Thursday, 18 April 2013

Susan's Seahorse

My dear friend  Susan, from New Jersey made me this wonderful seahorse. What a beautiful gift this is, and it brightens my day ~ each and every one of them.
I've never seen anything packed so intricately, but this is such a wonderful work of sea glass art, to take less care in the packing may not have helped it on it's travels!
Here he is, all strapped into his seat for the flight over!

When I unpacked him, I was stunned at the shape!! Truly beautiful! Streamlined and graceful and so true to form!

What a beauty!! I just loved him ~ and still do!! What a gorgeous nose! Just perfect!

I love the way she's made him using seaglass from her area, and one piece of English glass from our friend, Rob, for the heart. It's between the large bottle bottom and the blue fin in this photo.
He spends his seahorsey days hanging from my kitchen window, and as I don't have a dishwasher, I spend a lot of time with him! We keep each other company quite a bit!!
To make this lovely seahorse, Susan used copper wire, and stripped it herself! What a wonderful friend!
Thank you so much Susan!! I love him dearly!

Autumn In My Garden!

Autumn in Australia is a beautiful time. When the heat begins to wane and we have the relief of cooler temperatures at night ... heaven!

It's April, and while the leaves have yet to turn red and gold, then to crunchy brown, we still have flowers, insects frogs and more blooming in ways that would be foreign in most parts of the world.

Over Easter, butterflies were everywhere, three, four, sometimes more, winging around and through the garden, but hard to pin down [bad use of words!!] . Finally I managed a few shots.

And up in the tadpole pond, noone has told the resident frogs winter is on its way. If we go on previous years though, all will be well, and these young ones will spend  winter in the pond, not growing much till next Spring.
We have large green frogs and small Eastern Brown Striped Frogs in our yard. These tadpoles are the Eastern Stripeds.

Our ginger plants have flowered well this year, huge and fragrant, I was surprised to see a few blooms even as late as last week. I think this will be the last!

The hibiscus too, are having a last hoorah!

And the ivy geranium ....

A few last tiny tomatoes ripening on the vines ...

But Autumn is creeping softly into the yard during the cool nights, and tinging the leaves with colour.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Murano Seaglass

Another beautiful Ebay win ~ seaglass from Murano Italy. This time, "Flames"!
Beautiful Murano Sea Glass.
These are now pretty common on both Sea Glass sites I belong to, but each one is different and they deserve their own images.

Not such a great photo!

Really big, a lovely handful of glorious colour!

There don't seem to be any around at the moment for sale, but hopefully they will be back when more can be wrested from the sands around Murano.