Pier

I want to be a yarn bomber when I grow up! Can somebody teach me how to knit?

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Beautiful Amalfi on the Italian Coast

Posted by Jody on March 20, 2013

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Chloe Trogden.

My husband and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Italy, and we rented a car to drive from Venice on down the west coast to Sorrento. Along the way, we got a little lost — but it was the best detour of our whole trip.

After shooting past our exit for Sorrento, we drove to the other end of the small peninsula and had to drive in a loop all the way around back to Sorrento. On the way, we passed through Amalfi and many other mountain towns on the beautiful Italian coast.

Italy's Amalfi Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

Beautiful Amalfi on the Italian Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

Our drive through windy, coastal mountain roads gave us stunning views of the ocean and the beautiful beaches below.

Amalfi is a relatively small town, but it borders the coast entirely. However, much of that border is rocky cliff that drops straight down to the waters below. In a few places, there is a steep road that leads down to homes and businesses, as well as a beach or two.

Italy's Amalfi Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

Beautiful Amalfi on the Italian Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

The Spiaggia Grande is a lively beach with crystal-blue waters. Though it is a relatively small stretch of beach, it more than makes up for it with its white sandy shore and stunning views of the town on a mountainside behind it.

The beach has a few bathing establishments, or you can choose to relax on the small section of free beach. Since it is so small, the beach becomes packed pretty quickly. It’s better to visit on the off season before the crowds become too intense.

Italy's Amalfi Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

Beautiful Amalfi on the Italian Coast (Photo by Chloe Trogden)

If the beach does get too full, take a stroll into town and explore the historic center or enjoy some local cuisine, including fresh seafood or citrus that is grown right on the mountainside.

If you are planning a longer trip and want to explore the area, nearby Atrani Beach is a family favorite, and you can drive to surrounding towns such as Sorrento and Positano. You can also take a ferry or a boat to the nearby island of Capri, which has many more stunning views and historical attractions.

About the Author: Chloe Trogden is seasoned financial aid writer who covers specific opportunities such as federal grants for students. Her leisure activities include camping, swimming and playing her guitar.

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A very special “Grazie mille!” to you, Chloe, for taking us on a such a beautiful tour of  Amalfi, Italy! You’ve certainly shown us that sometimes the best finds in life are the wonderful and very unexpected detours! ~Jody

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