Rain, Hail and Shine! (& Rocks)(Lots of Rocks)

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Hail

Despite the on and off again rain, I put my gardening clothes on to get out and do something – and I promptly got hailed on.

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Giving my strawberries frostbite

I am not kidding to say that the photo below was seconds after the one above!

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Sun back on

And a minute or two later –

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I swear some kids got into the celestial weather room today and have been flipping the light switch & turning off and on taps!!!

So I watered my hothouse (or rather the things in it, as the hothouse was getting a good watering by Mother Nature without my help) and went back inside to have a proper look at what stones we found yesterday.

I sprawled over the floor with my macro lens in average light and tried to get some decent shots to share with you.

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This one was my favourite pick up from yesterday. Looking forward to polishing this
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Details

Its amazing the difference between wet and dry – and despite the slight discomfort of fossicking in the rain, it sure makes the colours and patterns stand out.

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If this had been dry I would have passed it by on the beach
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When wet, the strip of agate shows through clearly… curious to polish this one back although its too big for my tumbler
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Great designs in this one
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The underside of the above rock!
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Its not only agate I pick up – I loved this colour with the stripe of (I think) quartz through it!

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The underside is almost flat – I’d like to just polish this side flat
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This piece was translucent – put it against a torch so we could really see the patterns through the rock!

I also took a few snaps of the recently finished tumbled stones to share

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I love the assortment of colours

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Hope your week has started well!

Cheers!

 

Soggy Day of Not Rest

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Fluffed out blossoms

Remember yesterday I said something rash about putting the fire on, taking it easy… ? Well, there was lots of rain today and I did get the fire on, but Jeff thought it would be the best day ever to spend a few hours on the beach agate hunting!!

It was pretty bleak outside and it was hard to muster appropriate enthusiasm, but I found my gloves, beanie & raincoat and joined in the fun!

I didn’t even take my camera as I knew it would be too wet to take it out 🙂

Still… for all my initial lack of enthusiasm, we really had a great few hours on the beach with some nice finds. Yes, we were pretty wet by the time we were done, but weren’t as cold as I thought!

I’ll take some photos of some of those finds when I have more light

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The cherry blossom out the front has a few nice clusters of blossoms out. Over the next week it should look amazing -as long as the wind doesn’t kick up too much more!

Speaking of wind – How are all the Florida people going?? I didn’t look at the latest news today! Hope you are all hanging in there safe and sound!

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Pretty blossoms against a bleak sky!

I did empty the tumblers again tonight. I took a quick snap of the successful rocks – I think one of the agates was crumbling and adding grit which hasn’t been helping the polishing stage.

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I’ll try to get some better photos tomorrow!

In the meantime, stay dry, warm and enjoy what is left of your weekends!

Cheers!

Hobby Day

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Tumbled

I fully intended to sit in front of the fire today and crochet… that’s all.

Then I remembered wanting to chisel out the remaining packs of beef that were laminated to the bottom of the freezer – out with the hammer and screwdriver!! Happily Jeff took over the job, because I am short and its a long way to the bottom of the freezer 🙂

Then… because we started so sunny I put on laundry. And yes it was raining by the time it was ready to go out. And no – I never learn.  Because Jeff had taken down my undercover line to repurpose it into a cat lead, I had to spend some time restringing the new line.

Of course – despite yesterdays gale force winds, nary a breeze today so all I achieved by hanging the clothes outside was to make them colder! (Fireside fixed them though!)

Then… I remembered my rock tumbler that was tumbling away in the shed. I figured the rocks must be about ready.

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The polish stage really froths up
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Rinsing

Once dry, most of them weren’t as highly polished as I know they can go… so I spent some quality nerd-time by admiring each one and forcing Jeff to stop whatever he was doing and join me in mutual admiration of all the colours and patterns before returning them to the tumbler for a few more days work.

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I found this in the driveway of a local restaurant!! Its Calder River Agate – probably the nicest sample I have found!

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So – I eventually DID get to my fire and crochet – I did a little more with the new wool…

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But forced myself to get back to my original shawl as really, there is not that much further to go before its done.

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In the middle of all this, cousin Jeff dropped off a rather soggy load of wood – slid his truck down into the yard and almost redesigned our vegetable garden!!! 😀

We are getting him to bring a couple more loads soon – we threw tonights lot under cover (Which is good because right now its PELTING down rain out there!) and will see about stacking it tomorrow.

And that is the weekend done and dusted!

Hope you all had a great one!

Cheers