Beach Combing

IMAGENAMEHEREIn the Beach Comber Room above the fire stack, a series of stone ledges form a three sided ziggurat that climbs back at an angle towards the ceiling. These ledges are adorned with the many items ‘found’. on beachcombing expeditions.

Many of the objects here, inspired the love of the sea and the passion for water life that led to the formation of the UK Charity, World of Water.

To keep the dust off them, I have designed a wide canopy cum lamp shade to hover above them. This shade will hide a light fitting and make a feature of the collection. Any friends into large lampshade making should contact us.

But is the collection ‘Art’?
The Art of Nature is very creative and I marvel at the interconnected group of maybe up to 100 million species that share this blue planet. As everything evolves it creates a legacy record and provides abundant food for thought and digestion, but also provides the foundations for the growth of all futurities.

At the HoBB, we work to keep in tune with Nature and turn today’s strangers into tomorrow’s friends. I started the element titled ‘Where are they now?’ as our own HoBBian version of “Friends Reunited” and it works. So far no beachcombing friends have re-emerged but if you are enthusiastic about the sea and you fancy a good beachcombing trip anytime contact me – new beachcombing friends welcome for the grandest of Welsh Wales West Coast forages.

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant

Flowers Grow on Money

[Flowering Jade Plant (Money Tree)64cm high blooming whopper]


This three home grown ‘Money Plant’ or ‘Jade Plant’ is flowering. It started as a ‘good luck’ plant in my mums home and she gave it to a friend that now makes great American Rocking Horses (in the USA).

When he moved from Britain to America he recycled the plant in our direction and it was given pride of place facing out over the Valley on its own window sill.

Now, as thick trunked as any you may find in Chinese take-aways, this massive plant flowers. Most of the nutrient it gets comes from our own composting comfrey and at times, a slight red-edge appears on its leaves.

What does it do next ? I’ll let you know. Though called the Jade or Money Plant I doubt if it will produce either of those. But given the right silly season and climbing UK summer temperatures, having just been able to pick ripe red grapes from HoBB vines growing at 850ft above sea level, who knows what tropical delights are ahead.

Any Chinese Restaurant without a large Money Plant knows where to contact us!

Floral ~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant