Sarah Toa's 'message in bottle' (bah!) post pictures reminded me of the bathroom shelf of our compact but adorable city bathroom, so I thought I would share it with you, since I have just heard that the power-lines at my workshop have been blown over during the high winds of the night, and it will be a while before light is restored.
Aside from the obvious beachy, nautical, splashy-aroundy connotations, it's also a bit of a time capsule spanning around 200 million years, but jumping around 199,9935 years toward the end.
Left to right: A nautilus with the outer layer scraped away to reveal mother from 30+ years ago; a rather unusually whole bivalve scallop bought about 2 weeks ago, but made about 180 million years ago by someone calling himself 'God'; another bivalve collected locally by me, but made around the same time as the other, called a 'Devil's Toe-Nail', but also made by God (there's a lesson in there somewhere); a piece of fossilised wood from Arizona; a star-fish carved out of Bath Stone by someone calling himself 'Tom Stephenson', and on the top of that, an unusual (it's got 6 legs) starfish made from fired ceramic by the 6 year-old grandchild of someone calling himself 'Tom Stephenson'; above and to the left of that, a fossilised fish from the 'Green River' formation in what is now called the USA; another piece of fossilised wood from Morocco; an unfossilised shell of indeterminate age.
All of these items sit on a shelf of Portuguese, pink marble, cut and installed by me about 20 years ago, on the instructions of Her Indoors.
Out of shot, there is also a splash-back of the same pink marble running around the walls of the bath, and the walls themselves have been painted a messy pink by H.I.'s own, fair hand. The end result was all a bit pink for my tastes, but I am sort of used to it now. It still looks a bit like how I imagine the bedroom of Mise's daughter to look sometimes, though.
Splish, splash, splish, splash...