Boyd Takes Flight

Boyd Takes Flight

Just moments ago Boyd the bird – a swift – took flight and left us. We both feel he’s left something of a hole in our lives. Boyd has left a Hole 2 weeks ago today, Chris rescued Boyd from the road outside our house. Since then we’ve dedicated much...
10th Anniversary Gift

10th Anniversary Gift

For our 10th anniversary ~ 10 years since we moved to live in France ~ it’s time to celebrate! Our anniversary gift As our anniversary gift to ourselves, to each other, we took a few days away to relax in Lagrasse. One of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. So...

Windsurfing Paradise

The Sea I love the sea. I feel so free when I’m near it. This weekend brought a trip to the beach at La Franqui, Leucate. After the cold months, a spring like day in February invited me out into the fresh air and sunshine. To emerge from winter. An immense...

Open, Closed or Discovered?

Open Doors Yesterday, I saw these photographs of French doors; a small window onto my friend Jennifer’s amazing collection. I’m often inspired by the patterns, mechanics and intricacies of such things for my jewellery creations. However, seeing these...

Being in the Moment and All That Jazz

I can’t wait! I want to take my puppy to the beach. I can’t wait for his first walk; to see him enjoying everything new. I look forward to taking him on little trips out, for him to be included as my companion. Oh, how my mind races ahead to things that...

The Truth about Speaking Jewellery

The idea that jewellery speaks to you is what it’s all about.  Something happens between you and the creation; an inexplicable attraction. Jewellery that Speaks A lady recently commented on my creations saying “Gah your items are gorgeous. They speak to me!” and...

Understanding the Carat

Carat Since antiquity, the Carat (ct) has been a unit of measurement for precious stones. The term is derived from the kernel of the carob bean (from Greek keration). As such, the Carat – and therefore the price – of the stone being sold depended on the...

Three Things I’ve Learned About Change

Change Happens Jasper, my puppy, is already a companion in the workshop. Yesterday he heard me using the jeweller’s saw and didn’t much like the sound. The steel saw blade rasping against silver; a harsh, grating sound. A new experience. I spoke to him,...

What Everyone Should Know about Petrified Wood

The Truth about Petrified Wood The truth about Petrified Wood is that, well, it’s not wood. Not wood at all. I know, it’s a little disappointing isn’t it? But not to worry, I think the real story of how Petrified Wood occurs is pretty neat. The Life...

Momentum

Start Some of today was spent spreading out gemstones, sketching jewellery designs and deciding on what I’ll be creating over the coming months. It’s been fabulous. It’s a sort of beginning, so made me think about starting new things. About energy....