I'm back from my hols in Wales with Fern and my mates. So pull up a seat and grab a cuppa for a trip round the valleys and a preview of my up and coming work.
We stayed in a little cottage, just 15mins walk from Black Rock Sands. It's a huge expanse of sea, sky, sand and moody mountains.
This is what strikes me most about Wales is the imposing landscape of mountains closing in around you and the changeable weather. One minute it's sunny, the next the mists roll in and the skies darken ominously.
Still we enjoyed ourselves
We went to Portmerion again, which is such a contrast, a very surreal, ice cream coloured fantasy land plonked into the broody coast of Portmadog
In the 1960's The Prisoner series was filmed here, a series that still resonates today with it's lead character fighting to preserve his independence and identity from a state seeking to control and monitor it's citizens every move.
"I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered! My life is my own."
We also travelled in style on a steam train through the valleys, passing Snowdon and into Camarthon.
Finally we coped lucky with some sun and did a lot of serious shell collecting.
Check out my facebook for some more photos of our trip.
And here's what I'm working on with my shell and pebble booty.
Check that great bead focal from Numinosity.
The most amazing worm cast mother of pearl.
Lovely big cockle shell and smooth charcoal pebble.
Gorgeous chunk of quartz bound with cream wire and a pebble with lovely surface detail also bound to a gold plated wire frame.
So hopefully I haven't bored you too much and I hope you've also had the opportunity to have been travelling. Nothing beats a break to refresh and revive and inspire. Let me know your holiday recommendations too. x