So when we went home this time I took my little family off to Birdling’s Flat on the Canterbury peninsula. Birdling’s Flat is a beach, but it’s nothing like the beautiful sandy beaches of Australia with warm water and the sun scorching your skin, Birdling’s Flat is cold and windy and exposed to the southern seas, there’s no sand at all only cold hard rocks and stones . But that’s what I love about it, you really feel like you’re a tiny part of the universe when you’re there, there is such a feeling of wildness and open space. And it’s easy to forget about the freezing wind once you look down and start rummaging amongst the stones and pebbles and shells and driftwood which make up part of this awesome landscape, because hidden amongst the endless river of grey pebbles there are some beautiful coloured stones. I loved to fossick amongst the stones as a child and take some of them home to add to my collection of nature’s objects, - this time I fossicked with my little ones, but I didn’t add my precious finds to any collection, I packaged them up and sent them home to make into something precious to wear.