Skomer Island

While we were in Pembrokeshire, we went on a small boat to Skomer Island, a nature reserve. It is part of a group of three off that part of the coast. Earlier in the summer it has puffins but they had left for the Bay of Biscay, unfortunately. But we saw lots of gulls and other wildlife, including a pied wagtail from a hide in the middle of the island. It was lovely just to be able to walk around somewhere free of cars. It is quite a small island – it only took us a couple of hours to walk round it.

island
This is called The Neck, and you can only go there if you are on bona fide research – everyone else has to keep to the very clear paths.

very sheer cliffs on Skomer island
This part apparently was the best place to see seabirds, but most of them must have been out at sea when we were there. Amazing, sheer cliffs …

springy, bumpy vegetation on Skomer island
There were lots of burrows on the island – the manx sheerwater bird apparently makes them, along with the numerous rabbits around. We saw lots of gory bodies of these birds as we walked along – eaten by the gulls in the night.

sun shining over sea from Skomer island
The views were amazing.

Orange lichen-covered cliffs on Skomer island
Look at the orange lichen on the rocks!

more of those funny bumps on Skomer island
I don’t know if these are burrows, plant-covered rocks or strange growing clumps of plants but they looked weird…

seal lying on top of rock on Skomer island
That shape on the top of the rock is a sleeping seal. It blends in quite nicely with the rock itself! It didn’t move for ages…

Seals on beach on Skomer island
There are some more seals on this beach if you look carefully! They drag themselves up at low tide to sun themselves.

Lots more postcards for sale!

I have just added lots more postcards to my ‘for sale’ pages – now I’m extremely crosseyed!

These postcards are £15.00 each, including shipping. They will be shipped blank in a jiffy bag unless specified otherwise. If you want them sent ‘bare’ through the post to create a work of art complete with greeting, stamp and postmark, please indicate this in the Paypal form. I am happy to ship anywhere in the world.

Have a look under ‘Pages’ in the sidebar to the right of this entry – Postcards and More Postcards! Enjoy!!

If you want to see any of them in more detail, email me and I’ll email you a bigger photo. I have included a detail with one of them just to show the general quality but I haven’t got the space to do this with all of them and they would take forever to load if I did:)

If you have any problems with using Paypal, let me know – I haven’t had much experience with it so I hope I’ve got the html for the buttons right!

Postcards!

Diane of Going to Pieces, the Artful Quilters Blogring Owner, has compiled a really good list of tutorials gleaned from posts in the blogring. I was emailing her with links for a couple of mine, when I realised I had never posted pictures of some of the postcards I made from the collages earlier in the year.

Here are a few of them. I spent this morning taking lots of photos so hopefully I will get them put on the ‘for sale’ section of the blog before too long. I had a deadline to do this, because I have exciting news! Sheryl, a friend who I know from my City & Guilds course, has a co-operative crafts venture upstairs in Newport Market, and she has asked me to join in with them and sell my fabric postcards! Newport Council use the first floor of the market, which is a very attractive Victorian building, to encourage artists and crafts designer/makers who want to start out in business and they have regular craft fayres. I will be spending a couple of half days a week manning the shop, which is brilliant because I was looking for a way to get out and meet more people while the kids are in school. It is called Alpha Arts and Crafts – have a look at their website and come and see me if you are in Newport visiting!

Here, as promised, are some of the postcards.

collaged postcard
Portals #1

collaged postcard
Portals #2

collaged postcard
Spirals #5

collaged postcard
Spirals #11

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