Thames Foreshore


beach clean art

Pieces collected from the Thames foreshore near the OXO Tower, photographed on a glass table.


I set off from Wool Station on a crisp November morning.railway station


arrived in Waterloo at about 11.50 and was delighted to find the tide out along the Thames ….

looking WestThames beach

looking East

Thames foreshore

a dear little footprint left by a gull

gull print


Just a 10 minute wander along the beach on my way to Tate Modern.

I checked out the Members’ rooms. I went to the one in the new building for lunchlunch at Tate Modern


A very nice spacious room BUT!!!!!!! and this is a very BIG BUT

The room is in a new building, an Art Museum and Gallery, there are spectacular views from this room, BUT can you see the views as you sit and have lunch?????????


Tate Modern Members' Room


How crazy is that!

So I ate my lunch, did a little crochet, and then realised that the grain of the oak table might make a perfect background for my beach findsbeach clean art


The Good Ship ‘Blue Cheese’. God bless her and All who Sail in Her!

And what about the black tray

Beach clean Art

Then off to explore more of the Tate. You can see a post about my visit on my other blog: Wild Daffodil.



Newgale, Pembs 8.Jan.17


after a few stormy nights the strand line is way up along the pebbles


and the sea and river together have created a valley in what is usually solid pebblesdsc_0033

I love the way the bridge is being decorated with odd bits of twine, an anonimous communal creative response.

It took about 15 minutes to fill this bucketdsc_0035

…. one of the many things that puzzles me is the amount of empty plastic bottles that people have taken the time to screw the lids back on and then ….? ¬†just discarded them presumably – what is that about!!!!?

There were some perfectly good gloves left next to where a fire had been lit


It has made me think about the need for a site for lost and found items – I found some prescription sunglasses on a walk three days ago – I’m sure they are much missed.

Hmmm….. how would that work?

And here a canister with the can itself rusted away, just the contents left




I cringe at the thought of what toxic gunk will have gone into the sea.

Newgale, Pembrokeshire

December 2016 (17th and 25th)


Looks clean doesn’t it

Here is the result of two Beach Cleans


And there was SO much more. My beloved Newgale, I had never seen so much stuff on it before, surely we MUST reduce our use of plastics .

To cope with the sadness, I look for gems of colour and design which I hope to make pieces of art with. The unknown human stories attached to each item fascinate me.


Do any of them get your creative mind working?



A mug tree?


A Damien Hirst inspired Spot picture?


A walk on Christmas day.


Thames Mudlark Event

I had a fabulous time yesterday picking up things along the Thames Riverbank near the Millennium Bridge

I joined The Thames Explorer Foreshore walk for a 2 hour forage along the shore. We met at the Glass Obelisk at 12noon. We were shown some items and given a short talk on the sort of things we might find.

The green rough pottery was said to be Medieval pottery, there seemed to be quite a lot of it to find amongst the stones.


The beach was full of stuff: glass, pottery, masses of terracotta, and a multitude of clay pipe stems, so many that the lapping of the waves had a tinkly tune as the hollow pipe stems were washed back and for amongst the glass fragments.

We were told that some old wooden stumps were the remains of an Anglo Saxon pier, from a time when the water level was lower. (Click on any of the photos to see them larger).

To our surprise a wedding party scaled the steep steps for photos.


I left a few of our party still searching, but my backpack and pockets were full, so I left at about 1.45pm – I weighed my backpack when I got home – it weighed just over a 16lbs!


I put my bags in the cloakroom as the Tate Modern and had a look around … people were lying down in the turbine hall for a sound experience, dscf0005I went into the newly opened bit – The Tanks – the viewing level alone is worth a visitdscf0007


Then I made my way (slowly!) along the South Bank towards Waterloo, noticing other historical piers


a sandy beach


other mudlarkers


and a sand sculpture



I do love wandering along the South Bank – always lots to see.

Cogden and Burton Bradstaock


A friend and I went for a walk on a gloriously beautiful Summer Sunday.DSCF9559

We parked near Cogden Beach, (There is a National Trust Car Park at the roadside).DSCF9561crossed the footpath to get to the steps to the beach and walked East to Cogden on a litter pick, finding most along the high-tide mark.DSCF9563

My friend is a litter pick star! She lives in town and goes for a litter pick walk each morning along by the river and has been doing that for years, so she was quite happy to join me in my latest crazy craze.

We walked to Cogden, had a paddle, DSCF9565ate our packed lunches and turned back along the beach.DSCF9562

Putting our bags in the car, we then walked the coast path to Burton Bradstock.DSCF9574

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The houses you can see are The Boarding House, and next to it the home of local celebrity, singer, musician and activist Billy Bragg.



The beach is more crowded at Burton Bradstock where there is a cafe.


Stopping at a shop on the way home, this headline caught my eye


We filled a carrier bag each