Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Whirlwind of June

I didn't intend to be away from my blogging keyboard for so long, but this month has all been a bit hectic with 2 trips away (camping in Cornwall and a long week-end with family in Jersey), a rodent problem in the loft, a major setback with Mr Cocopopia's latest sculpture piece (involved more work getting things back over the roof and into his garden workshop again) and 2 separate trips to Accident & Emergency for me (a heavy nosebleed to be cauterised and a kidney stone to be pain-relieved).

Hopefully though, now all back on track again and lots of ideas for blog posts coming up.

Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip to Jersey.

Our trip just happened to coincide with the Jersey Street Pianos Festival

Let us play music in the sun wearing wild flowers in our hair

The common toad is a popular symbol for Jersey and we spotted it in various sculptures on our travels

Jersey is famous for growing flowers and due to the temperate climate, beautiful flowers can be found growing everywhere.

Lamp at the maritime museum
Castle of Mount Orgueil at Gorey

On our last day, it rained.  There's nothing like sheltering from the rain in a cosy cafe ...

Friday, 12 June 2015

The Delights of Camping In Cornwall

We've just returned from a camping trip to Cornwall and despite the gales at the beginning of the week, the collapsed camp bed, the bendy tent, the gas canister running out half way through breakfast with us not having a spare on stand-by and the exceptionally cold nights for June, we still had a great time.

I love the simplicity of camping.  The way you can just get away and leave the day to day world behind.  Yes, problems do arise (see above!) but there's the satisfaction of rising to the challenge and sorting them with limited resources.  

Its nice to be away from "the media" for a few days - our entertainment was the singing of the birds waking us at dawn and hearing birdsong we'd never heard before and listening to the owls hooting in the night.  The fresh air.  The changing scenery and being more in touch than ever with the changing weather. Meeting new people. Learning stories of the past and local legends.  Tasting the local cuisine (particularly the cream teas).  Finding new routines - such as getting ready for a night under canvas by warming up first with hot showers followed by red wine in the car before zipping ourselves into our sleeping bags and burying our heads inside to stop any further heat loss!

Here are some favourite photos from the trip.

A Windy Tent
Stormy Skies

Camping On A Farm - Our Companions

Cycling the Coast To Coast Trail

Cycling through the old mining areas

Beautiful Beaches

Coffee On The Beach

Seagull With Attitude

Finally ending up at St Ives - picture postcard perfect.  It's true that the light there has such a beautiful quality and no surprise that it has been and continues to be the inspiration for so many artists and creators.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

New Jewellery Makes

Seahorse festival bracelet by Cocopopia

I love making jewellery as I love the creativity and find its a great way to "switch off" and de-stress.  I always "test drive" new pieces to test their durability and to see how they "feel" when being worn.  Its also nice to see if people comment. 

I really like my latest bracelet idea - perfect for summer festivals and holidays. In fact, I'm on holiday at the moment and am practically wearing this bracelet full time, to put it through its paces!

Hopefully these will be appearing in my online shop soon ....

Seahorse festival bracelet by Cocopopia