I am always searching for that elusive 'perfect pebble'. I often find it, because the criteria for 'perfect' changes on a daily basis, entirely at whim. Sometimes it's the perfect smooth oval, sometimes it's round. Sometimes it's speckled and sometimes it's chalky white. And sometimes it'll have a pattern of lines that just catches my eye. Like today.
Tomorrow's pebble will probably be completely different. I'm lucky enough to live a ten-minute walk from the beach. This is what we call our 'town' beach, nestled below the prom, and then stretching westwards to Newlyn. It's a pebble beach and as such is also a treasure trove of sea glass. Sea glass is even more important to me than pebbles - I'm forever on the look out for these little jewel-like fragments. I rarely collect brown glass, and am not that taken with green, either. Clear glass, blasted to an opaque white, is precious, and aqua and turquoise even more so. But the real treasure is cobalt blue - a rare find indeed. Today's haul was fairly average, by all accounts.
Pebbles and sea glass are arranged at home in little still lifes, bowls and glass jars, whatever suits my mood of the moment. My greatest inspiration for the perfect pebble spiral somes from Kettle's Yard. Here is a quote from the website: "On Castle Street in Cambridge, is a beautiful and unique house containing a distinctive collection of modern art. Kettle's Yard was founded by H.S. 'Jim' Ede as a place where visitors would 'find a home and a welcome, a refuge of peace and order, of the visual arts and of music.' "
A glimpse of the pebble spiral can be seen on the top left of their home page. If you've never visited Kettle's Yard it's a journey worth making.