Sunday, 24 April 2011
The shore has many crabs, see the photograph of a few we found, different colours and sizes. The bigger crabs are found with the backs opened and ended up as tea for the birds. The two crabs I chose, the green one with the dark markings and a pinky orangey one were rather smelly too. The snail shells were two I found but I did see some climbing up plants. And my feather was definitely from an oyster catcher. I keep adding the oak leaves because they are always on the sand, now showing signs of aging. I hope you like the page, it is a mixture of things I found and makes me realise what lovely colours and interesting natural objects can be found here.
My collecting day is usually Saturday, so I kept my rule and went for a walk at 6pm. The noises were different today, a farmer has put his flock of white sheep and many lambs to graze on the fast growing green grass. A notice to owners to keep dogs on leads meant the shore was empty, with just a couple of people walking. It was getting a little cool but we were rewarded with the sight of a heron , it landed and we sat and watched it slowly step through the shallow waters left after the tide. As the sun was getting low it made such a beautiful silhouette against the sky. We saw the first two swallows dipping and swooping in front of us as they flew around and circled in the sky. The oyster catchers in pairs and so were the shell ducks, all calling out their own bird calls. A pied wagtail was sitting on the railway bridge supports and kept disappearing under the bridge, perhaps nesting. I must confess I have all these bird names and calls given to me by the expert, thank you, I am always grateful. Of course I know the seagulls but I had a lesson on the herring gulls and the black backed gulls, lets hope I can remember them all. No sign of the swan tonight but we saw her through the week gliding on the water covering the shore at high tide, see photograph. I just love walking along listening to all the bird calls, and hearing them drift through my windows at night.
All too soon the sun went down and we left the shore to the sounds of crying lambs looking for mothers. I collected some soft curly lambs wool caught on the fence, to stuff a pin cushion. I bet you do he said. Well I bet I do, so now another job for my list, just to prove him wrong!
Thank you for the lovely comments, I love to read them, so do stop and let me know how you are enjoying my shore finds. Millyx
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, April 24, 2011
Sunday, 17 April 2011
I had my usual Saturday walk collecting for week 16. It has been a bit of a damp week, but yesterday was fine and sunny. I went with my husband around 5pm and we left the shore at nearly 7. There was a cold breeze from the west, but we were prepared and well wrapped up. It was a lovely bright and sunny evening, birds singing and we had the shore to ourselves. The full moon means the tides are quite high, we could see the water line by the brown bubbly foam, a frothy scum which floats on top of the incoming tide. Lots of tiny shells, crabs, shrimp bodies, feathers and bits and pieces of broken sea creatures were mixed up in this brown wavy line on the shore. The grass looks so green after heavy morning dews and the new fresh growth. I noticed dandelions and yellow gorse flowering, bothgrowing against the railway fence. A tiny white flowering plant sprinkled amongst the grass. Several bees buzzed past, my husband pointed out a freshly dug rabbit hole. A group of black headed gulls pick in the wet sand searching for food. We saw a dead gull, it had been attacked at the throat and left on its back feet in the air, soft tufts of white feathers blowing around. The bird expert pointed out a curlews call, the air was full of bird sounds. The two ducks, the green headed male and the brown female swam close together. Poor swan, she looks so lonely sitting on the muddy bank in her usual place. As we walked by and stopped a little fish jumped from the water. I collected objects and ideas for next weeks page, things I have seen and would like to record.
On Friday evening we saw a bright light, drifting across the dark sky. We guessed it was a lantern and the answer was there caught in the fence, a large white paper structure still intact. I held it up to the breeze and it billowed up as it became full of air. I couldn't resist bringing it home, maybe I will paint on it.
We sat on the boulders and enjoyed the stillness, the views and last hours of this lovely day, the sun dropping low ready to disappear behind the hills. Making our way home over the railway bridge, we glance back at the hills and watch the mist creeping over the hilltops. My head was already planning next weeks page.
Thank you for the comments, I enjoy finding them, and it is always lovely to read them.
Hope you like the picture. Millyx
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sunday, 10 April 2011
I have photographed them with my beautiful sea inspired necklace which I was wearing. It was handmade by Delila, go and see her beautiful blog. The little shell says "sound of waves". In a few weeks time she in coming from Finland to spent a week with me, and I will take her a walk across the shore and visit some other beaches and beauty spots. My page could have had more little charms of crabs, shells and mermaids purses, but I am leaving it.
Yesterday I did my beach walk around 6pm, it was still so warm and I could feel the heat and smell the salty sea air. It was busy with dog walkers, I counted eight dogs. There were two dogs splashing around in the water whilst their owners sat on the edge and threw balls for them. I saw dog prints everywhere in the sand and human footprints, all the birds must have been scared away. The shore was also crowded with the flock of sheep which were put out to graze during the week, now that the high tides are over. A breed of black sheep with pale faces, Herdwick, which are more commonly seen on the fells. They were hot and some came down to the water to drink. It seemed strange seeing so many sheep and people, the swan didn't seem too happy either. She was on the water and then settled on the bank digging at the grass. She looked at me and clacked her beak, then got up and seemed annoyed at the line of sheep walking along her bank just above her. Two ducks flew up from the water and two oyster catchers moved around together on the sand. A large black rook scratched about in the grass. I was thrilled to see two butterflies dancing along. I came across them as they were sunning themselves on the limestone boulders. My hand was overflowing with the little bits and pieces I had gathered. I carefully carried the little white crabs because they are so fragile and nestled together with some pretty feathers I managed to get them home in one piece. I noticed how the pools of water had all dried up and returned to grass, how the sand in places has baked and crackled like crazy paving with the heat of these hot days. Some huge pieces of the banking had collapsed and caused more erosion. It was a lovely walk, a joy to feel the sun and a warm breeze and be able to see the blue sky and the views of pale blue hills, no wonder so many people chose to take a walk today. I think I know what will be featuring in week 15, next week It is so nice to read the comments and know people are enjoying the weekly pages of my shore finds. Thank you for the comments, welcome to the new followers. Millyx
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, April 10, 2011
Sunday, 3 April 2011
It is strange how these objects come together on the page. I love the grey faded colours and the shape of the oak leaf when I found it on the sand with the little crab like a brooch pinned to it.
They are painted with the acrylic inks, I need to buy some new ones as they are nearly used up. The real objects are there to see and a little surprise, as I was photographing the sunlight caught a mirror and cast the rainbow across the page.
I walked the shore yesterday to collect for week 14 and shivered with the cold westerly wind and realised why I had the place to myself. I had been working on this painting and it was well after six and getting near sunset. This week has been cold and windy and although the tides were not huge they have been quite rough. A new tideline was visible in places and it was still wet and slippery. I walked for over an hour and saw how the new blades of grass are appearing through the sand. It is a grass covered shore, in the past the fine sea-washed turf was cut for gardens and cricket pitches or the like. It always seemed to me more like vandalism to see all the lines of dirt as the land was stripped bare of the green grass, but it does grows back so quickly and it was someones business selling it. I noticed the acid yellow lichen on the lime stone boulders, used as a sea defence to prevent erosion and flooding, were glowing in their circular patterns. Perhaps it was the sun light, or is too starting to grow and glow with the springtime. I remember I read this lichen grows in places where the air is oxygen rich, that suits me to know this as I see it growing here on the rocks on our shores.
My lonely swan disappeared from my sight, to be found cuddled up under the banking safe from the cruel wind. She had chosen her place protected from the cold as she settled in for the night. I saw bird foot prints but not another bird. Just as I left three loud sea gulls flew over the railway lines and onto the shore. The sun was fading, as I too hurried home to the warmth, my bag of finds to be revealed next week.
Thank you for the lovely comments, as always it is a pleasure to read every comment and I appreciate your time spent doing so. Hope you like the drawings.
Posted by MILLY at Sunday, April 03, 2011