It’s a Wrap!

Today has been a little different … I went shopping!

The day started well (if a little sluggishly) and with a nice surprise during Dog’s walk.  You will remember we talk to two ponies when they are by their fence – I call them Ginger and Missy.  As I stood up from scooping poop this morning I was greeted by a wee mannie (local dialect for a male person of short stature) in the ponies paddock and with the two ponies coming hurtling over.  We chatted about the ponies and that they seemed to like Dog and we always stopped for a chat/scratch/kisses (Dog and ponies not me).  So I know a wee bit more about these girls – it was a nice start to the day.  Spoiled 2 minutes later when Dog decided to go through a fence into the field to eat something disgusting!

When I got to Dundee I decided I did not want to spend £3,20 on an all day Travel Dundee Bus Ticket so I caught the 57 out to Lochee and walked from here to Kingsway Retail Park.  My mission? to use some gift tokens to buy some jewellery making kit.  The pavements were very frosty and with patches of ice – not happy walking!  I bought most of what I intended and popped into a shop next door for breakfast.  I selected a breakfast toastie … not realising I could just have had some toast at a third the price! and green tea.  The toastie was delivered with a salad garnish … really for breakfast – how odd!  I picked up a couple of small additional pieces of jewellery making stuff and set off round to Tesco to buy a 0,5 litre stainless steel flask – it is getting too cold to only take water with me so I am starting to carry a hot drink too.

I rushed back to catch the 57 into the City (hoping it was running a few minutes late since I didn’t fancy an hour’s wait at the bus stop … I got lucky).  It was full and rather than push to the back with my pack on I stood up – by the time we reached the City Centre I was feeling  a little sore across my neck from hanging on and supporting the pack.  I switched to a 73 and headed on to Barn Hill for a wee mooch on the beach to find something to wrap in the wire I had just bought.

The sun was low and intermittently behind cloud which created this sunset effect in the middle of the day!  The tide was coming in but instead of swishing back and forth it just advanced across the flats, making it heavenly for waders so I enjoyed watching curlews, red shanks and the small waders from last week as well as different gulls and terns.

This picture is of a species I haven’t reported before – Ruddy Duck … the problem is the ruddy ducks were camera shy and swam away!  Never mind now I know where to find them I will stake them out some time on an incoming tide.  There were a couple of red shanks running up and down on the edge of the tide so I enjoyed watching them anyway even though the photographs didn’t some out well on my phone.

This is still not unset … although maybe the start of it at 14:45

Whilst I was on the beach I found some nice pebbles and some sea glass.  I got out the jewelllery making kit and attempted my first pendant of wire wrapped pebble.  I will need to rework that one at home but this evening I have done one with some sea glass.  It needs some refinement in my technique but I am happy with this for a first completed piece.  I coated the sea glass on one side with stayzon clear ink and embossing powder which was heated to create a glossy sheen as it would look on the beach; deliberately leaving the back as frosted dry glass and making the wrap so it could be worn facing wither way.  I have used copperwire and suspended the pendant on some chiffon sea tone ribbons.

My inspiration comes from this person magpie-poet who makes beautiful jewellery.  I need to experiment with different wire to find a style I really like but this wire will help me practice to get nice neat wrapping and coils.  So there you are – it’s a wrap (that is the style of wirework wrapping).  I think I will take the kit out with me tomorrow with a couple of pieces I have already glossed as well as a couple I haven’t and find somewhere quiet to practice … so if you are out and about tomorrow and hear a tappity tap noise – it might be me hammering my wire …


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About nonehpets

I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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