Friday, 6 December 2019

Insulting Brick and a Room on the Beach

I had time for a quick visit to the foreshore today, in between taking stuff to the charity shop, removing the old silicone from the bath and doing other necessary but not fun stuff. In the charity shop, I saw the lovely Luna the cat, and she even sat on my lap for a five minute cuddle. She is 22 and a very sweet girl!

 I found a pair of hooks, near each other so probably from the same thing. I left them there. I can't bring home any more big stuff as there is no more room.
 Under this structure felt like a secret room. The old wooden supports are beautifully weathered.
 Looking back towards Greenwich. 
 I found a dinosaur stone. 
  Then the insulting brick.
 Which was just a smashed up version of this one. 
 The dinosaurs were getting bigger, so I thought I had better leave!
 Its a bit hard to see, but there is a red sailed barge going past. 
 I also found a piece of flint that I am sure has been worked. I don't want to get too excited, as I am probably wrong.

Football, Shopping and Where Trolleys go to Retire

Sounds glamorous doesn't it?!
On Wednesday I had planned to go to Sainsbury's after school. I had my purse and keys in my school bag and had parked the car near school at lunchtime. In the afternoon, I was asked if I could go with the girl's football team after school until 5.30 as they didn't have anyone else and all the other teachers were at a staff meeting. I was just the extra adult required for health and safety reasons. The team has been coached by one of the teaching assistants at school. She is also called Sarah, and is very nice. I didn't realise that she has a P.E. degree, and has been coaching the football teams. She is really good at it. I was so impressed with her, and the team. I had a lovely time! Luckily I had some left over coffee in my flask, and a few chocolate biscuits, which kept me going. The girls played two matches with a half hour break in between. The first was a 0-0 draw, and the second a 3-0 win. The sunset was beautiful.
 It took place at a sports ground about 25 minute's walk from school. (Uphill at a very fast pace!) There were about six schools there. It was the first meeting of the year. Once it got dark, it was freezing! I have not been that cold for a long time. Fun though.
 So, yesterday I had to go to Sainsbury's instead, as it was too late when I got home on Wednesday. I got there, got my trolley, went in and chose some bananas. Then I suddenly thought I had better check I had my purse, as it had been in my school bag the day before. It was not in my bag, so I had to go all the way home and back again. I was wandering round and had nearly finished. I picked up a Quiche for dinner as it is easy with salad. I put it in the trolley and moved on. As I was walking towards the salad section, a man came walked up to me and said, "Excuse me, you have got my trolley." I have never done that before! I think I blame tiredness!
This trolley on the foreshore has seen the last of its shopping trips, and now has a big swim twice a day in the Thames, sun or fog bathing the rest of the time.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Yesterday's Finds

The celery vase has become friends with the piece of fake celery I found when I started mudlarking. They are happy together. 
 Not sure what this is. It is brass and has cogs. I think it is some kind of lock.

 Same goes for this. It is very thin copper which makes me think it is not plumbing related. (It is just copper pipe-I asked on Instagram. The more interesting answer was the Tin Man's finger! Oh well.) 
This bottle bottom is huge and beautiful. It has a bubble or two in the glass, one of which you can feel.
 I was glad that whoever manufactured these decided to let people know their purpose. 
 I found the piece of red clay pipe and the large bowl yesterday. The other pipe pieces are also from Rotherhithe on other visits.
The strange brick thing. 

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Mudlarking Morning

I went to Rotherhithe this morning and it was just beautiful. There was lifting fog, with bright sunshine and it was freezing cold. I have been to this part of the foreshore a few times now, and have found a lot of small pieces of tin glazed pottery, also called Delft ware, lots of pipe stems, some very long. I found a really good piece of stem, embossed with the name of the maker, and I have found a few bowls. Quite a lot of shoe soles, and good driftwood. I looked at the map last night before I went, and there is a lot more of the foreshore to explore than I had realised. It is on a convex curve of the river and there are a good number of stairs. The first part of the beach near Surrey Docks farm is always quite busy with other mudlarkers and people just enjoying it. This morning I planned to walk around the corner that Andy and I reached a few weeks ago and see what was there. There is a clipper dock and once you are past that,  the shore becomes sandy and looks just like a seaside beach. There was nobody on that part and it was lovely. The combination of the cold and the sun was so invigorating. It was me and the gulls, with the occasional clipper or Thames rib boat passing by at great speed. As I walked on, the beach became increasingly covered in bricks. I found an interesting piece of what I think is a brick, but huge, with mica sparkling in it and lines impressed in almost a pattern. I have no idea how old it is but it is interesting. I decided to walk a little further and then go back to some nearer stairs and walk back to the car on the road, as by then my bag was pretty heavy! I still had time to go back down the other end and have a further look around. On the way to the steps, I found a lovely pipe bowl with a little stem. I will put some pictures of my finds tomorrow. I also picked up a brass object, with lots of little cogs inside, but quite rusty so I am not sure what that is either! In the bricky area I saw a piece of glass sticking out of the mud. I had a little dig and pulled out what I thought was a pressed glass vase. When I had washed it at home, I discovered the tiny word 'celery' impressed at the top-a celery vase! Usually, I just pick things up from the surface. But I have dug a few things out of the mud. The vase today, a nearly complete Chinese porcelain Batavia ware bowl, a pipe with some stem, and  a lovely bottle. None of them massively old, but it is very exciting to pull something out of the mud itself!

Sunday, 17 November 2019

I have been making...

...a frog cushion-almost finished now. It is for my Dad's wife, and was requested after she saw the tortoise I made for my sister. A tortoise is fairly simple to make-lots of crocheted hexagons, and some tubes for the head, legs and tail. A frog is a whole other proposition! I started with sketches, trying to get the shape of a frog clear in my head. Then I made a few attempts at starting to crochet it, but decided knitting would be better and easier to invent a pattern for. Once I had the shape of the head and body, doing the underside was easier. The thing I have found the hardest is the back legs. I have not attached those yet, so I still don't know if what I have done will work! Will put a photo up when it is done. 

Next is Deptford the bear. I found him looking forlorn and damp on a Deptford market stall. I bought him for £2 as I couldn't leave him behind. (When I was trying to think what to call him, I thought of how Paddington was named and stole that idea.)
He had a nose that was falling off, one remaining small felt eye, and one that had already gone. I gave him a wash and sat him on the radiator to dry. 
But then he looked like the picture below, so I decided to open him up and un-stuff him. He was filled with either kapok or cotton wool, which was very dusty and not usable. He also had lots of little balls of yarn, which had been unravelled from something else, so whoever had him was good at re-using things. They reminded me of a bag of vintage yarn I bought once that had been unravelled form other things and was full of lovely 1940s looking colours. I made a little scarf for him from his contents, and stuffed him with modern polyfil. He now has glass eyes and an embroidered nose, and is a much happier bear!

Here he is competing with the frog for my time!
My Mum gave me a toy knitting book for my birthday, so I got distracted by making little cute dolls. They are quick to make which I like! In the book, they just have eyes, but I wanted a whole face.

Then I made a failed lantern out of cheap frames and a glue gun. The idea was from a craft video, and it just didn't work that well. It fell apart immediately and as I was trying to fix it I broke two of the frames. So I used wax and small glass pieces to use the two pieces of glass that didn't break to make this picture.
And I painted a grumpy doll face surrounded by collage to use up some of my birthday papers which I can't bring myself to throw away as they are too pretty!
Now I have written this, I am going to have my lunch, then finish the frog cushion and start a present for someone. I am also making Christmas carol singing mice, but they are not finished yet!