The Sand Garden is only about 14" x 9"
This is my studio sand garden, along with lots of shells, sand dollars, and miscellaneous strange things. It was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law Karen or one of my daughters, I'm not sure which. The sand is extra sand from my sand collecting, so it's from at least two oceans and several lakes.
Every time I walk along a beach, I look around for whatever the ocean has washed up. Shells, stones, driftwood and sand dollars are my favorite items, which I pile on the windowsill and then add to (or rearrange in) the sand garden. Sometimes someone -- I suspect Madeleine, my youngest -- does the rearranging, which always amuses me!
The miniature walkway is made of tiny, real bricks that I cut from a slab of clay. The little Buddha has been the most permanent fixture. I bought him at the gift shop in the National Taiwan Museum in Taipei, back in 1969 while on R&R from Viet Nam. (Yes, I was there -- 69 to '70 -- another story!)
3-inch tall wood Buddha from Taipei
The plastic ball look slike a very old SuperBall that must have floated for years in the ocean to have acquired the barnacles. It reminds me of an orange planet -- with volcanoes! I found it about a year ago at the beach at Surfside, CA. Remember SuperBalls? They're still bouncing around...
Planet "SuperBall" with extinct volcanoes.
NEXT POSTS: Dispatches from the Pacific Tuna King, a commercial tuna boat where I will be working for several weeks while it goes from Louisiana to Baja, California, via the Panama Canal! Stay tuned!