Just Because It’s Friday Photo…..

I was going to say this is my English country home, but alas no, it is Houghton Hall – one of England’s finest Palladian houses, built by Great Britain‘s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole in the 1720s.

Today is my mother’s 70th birthday – happy birthday Mum – and this is where we spent a very pleasant afternoon visiting the grounds and beautiful gardens.

So here it is, a cool picture…….just because hey, it’s Friday!

This week: Houghton Hall – Norfolk, England.

Houghton Hall, Norfolk, England, Palladian House, Robert Walpole's home,

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Just Because It’s Friday Photo…..

I have just arrived back home on holiday in Norfolk, England – home of the “Big Skies” after which my shop is named.  So I thought it apt that this week’s Friday Photo  was of those Big Skies over Brancaster beach, where I spent many hours in my childhood collecting shells, stones and all sorts of treasures.

So here it is, a cool picture to make you smile…….just because hey, it’s Friday!

This week: Big Skies – Brancaster Beach, Norfolk, England.

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Happy Friday!

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Rock Shopping at Rockchic

On Saturday I spent a very happy hour in my favourite rock shop, Rockchic in Hout Bay, Cape Town.  The owners were kind enough to let me take some photos to share with you.

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The shop is split into two – one half for their crystals and exclusive handmade gemstone jewellery and the other half for their gemstone beads.

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Rockchic has the most amazing selection of gemstone bead strings and loose beads and pendants.  I shopped til I dropped – straight into the Woodcutters Arms which had conveniently opened up right next door, much to my husband’s delight!!  Talk about win-win 🙂

I shall be posting pictures of the lovely gems that found their way into my shopping basket, and the resulting new jewellery pieces over the next few weeks.

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Just Because It’s Friday Photo…..

This week’s Friday Photo brings us back to Africa and Etosha Game Reserve in Namibia.  This photo is of a male Kudu – he is so magnificent, check out those ears and horns!  I think this photo gives you an idea of how well these animals can blend into the African bush.

So here it is, a cool picture to make you smile…….just because hey, it’s Friday!

This week: Male Kudu– Etosha, Namibia.

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Happy Friday!

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The Fairest Cape

This time tomorrow I shall be on my way to Cape Town for the weekend. It is a two-hour flight from Johannesburg – time enough for a nice cold glass of white wine between ascent and descent.

View towards the Lion's Head - Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Twelve Apostles, Lion's Head, the Cape

View from Chapman’s Peak drive on the Cape Peninsula looking back towards the Lion’s Head, with the Twelve Apostles coming into view on the left

Sir Francis Drake, the celebrated English navigator, wrote of the Cape: “This Cape is the most stately, and the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth…”

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View from Blouberg across Table Bay towards Table Mountain and Cape Town

Home to the famous landmark, Table Mountain, the shores of Table bay are where South Africa’s recorded history began on Christmas Eve in 1652, when, Commander Jan van Riebeeck, his French wife, young son and a small party arrived.

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View along Chapman’s Peak drive on the Cape Peninsula

Cape Town is also home to one of my favourite shopping streets – the Main Road in Kalk Bay – it’s cobbled streets offer a variety of arts & crafts, pottery, unusual antiques, book stores, jewellery stores, curios and bric-a-brac shops. A shopper’s paradise!  There is also my favourite rock shop, Rock Chic in the fishing town of Hout Bay.  And let us not forget Cape Town is next to the Cape winelands…..yes, it is going to be a good weekend!

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View of Table Mountain from a restaurant in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

I am looking forward to purchasing some unusual and eye-catching gemstone focal beads from Rock Chic.  Here are some of my necklaces in which I have used the gemstone beads I bought on my last visit.

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Grey Agate Gemstone Necklace $50 – from Big Skies Jewellery

Black Tourmaline, Natural Pyrite and Carnelian Statement Necklace, gemstone jewelry, gemstone necklace, handmade gemstone necklace, handcrafted gemstone necklace, black tourmaline necklace

SOLD – Black Tourmaline, Pyrite and Carnelian Gemstone Necklace by Big Skies Jewellery

Tribal Bostwanan agate, red coral, silver and chain gemstone necklace, red coral necklace, gemstone necklace, gemstone jewelry, tribal necklace, chain necklace, tribal jewelry, agate necklace

Tribal Red Coral and Botswana Agate Chain Necklace $45 – available from Big Skies Jewellery

Tribal Pyrite, Crystal, Citrine and Sunstone Necklace, gemstone necklace, gemstone jewelry, tribal necklace, chain necklace, handmade gemstone necklace, handcrafted gemstone necklace,

SOLD Tribal Pyrite Crystal, Citrine and Sunstone Gemstone Necklace by Big Skies Jewellery

Agate Slab Bib Necklace, Agate bib gemstone necklace, bib necklace, gemstone necklace, gemstone jewelry, handmade gemstone necklace, handcrafted gemstone jewelry

SOLD Agate Slab Bib Necklace by Big Skies Jewellery

 

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