One of the very nice things about living right on the coast is that unpretentious people create pop-up art shows in their gardens.

Pett installation

This installation changes through the year. New bits of flotsam and jetsam are found on the beach and added almost on a daily basis. Obviously bits are also removed as I remember a load of disembodied doll’s limbs once featured heavily.

Pett stoned

Other art shows are almost like an extended happening. Stones-with-holes-in have been threaded on this shrub for many years. Some of the ones that have been here for ages have now grown lichen and are almost invisible.

Pett zoo

This is a slightly more self-conscious effort which uses found objects with bought in art works. The owner of this seaside garden is an artist, a millionaire and used to manage the Pet Shop Boys, Bros and East 17.

I’m always tempted by driftwood and ‘interesting’ stones and rocks. Quite often I give into these temptations, not always with Lo, she is a terrible Goddess’s approval.

In all of these photos I’m standing with my back directly facing the beach and the sea.


  1. Posted March 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    ‘I’m always tempted by driftwood and ‘interesting’ stones and rocks. Quite often I give into these temptations, not always with Lo, she is a terrible Goddess’s approval.’

    Just trying to keep your pretensions ‘un’. 🙂

    daddyp replied:

    For which many people are extremely grateful.

  2. Posted March 15, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    You only have one person’s approval to worry about. I’ve wanted to do this for the longest while, hang stuff on the big tree in front of this ol’ house. But an entire nation would think I’m mad. I live in conservative town. Aw, wot the ‘eck, they think I’m mad anyway.

    daddyp replied:

    Go for it …. now!!!

  3. Posted March 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    I decorate with rocks and driftwood all the time. I love “found” objects. There is a person a few miles from here who decorates his yard with antique farm implements, the old plows and harrows and rakes each sit on their own pad of field rock. Some of them have scarecrow like figures driving them. He always has a place to pile the rocks he is removing from his fields, and it looks very cool.

    I also like the “bottle trees” where people put a dead tree with lots of limbs out in their garden and then decorate it with glass bottles of various shapes and colors.

    Disembodled doll limbs? Maybe a little much

    daddyp replied:

    I love the sound of the scarecrows, I’ve always liked them.
    Do you use river or sea driftwood?

    healingmagichands replied:

    Both. I inherited a whole bunch of sea driftwood from my mother in law, along with the abalone shells that are on the fence out back. I add to my collection when I am on the river. There is a piece that looks for all the world like a dragon head that used to sit in a garden, but the earth contact was bad for it so now it is mounted on the north wall of the sauna dressing room, looking very cool.

    healingmagichands replied:

    Driftwood dragon: http://healingmagichands.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/dscf2120.jpg

    daddyp replied:

    That is definitely a dragon. As I never used to say at college “way cooool”.

    A sauna! with a dressing room!!!!! Way cooool.

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