Monday, 7 February 2011

Blue Amber and fossils

I promised Sue of Sooz jewels that I would send a her a photo of some blue Amber. Or at least blog about it.

To say that the blue amber in the photo is old is a bit of an understatement, so lets just say I have had it for a quite a few years.

There's a good test to see if Amber really is amber or if it is plastic.
Take a large glass and keep adding salt until the salt no longer dissolves. Add the amber.
If the amber floats, it's true amber, if it sinks then maybe it's not....

Or you could burn a slight part of the amber with something like a soldering iron. If it gives an acid smell then it's plastic, real amber should smell sweet.
The amber above had the salt test. Passed, before I forget to tell you.

We aren't avid fossil hunters, no puns here about the two old fossils living in Soggibottom Cottage.

Although on a warm day walking along the Jurassic Coast in East Devon or Dorset, fossil hunting can keep us amused for hours.
The best place to look for fossils is at the grey cliff base. Sometimes you have to have nifty feet as the cliff tends to fall.
Stay safe and stick closer to the waters edge.

We even have help.

Not always the right stones, but you never know. They could be !

Thanks Sandee. Sandee has passed on A stylish blogger Award to Soggibottom.
Wish I were Stylish Sandee, before I say anymore I'll accept the award quickly.

Thank you Sandee.

You can meet Sandee Here at Sandee's ramblings.
Most of my photo's of Stonehenge are for Sandee. Sandee also has a sketch book challenge going on over at her blog........I can't draw, but there are many of you out there who can.

As I have accepted this award I also have to say seven things about myself.... nearly every award has a catch.

I have never crossed the equator, although I have swam within 100 miles of it.

I would prefer to swim than sail and have been known to jump from a moving boat, just to get off quickly.

I have swam with Sharks and Barracuda's. Not from choice ( I never knew they were there).

Haven't eaten meat for over 25 years.

Have an undying love for anything that has four legs, furry, skinny, fat or thin, fluffy or smooth.

I never watch animal related films where the "animal" gets it next.

I once kept Angora rabbits.

That wasn't as bad as I thought.............

Now to pass on the award to 15 newly found bloggers and let them know about it....

This is a great chance for me to tell you of a few of the new blogs (new to me) that I have found... not always animal related. :-)

HOWEVER.... if you would like this award, take it. You only need to click and save.

In no particular order.........


House Elf

Through the eye's of Tweedles

Bark and About

Sew Cindy


Loveing for a Living.

Silver Nik Nats

The Blessed Hearth

Slightly Shabby

Ten Lives and Second Chances

The Chronicle of the Woos

A stitch in time saves nine

Tales from the mouse house.

Mama Bugs Photos

There are many many more I would love to add here, but I'm sure the list will keep you busy for a while. I forgot to add about the amber mine in my list... there will be another time.


Cavaliers Corner said...

What beautiful photos of the coast. Amie is a good helper too. Fossil hunting is certainly a very unique hobby. I found it very interesting to read about.

WoolenSails said...

Fun to be able to fossil hunt.
Would love to comb a beach, but it is a bit slippery with the snow, lol.


Christine said...

What a wealth of information you have!
Very impressive!
Seashore walks and pics - I need sunshine!
Love Amie's sweater!

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww yay for gorgeous Amie helping with the fossil hunting! She's adorable!!!

CONGRATULATIONS with your award - very stylish like Amie in her jumper!! Oh my goodness - sharks and barracudas?!!? Wow!! I'm very glad you're ok!!

Thank you for nominating my silly blog - yay!! Take care

Sue said...

I have some amber. I'll have to try the salt test.

Count me in on the Stonehenge photos. I love them.

Congratulations on the award. We think you have a very special style.

Cindy said...

And here I was thinking the photos were posted for my benefit....LOL

I LOVE your photos - ALL of them.

I absolutely enjoy seeing where people live - both their "outdoors" and their "indoors'. There's SO much "world" out there to share.j

And, thank you for sharing The "stylish blogger award"...although I certainly don't have much me on that one.

Infact, my favorite shoe of choice, to this day, are "Penny loafers" matter how "outdated" they are, I love them and wear them. Hey - they still sell them so someone besides me must wear them....LOL

Allie said...

One question - why is it called Blue Amber? It's awful pretty but it doesn't look blue to me! Oh girl, I want to join you on that beach. Congrats on your award!!!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

That sounds like a fun day along the coast - bet Amie enjoyed the sand. Very interesting to learn all about amber.

Congrats on the award - and thanks for sharing it:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Victoria said...

Awwwww, thank you so much for thinking of me! I'll work in this tomorrow:) Congrats on getting it yourself and I can't believe you haven't eaten meat in 25 years...I loooove me some steak!

Fossil hunting sounds fun:)

Christine said...

Midge, the amber is so lovely. What fun it would be to hunt fossils; I've never had the opportunity to do so. Looks like Amie was having fun hunting them with you!

Faye Henry said...

Ahhh Midge... I so love your beaches...
Amie is such a great helper...
Take care...

Rouky said...

Great photos! I love the one of your little helper. It's so cute.
Fantastic post, super informative. Thanks so much for posting this.

Congratulations with your award! You're worth it a million times over!
A big thanks, also, for nominating my little blog.

Houseelf said...

Lovely amber. I treasure some red-ish amber heart earings Daughter gave me a couple of Christmasses ago.

OOO fossil hunting! I have a little ammonite. I have seen a mammoth molar tooth and was stunned at the size as it came out.

Thank you so much for the award. I'll include it in the next blog post.

Micki said...

Congrats on the award. I have a beautiful amber necklace.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Midge
Congratulations on your award.
You really deserve it. And many more too.
We loved reading the special things about you too.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
We love fossils. Did you know that?
Once long ago our mountain was covered with ocean water, and we have found fossils up on top of our mountain. Someday we hope to find a dinasour !
Your Amber fossils are gorgeous

Sue Doran said...

How completely rude of me to not only totally fail to notice this wonderful posting by you but also to not thank you for the mention! What on earth was I doing in early February to keep me from reading your blog, I ALWAYS read it! So sorry I missed this posting, Midge, it's wonderful with your trademark beautfil photos (you gotta do the one about the mine now ...)

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