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  1. If you want to know - What is Sea Glass?  then this is the book for you.

    Last Christmas I received a fabulous book – The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass by Mary Beth Beuke. 

    As the owner of one of the world's most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seeker--especially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting. There are several reasons why the hunt is so important to the sea glass seeker. Some find their Zen moments in the solitude and beauty of the hunt. Some collect to add color to their life. The history, mystery, and discovery of sea glass are also strong forces that draw collectors to shorelines around the world, looking for these pieces of physically and chemically weathered frosted glass. Whatever your reason for wanting to learn about and start your own collection of sea glass, the window for doing so is closing as pieces are becoming more elusive due to a growth in sea glass popularity and a decrease in recent glass bottle production. In The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass, Beuke provides information that will help first-time seekers start new collections and veteran hunters learn more about their current sets. Beuke shares her experiences in gathering her own collection via photographs of vibrant and rare pieces, as well.

    Click on the book cover to go to Amazon - you'll be pleased you did :)

     

     

     

     

     

  2. Hello from a very chilly Northumberland!  I'm off to the beach soon (collecting sea glass)  brrr!, but before I go I thought I'd have a Sunday morning browse on Pinterest.  Have you heard of Pinterest?  Ooooh! it's great, images of everything you can think of, but you won't get any work done once you are on there :)  Anyway, I found this wonderful pic of a sea glass and driftwood Christmas tree that I thought I'd share with you. Looks easy to make, so I'll have a go when I get back, you could let me know if you make one and I'll post it on here too :)

    Click on the pic to go to the instructions.

    I know what will happen now, I'll be bringing a great bag of driftwood back from the beach - better not forget about the sea glass!!

    If you check out Pinterest you could pop over to my page 'The Strandline' and give me a 'follow'  :)

    sea glass christmas tree

  3. On a routine radar training exercise last weekend, the crew from St Catherine's Lifeboat Crew were lucky enough to be joined by a pod of dolphins!

  4. Oooh! Lots of drilling and soldering been going on in my workshop. Soldering the silver jump rings when they are inserted in the glass is a pretty tricky job, could have done with four hands, but it means  - no more lost charms - they're finished - 6 sterling silver belcher chain and sea glass charm bracelets - pretty!  They look equally good when worn alone or when stacked with other bracelets.

    sterling silver and sea glass bracelet

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  5. Such a wonderful place!

    The Strandline on any beach is a wonderful place, but having  Warkworth beach as my local beach I suppose I am biased :)

    The Strandline.co.uk takes it’s name from the real strandline, the line on the beach where the turning tide leaves bits and pieces that have washed up on the waves. The shingle beds where I find most of my sea glass occur along the strandline and on the beach just behind it.  But it’s not only glass and discarded pottery that washes up on the strandline, the most obvious debris to be found there are the natural products of the sea, dislodged sea weeds, crab shell, mermaids purses, beautiful shells of razor clams, limpets, mussels and other molluscs and also natures own jewels quartz pebbles of rare agate, jasper, onyx and other minerals amongst the mounds of limestone and sandstone pebbles.

     “The Strandline” what better name could there be for something that makes beautiful jewellery from stranded pieces and distributes them “online”.  

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  6. I had a fabulous walk along the beach today, mainly to collect sea glass, but also for the serenity.

    One minute of serenity

    If the video has an error message please check back later - thanks, Maureen

     

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     Warkworth Beach looking south

     

     

    29092015 warkworth beach looking north

    Warkworth Beach looking north

    sea glass hunting

    Sea glass found today - some pretty pieces, love the tiny blue piece :) Now I really must get on and make some jewellery!

  7. sea king farewewll flypast copy

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     A “farewell flypast” by a Sea King helicopter from ‘A’ Flight 202 Squadron at RAF Boulmer is planned to take place this Saturday 26th September – the helicopter will fly over Bondgate Tower at 11 o’clock in the morning. Please pass these details on to anyone who may be interested in attending. 

    The Sea King was unable to carry out a flypast at last Sunday’s Battle of Britain parade as it was called out on a Search and Rescue task. Please be aware that Saturday’s planned flypast will again be subject to operational commitments.

  8. The Farne Islands, a sanctuary for seabirds and seals, celebrate 90 years as a British jewel of conservation

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    Puffins always draw the summer crowds to the islands off Northumberland, which are the favourite UK wildlife site of Sir David Attenborough.

    A couple of miles out to sea, off the Northumberland coast, some uncut jewels in the firmament of England’s natural heritage shimmer. The Farne Islands, ancient and sanctified by the hands of St Cuthbert, can only be reached on one of a fleet of boats that ferry hundreds of visitors each day in high summer. Drive through country roads until pasture gives way to sand and you are in Seahouses, the little coastal village where time, when it reached 1969, liked what it saw and decided to tarry.  Read more in The Guardian 

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  9. Yey, it's sunny this morning here in Northumberland, can only hope it lasts! Post Office run, then beach walk (looking for sea glass) then into the studio to make some more of these gorgeous little stacking rings. They're made with 2mm sterling silver wire, so not as thin as my super skinny 1mm stacking rings.

    Wear them singly or stacked, buy one then add to them. What do you think, alone or stacked?

    sterling silver stacking rings 2mm the strandline 6x4 (2)