KI Art Feast 2016

I will be at Raptor Domain over the three days of the October long weekend starting tomorrow Saturday 1st October through to Monday. I will be set up for lampwork demonstrations with my trusty Scorpion 😊

Lampwork demonstrations at Raptor Domain

Lampwork demonstrations at Raptor Domain

The weather forecast for this weekend is a bit different from the last two years when it’s been so hot I have felt like passing out while the torch was on. The last 3 days have been intense here in South Australia with heavy rain and strong winds (mainly on the mainland) and it has made it extremely challenging to finish my preparations for the weekend. We have been really lucky on Kangaroo Island that it wasn’t as severe as the forecasts and we have had the backup generator which has kept the island powered up while many parts of South Australia lost electricity and some areas were without electricity for a great many hours.

Anyway, here’s hoping that I have managed to pack all the gear I need for the weekend and that it will be a good weekend at Raptor Domain.

Demos will run throughout the day from 1030am to 3.30pm. I hope to see you there 😊



Almost October.....again!!!

It’s just a few days away now to the October long weekend and I will be busy on the torch at Raptor Domain doing lampwork demos as part of Kangaroo Island Art Feast.

This year it is going to be more then just the long weekend as Art Feast has been extended and I thought I might as well give it a go as it is always fun to meet people and show how I make the glass owl beads that are sold at Raptor Domain. Will I see you there?

I will be doing demonstrations on the torch several times a day between 10.30am – 3.30pm on October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 17th and 18th.

This year there will be other bird pendants as well to pick from.

Hope to see you over the next three weekends.

Bye for now 🙂


1st September = Spring DownUnder

So, it’s the 1st day of September, it’s officially the first day of Spring here in Australia.

Last Friday we were still in August but I woke up with an itchy/sore throat and runny nose. In fact, my nose insisted on running a marathon for the next TWO days before I realised I might not be having a bout of hay fever after all!

Saturday evening, Mr. P tells me he has ‘a bit of an itch’ at the back of his throat. Uh-Oh…alarm bells ring……normally THAT means he is coming down with something…so I quickly go looking for my Ventolin only to find out that it is close to expiry. I mean….REALLY!!!??!! The last time I needed it was in October last year just before we went on holiday and I ended up with bronchitis after a coughing spell.

Too late to head off to the pharmacy (about 50km away) that evening so we plan to go in first thing on Sunday to ‘get some drugs’ for Mr. P and a new Ventolin spray for me.

Sunday – I haven’t stopped coughing and sneezing, nose is still running that darn marathon. Mr. P has started the day groggy, hardly a voice….time to call in sick and head off into town to the pharmacy which is thankfully open on the weekends in the morning.

Get to the pharmacy, produce my prescription for a new spray….the staff member looks at it and gently tells me that the prescription has run out….REALLY!!!??!! Oh my!!! This is NOT getting any better by the minute……thank goodness she then tells me that she can still issue me with a spray but not at such a good price as with the prescription. THANK GOODNESS because that has been keeping me from wheezing like crazy since the day before.

Unfortunately it seems there is nothing they can prescribe us over the counter to help either of our symptoms except lots of rest and keep the fluids up. Back home to cook up more bone broths – thank goodness for my trusty pressure cooker. A quick trip to the supermarket for more bones, veggies and back home to stay warm and cook up more broths!!!

Monday – hmmmm….Mr. P has not slept all night and looks totally washed out, nose is running a similar (probably harder) marathon as my nose has been….so we wait patiently/impatiently for 8.45am to call the clinic and try to get an appointment to see a doctor. Yes, that is the system here on Kangaroo Island 🙁

Luckily we can get an appointment for both of us in the afternoon to see our preferred doctor YAY!!! We just have to survive until then! MORE bone broth with more noodles…..!!!

We get there….it’s a virus (different ones for both of us it seems) and Mr. P’s doctor told him he looked terrible as soon as he walked in through the door…..HA that would have been really encouraging (NOT!!!)….he already felt that way….couldn’t even drive so I had to drive in coughing and spluttering….tests done…..wait for the results……in the meantime…we are contagious so stay home, rest and keep the fluid up – no medication will help!!

Back home to turn on the vaporiser, diffuser and just generally keep the humidity up so we can breathe for the next few days. Pressure cooker has been busy making bone broths – chicken, beef, fish and so on……..noodles, fine noodles, medium noodles, thicker noodles… in the soup with homegrown veggies…, honey and apple cider vinegar…….more rest..

Results come back….Hallelujah it’s not a know strain of influenza – what have we got? Some virus infection…

Oh, okay – what can we do? Rest…keep the fluids up..

Hmmmm…are we still contagious? We are still coughing and lots of runny stuff…Yes, we are still contagious….right….so……we can’t really go out in case we give someone else the bug besides the fact we don’t feel like being out anyway….it’s giving us a taste of being ‘imprisoned at home’!!!

This morning was the FIRST morning since Friday last week that I woke up without feeling like my chest was congested and nose all stuffed up….the vaporiser has not been turned on and we have not had to make up another pot of bone broth for tomorrow. We must be on the mend!!

1st of September, a new day in a new month and one that has brought us some relief finally!!!


2016's here!!!

Well, the end of 2015 pretty much went in a whirlwind, tornado, cyclonic manner….full of drama and unanswered questions…..and the island has exploded at the seams with tourists and of course with lots of people come lots of challenges!!

I am happy and grateful that 2016 started off MUCH better than 2015!!

I started the year fit and healthy, without having to look for a doctor like 1st January 2015!!

We ushered the New Year in at Seal Bay Cafe nearby, listening to the talented GC playing on one of his many guitars and crooning away some tunes….dancing and having a jolly time. There was even a visitor who ‘dropped in’ with his own collection of drums and then Will who manages the cafe brought out his Hung Drum and that was pretty awesome!!

So…..for now…here’s wishing you Peace, joy, good health and mucho success in the year ahead xo



2015 – almost at the end!!!

Yes, it is already November 2015 – time has gone by quickly yet again.

So many changes since my last post, so many more changes yet to come. Stay tuned! 🙂


Welcome 2015!!!

Yes, I know…….it seems a bit slack that this is the FIRST post in 2015 🙁

Well, while most of you were celebrating or recovering from celebrating the start of 2015……I was at the outpatient’s ward in the local hospital for most of the day. It was a day to remember, a day spent in pain with many of the following days trying to manage the cause. I thought I had a surprisingly bad case of constipation ‘with complications’ but it ended up being a case of bad Haemorrhoids!!!

So, whilst it wasn’t life threatening, it was bad enough I could not sit, stand, or even walk comfortably for the whole day and some part of the next day. Thankfully we have wonderful nursing staff and a team of great doctors on the island so it’s just a matter of time and managing it………and so far so good…..until yesterday…….yes, 24 days later it struck again!!!

Another day in massive pain and discomfort which did not resolve itself until late yesterday afternoon leaving me exhausted from the pain and management through the whole day from early yesterday morning.

Today is another day, a better day and started off pain free so I am happy for that and therefore I am going to celebrate this weekend and today by giving myself some play time on the torch (I am still “housebound”) and relaxing with some wire and meditation later in the day when it gets warmer.

Here are some photos of some work from the last few months which have gone into the gallery in Kingscote, some of it has been sold so I will be busy making up some more beads to make some more pieces for sale. Nothing yet in my Etsy shop as I am still trying to keep up with myself and stay in good health.

SimplyBea beads - Blue and frit

Handmade glass beads and sterling silver wire findings

SimplyBea beads - frit combo

Combination of colours with frit

SimplyBea handmade glass beads

Yellow is a happy colour and I love how these beads make me smile

So, here’s looking forward to a beautifully creative year ahead with lots of posts on the blog….. 🙂

~~~ SimplyBea ~~~

Kangaroo Island – South Australia


Blue for a cause....

Last weekend was great fun doing lampwork demos at Raptor Domain and this last week has gone by waaay too fast!!!
I didn’t manage to get pics of me on the torch but It was such a good weekend that I have accepted the invitation to go back to do more demos at Raptor Domain, so stay tuned
I also found out last weekend that a blogging friend of mine is making bracelets as part of her fundraising effort for research on Dysautonomia.
Head on over to Rachel’s blog for more info.
This is the link to her fundraising page.
……and here are the beads I made for her yesterday…….

Blue beads for a cause

Blue beads for dysautonomia fundraising

They are fresh out of the kiln this morning and have to be removed from their mandrels, then cleaned before I can send them to Rachel in Auckland.
If you would like to help, head on over to her page to donate.

So, here’s wishing you a wonderful day and fabulous week ahead.

I am off to clean some beads.



Busy weekend at Raptor Domain

So, it’s day 2 of 3 and it has been lots of fun so far. Still fighting to swallow normally and still having to be careful with what I can eat which is still reasonably soft food or a smoothie.. That’s okay… better than not to be able to eat at all.
Only two more of these HUGE antibiotic pills to go…. Yay

Yes, they have been a real challenge to swallow with this horrible ulcer but that’s what Dr. J prescribed to get rid of the infection and get better sooner.
So, I have followed the doctor’s instructions, taken my meds and rested…
The pay off is that I have been able to get well enough to do the demos at Raptors Domain for the Kangaroo Island Art Feast weekend.
It’s been great…nice and relaxed, lots of interested people and happy customers taking my pieces to new happy homes

What a great setup I have had, it’s been a real pleasure melting glass here this weekend ❤️


Kangaroo Island Art Feast 2014

Well, the time has come and my gig is up from tomorrow over the October long weekend. I am scheduled for live flamework demonstrations at Raptor Domain over the weekend.
I will have demos between 10am to 4pm from October 4-6.
Come and say hello if you are around.
I might not be too chatty as I am just getting over a bad (non contagious) throat which has left me with a seriously bad ulcer. Thankfully I went to the doctor on Thursday and he has given me ‘stuff’ to gargle and the dreaded antibiotics to get rid of it.
It will be a very impromptu sort of demo, depending on how I feel at the moment as it has been a very dramatic month for me leaving me with very little time and energy to get ‘real’ exhibition type work ready.
I do promise it will be fun though as I will still melt glass and ‘talk’ glassy stuff over the days that I will be there.

So, if you are on Kangaroo Island this weekend, come and visit me at Raptors Domain on the South Coast Road. It’s at the start of the Seal Bay Road which meets the South Coast Road and you could book in for an amazing Birds of Prey show followed by thrills at the Venom Pit as well.
Oh…and they do serve up yummy food there as well. I am hoping my throat will be good enough to enjoy the burgers from Talons Takeaway.
See you there


A different sort of day.....

So, it was a different day in the office for me today and a lovely one at that.

In spite of a bad case of hay fever with my nose running a massive marathon from the word go this morning and violent sneeze attacks which startled (and maybe frightened off) some of my work colleagues planting around near me…. it was a beautiful day to be out and about. Only drawback was my terribly runny nose which kept me from being more sociable with folks around me 🙁

It was the perfect weather to put seedlings into the ground and with a light breeze and not too sunny, the day was just fantastic. Great views overlooking Murray Lagoon and with the changing light in the sky it went from a soft pastel blue to gorgeous baby boy blue. We were even fortunate to have a fairly large wedge tailed eagle soar majestically over us at the start of the morning.

The goal was to plant 6900 seedlings between 9am – 4pm today. We hope these seedlings will do well and propagate over the years to come, increasing the native vegetation coverage and hopefully also help correct the salinity of the wetlands around.

Seedlings for planting

Some of the seedlings ready to be planted

It was my first ever tree planting experience and I was nervous, hoping I would be able to do it correctly. Most of the participants have been at other tree planting sessions before. There are normally teams of 3 people, one makes a hole in the ground with a special tool, someone follows behind with a tray of seedlings – dropping them beside the hole – and the third person comes behind to remove the seedling from the tube and places (plants) it into the hole.

I started as a ‘dropper’ but after about half a dozen trays, my shoulders and biceps were hurting….I knew I didn’t have the strength to be a ‘hole maker’ so I progressed to planting….after several hundred plants I think I will have some soreness in the hamstrings in the next couple of days 🙁

Planting teams

Teams at work


There was some really pretty scenery around as the sun came out, we were mostly too busy to take a lot of it in though.

Murray Lagoon revegetation site

The re vegetation site

Some of the plants from previous planting days. It will be interesting to see how many of the plants we put in today make it and how quickly they will grow here.

Fenced up

Native wildlife love young seedlings. They think it’s all yummy

The fencing is to protect the seedlings through the initial critical growth period. Kangaroos, possums and wallabies love fresh seedlings but these ones need to be established so that they can propagate and then the fencing will be removed.

All in all it was a fabulous day ‘in the office’ and I am so very grateful that I live in such a beautiful environment.