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  1.  coquet island 540x402

     I've just had a brilliant, if not very chilly, walk along the beach (Warkworth). After yesterday's storm the beach looks very different. Along at the north end, at Birling Carrs, one of the caravans has been blown over and the wreckage is cascading down the dune.

    This photo is of Coquet Island, the sea is huge, with waves crashing and spindrift - pity you can't hear the waves, it was deafening. (must do a video)


  2. warkworth castle northumberland

  3. Birling Carrs, Warkworth Beach, Northumberland

    warkworth beach northumberland the strandline



     purple amethyst sea glass  

    A thin piece of ordinary glass appears colourless to the eye, but the same glass viewed edge on will display a colour usually green, which is an indication of the presence of an iron based impurity. Impurities of other minerals can give different hues to glass, such as pink, blue, amber or grey. These properties can be used to decorative effect to produce glass of many colours and shades.

     For instance, small amounts of the salt manganese dioxide will remove the green tint caused by iron, but in higher quantities the same salt will impart an amethyst hue to the glass.

     Glass which has had it’s colour removed by the addition of manganese dioxide will change over time when subjected to ultraviolet light, as is found in sunlight. Over the years the colour will change through light pink or lavender to amethyst or purple subject to the quantity of the salt used in manufacture and the strength and duration of the exposure to light.

     Many clear glass containers were made in the early 1900s, but I don’t find many pieces of amethyst or purple in my searches. Why? I don’t know. Maybe the glass I’m finding has been buried in sand and so not exposed to light, maybe it’s too young to have developed a hue or maybe manganese wasn’t used in it’s manufacture.

    Sea glass colour rarity - RARE.



  5. Rowboat on the River Coquet, Warkworth

    rowboat on river coquet warkworth 6x4


  6.  personalised pearl and sterling silver disc necklace perfect for bride and

    Lots of these personalised necklaces heading out the door for brides and bridesmaids, Christmas gifts and loved ones.



  7. On the way to the beach -  Warkworth Bridge - late 14th century

     warkworth bridge - late 14th century 800x473

  8. No, not a real snowflake, a super little sterling

    silver snowflake.

    A personalised sterling silver disc and this

    little snowflake make a delicate necklace for

    everyday wear, bridesmaids or a fab gift for


    snowflake intital disc sterling silver the strandline 300 x300



    Friday Finds


    Today’s find is a Dandelion Clock – Taraxacum officinale

     On my way to the beach I walk along a straight road which is about ½ mile long, it has trees, bushes and grass and in the there are all sorts of flowers and one that stands out is the dandelion.

                                    warkworth beach walk the strandline maureen gilbertson
     orange tip butterfly the strandline northumberland 250x250  


    With it's bright yellow head composed of hundreds of smaller florets it definitely makes a statement. The flower heads mature into spherical seed heads called ‘clocks’, containing many single-seeded fruits called achenes.  Each achene is attached to a pappus of fruit hairs, which enable wind-aided dispersal over very long distances. I know as a child we would ‘tell the time’ by counting the number of puffs it took to blow away all the fruits on their small parachutes and the grown-ups would complain that we were helping the plant to spread :)


    The resemblance of the sharp pointed lobes of the dandelion leaves to the tooth of a lion give the flower it’s common name which is a corruption of the French words ‘dent de lion’, or lion’s tooth.  Because the dandelion was and still is used as a diuretic it led to it having many common names, here in Northumberland it is called Pittley Bed and around the country are many more names including Fairy Clock, Tiddle-beds, Jack-piss-the-bed and Pissey beds to name a few. I'd love to know what they're called in your neck of the woods!

    The flower heads and leaves can be added to salads for both colour and a bittersweet taste, the leaves are quite tart, but the flowers have a delicate honey flavour.

     I think it’s a beautiful plant especially when seen in the wild, maybe not so much when it’s in my garden :)


                                   dandelion clock 250x250




     Sea Glass Marbles – How do they end up on the beach?

     How did they get there? What were they used for originally?

     Did you play with marbles as a child?  I know I did.



     marbles collection                    


     I’ve heard many theories about how marbles occasionally wash up on the strandline and had always believed it was from children playing on the beach, maybe using marbles as ammunition in a catapult, but here is another theory.

    Many years ago, ships were loaded with heavy items to provide ballast to provide stability and counteract the effects of weight above the water level, marbles provided this inexpensively and effectively (not as inexpensive as sand though which is used to make the glass).  Sometimes the ballast would be disposed of to change the effect on the movement of the vessel and so the marbles were dumped into the sea, one day to return to the shore.

     A more likely suggestion is that people at seaside towns threw their rubbish onto a rubbish tip, which was usually near the edge of the village or town so as not to interfere with everyday life and as it was quite often near the sea it was easy to throw it over a cliff.  I suppose general household waste would break down over time, but glass would only be tossed around in the sea, especially here in the North Sea where it can be pretty rough at times, getting smoothed and frosted, one day to return to the beach – hopefully for me to find and make into a beautiful piece of jewellery :)

    marble blue 300x300marble green 300x300