Hello, and good day to you, lovely people out there in the ether. It's nice to see you here, in a world far removed from Covid, disease and death, where only pretty things and fun jewellery exist in a surreal, parallel universe. Now that lockdown is opening up in the UK, cautiously but with a ponderous certainty, we are all praying that the public health bods have got it right, and that the government has finally paid attention to the science. I have no wish to flirt with death, or carry it home to watch as loved ones suffer.
It has taken me three weeks to cover this tapestry of a bracelet with beads and I now declare that not another bead will fit onto it. I showed you some pictures in the last couple of weeks and here are some of the most recent.
The last picture shows the piece of velvet that was encrusted with beads, carefully following the paisley lines of the design. It will probably take all of next week to convert the strip of fabric into a bracelet.
This necklace was created from the memory of past holidays - remember them? We went away in silver tin cans to warm blue seas and people-watched on beaches. The blue agate and electroplated quartz in this necklace would be perfect on holiday.
Here are some pictures from one such holiday - I invite you to people-watch with me in the warmth of the Cinque Terre, not far from Florence. The Cinque Terre, five towns, is a string of five fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera in the region Liguria, which until recently were linked only by mule tracks and accessible only by rail or water as cars can only reach them with great difficulty from the outside via narrow and precarious mountain roads. It comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Over the centuries, people have built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the Ligurian Sea. Our trip took us on a train from one village to the next, watching the beautiful (and not so beautiful) people sunning themselves on the rocks and diving into the azure sea to cool off. One would have to be closely related to a mountain goat to live there - climbing those steep stairs and paths would kill me off, although it was fabulous to visit for a day or two.
Blue and silver are almost made for each other, don't you think?
Anyway, that's all I have time for, folks. Have a wonderful week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.