Sharing the Same Passion: A fellow Sea Glass Hunter & His Beautiful Finds
~ YouTube video made and owned by the collector himself ~
Inukshuk ~ Meaning:'In the likeness of a human','someone was here' and 'you are on the right path'. Inukshuks areman-made landmarksof stoneused by the peoples of the Arctic region of North America to point out the right directions along highways, lakes and in the wilderness. The Inukshuks guided people across the frozen tundra and helped them to handle the different hardships that they encountered there.
An inukshuk can be small or large, a single rock or several rocks balanced
on top of each other, round boulders or flat. They are built from whatever stones that are at hand and often sculptured to look like a human. Each one is unique. The arrangement of stones indicates the purpose of the
marker. The directions of arms or legs could indicate the direction of an open
channel for navigation, or a valley for passage through the mountains. An inukshuk
without arms, or with antlers affixed to it, would act as a marker for a cache
If you are curious of how an inukshuk looks like then chech them out on 'google images'.
Twelve steps in to your backyard through tall green grass, and into the world Ain't it feelin right Ain't it feelin nice in your own backyard in your own backyard
Through dirty winding road, around your feet that carries me along and into the beat Didn't need to go so far
to find what you were thirsting for
Didn't need to go so far to find what you were looking for
Because it was always beside just right behind
right of your hand you just didn't know
it was in your own backyard
Twelve steps in to your backyard Just twelve steps in to your backyard Twelve steps in to your backyard Twelve steps in to your backyard Twelve steps in to your backyard Twelve steps in to your backyard
This one has been varnished a couple of times for protection and a smooth surface
To the filatelists, who might have choked on their good coffee when seeing the photos above: To your consolation no collectible stamps were harmed or injured in any way during this experiment. These old beauties came from a very cheap lot and they all had various damages to them before they were glued on to the boxes :)
Ramsons ~ Allium Ursinum (you smell them before you see them :)
and early Summer is the time of the year to pick Ramsons (also called
Bear's garlic because the bears treasure it so much and feast upon it
whenever they have the chance - hence the Latin name) This ancient, wild growing garlic makes a
delicious addition to any salad, soup, cheese and/or bread. It also goes
very well with fish, bird and meat. Ramsons can be eaten just as they are, they can be dried and used as spice and you can also make lovely
Ramsons pestos. The choices are many and above all; very, very tasty! :)
Ramsons contain over ten times more Vitamin C than lemons. It is antiseptic, it boosts your blood circulation and strengthens your immune system too. No wonder the bears are so strong! :):) *
Fun fact: Apparently the Native American word shikaakwa or chi-ga-ga, meaning 'wild onion' or 'wild garlic', has given the name to the largest city in the US state of Illinois; Chicago *
1)Find a wooden foot saved from an old leaning chair, like this one here, or something else with a little weight to it that can be used as a steady base. If you (or your neighbour ;) have the right drilling equipment you can also use a rock as a base. Drill a hole into the centre of the top - the hole should fit the thickness of the pole you want to use - and...
2) ....glue a steel bar of preferred lenght and thickness into it.
3) Then find a wooden stick of preferred thickness and shape (it doesn't have to be straight, it can just as well be 'wavy' or 'curly' :). Cut it to the size that you want and strip off the bark (if there are any), sandpaper it smoothly and apply some linseed oil or beeswax, if you like. Drill a hole in the midle - not all the way through - only just half way or maximum two thirds through the wood. Mount the stick on top of the steel bar with some glue. Leave it to dry for a while...
If your computer screen were a table or the centre of a flower and your internet friends were the guests or the petals around it - where do they all sit according to your compass?
How do you picture a year in your mind? - Is it round like a cake or a clock? If so; does it go with the clock or the other way? And where on clock or cake are the seasons and the months? - Is it a horisontal line? If so; does it go from left to right or the other way? - Is it a spiral perhaps? Upwards or downwards? - Does it look like a graf system of some kind? :)
You will need: Young saplings coming from bushes or trees that are elastic/easily bends; like hazel, willow or maple - appr. 40-50 pieces.The saplings should not be more than 2 cm thick at the cutting end of the stem/trunk or else they will be difficult to bend properly. A knife, thin ropes or straps to tie the saplings together and a long, straight crow bar to make holes in the ground.
Find a nice, flat and dry - and of course legal ;) - spot to raise your wooden hut. Measure the preferable size and mark the holes, appr. 30 cm deep, in which the saplings are to be put into the ground. Use even numbers of 20-30 saplings (depending on how big you want your hut). That means 20-30 holes with appr. 40 cm gaps between each one.
For the saplings and hut to last longer you need to strip off the bark with a knife. Remember: this will be a whole lot easier to do from late spring to early summer due to the fresh and smooth sap between the wood and the bark! To make the root-ends of the saplings even more moist and water proof you can coal blacken them just slightly on the outside by holding and twisting them over an open fire.
Put the saplings into the holes with the root-end (the thickest end) first. One facing it's match on the opposite side like shown in the picture.
When all your saplings are put into the ground you bend two and two towards one another to form arcs. Tie them together with ropes and/or straps.
By now you are half way in building the frame of your wooden hut! :)
The rest of your saplings are to be fastened horizontally around the arcs like shown in the picture.
The late, dark evening finally caught up with us. However, just a few more staples around the back and the top and the framework of the hut is done, wohoo!:)
Next you will need something to cover your wooden hut to keep out the bad weather and bugs. You can use branches, turf or moss, a plastic cover (always remember to bring it back home with you!) or like we did; use some old button tent covers that can be bought very cheap from an army retail.
Always remember to rest and enjoy (in) your beautiful creations! :)
A little more work with the cover and we're almost ready to move in!