Today began with walking on the beach. Here where the sea meets the land. Here, where time and tide have carried sand, moved it to expose rocks smoothed by sea and stone. I walked to see if the Porlock stone still sat in its bowl.
But no. It was gone. Taken by the sea, perhaps, or human hand.
I need to make more. These stone pools where the sea rests between the tides are perfect places to leave gilded stones.
And today the stones looked like sleeping creatures, nestled in to the sand, waiting for the water.
And here, creatures create patterns on the sea vegetables that grow on the rocks.
Patterns like drawings on the rocks that change tide by tide and day by day.
Back home, settling to grinding ink with thoughts and time and water from where the fresh water meets the salt water, then painting. Long leaves for listeners to lean in to, while the wind whispers and billows.
And also I found the Heartwood stamp, stamped a couple on beautiful Chinese paper flecked with gold for a friend, and made a few extra also.
This is Robert’s Heartwood charm, made into a stamp, then stamped onto Chinese paper.
I’ve two more, can sign and post, for £65 to the Bournemouth and Poole Crowdfunder.
Email me, with Heartwood as subject matter if you want to have one, then donate and send me your address. There are also small cards, and for £20 I can either write on one and send to you or send it blank.
Time for fireside and book and tea now.