Rocks, rocks, and more rocks

I never get tired of them. I can’t walk on the beach without looking down. I just don’t want to miss the next special rock. I’ve been spending a lot of time this week drilling beach rocks for necklaces. It sounds monotonous but it’s really not, for me. I finished one book and started another today (on CD), all while drilling rocks.


I have containers and boxes and bowls of little rocks all over the house. Next to our front steps, outside, there are rocks. Many of them ended up there when they were replaced, inside, by other special rocks. I would be shocked to think there is anyone who has visited our island who has not taken home a small rock or two. They don’t call it “the rocky coast of Maine” for nothing! Tonight, when I went to take a shower, a few more rocks fell out of my pockets.

Rocks from today, drilled 3/4 through, waiting to be marked to drill from the other side.

Rocks drilled all the way through, waiting to be waxed.

Wax off, wax on.

Sea glass does not benefit from waxing. It would lose some of its weathered frostiness.

This morning I got up early, again, and left the house for a quick walk to the station and back. I did not take the beach for the first part of the walk, but did walk on the sand on the way back. I didn’t plan to even look for rocks, but I managed to find a few more to bring home. I mixed up some dough for sourdough bread, and patted myself on the back as it started to rain, then thunder, then hail within 20 minutes of getting back from my walk!

Man can not live by rocks alone.

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13 responses to “Rocks, rocks, and more rocks

  1. I like the rocks, the glass and the bread! Before I scrolled down all the way and could only see the top of the photo, I thought the bread was a bead! It looked like some kind of seed pod!

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    • Barb Fernald

      I was going to mention something about a large bead….then have the bread. But, you know, sometimes it’s hard to come up with something for “post a day” I don’t know how you do it with 3 blogs!!!!

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  2. LeAnn

    Oh I do like seeing all your little pebbles in their different stages of becoming beads. I can imagine how meditative it could be to drill them one by one. I can imagine how good that bread tasted. Ummm yummmm.

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    • Barb Fernald

      LeAnn! I’ve missed you on your blog. Hope all is okay. And yes, it is very meditative to drill those rocks one by one. You get it. Making bread is also meditative for me. Island sourdough. We have some good yeast in the air here!

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  3. It must be heaven to be able to walk outside your house, stroll along the beach and add to your rock collection! Looking for pebbles and rocks is such a wonderful meditative activity! One of my favorite things to do at the cottage, too! The Butcher’s wax makes the stones look so beautiful. I’m not sure if we have Butcher’s wax in Canada. Would any commercial paste wax do the trick do you think? Can’t wait to try it! Your bread looks amazing….like a Zentangle!!!

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    • Barb Fernald

      Check at a hardware stor for the Butcher’s wax. I bought it from the store in N.E. Harbor when they didn’t have Renaissance wax. I think the Renaissance wax would work, and you might try any paste wax like a car wax. I don’t know if that works or not, but it’s worth a try. If you don’t have Butcher’s in Canada, you can pick some up here in June. I think of you and Angie and all the places we will go to find rocks when you are here! In less than 2 months eh?

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  4. holly k

    The stripes on that beautiful bread look like the stripes on the rocks! Lucky you to be able to pick up rocks every day…my favorite rocks come from race point beach on cape cod- I go there 1 day a year!!!

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    • Barb Fernald

      If you end up not going to Poland in June……
      The stripes on the bread come from the willow basket it sits in to rise. This loaf stuck to the basket and was all mushed and wrinkled where I had to pull it free. I just cut out lines from that part and crossed my fingers. I think cooking bread in a hot dutch oven is pretty fool proof. xoxoxo

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  5. crnbrycst

    All I can say is, You Rock Barb! xoxo

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  6. Love love love your finished rocks! Bread looks good too!

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    • Barb Fernald

      Thanks Sue. I love them too. I take no credit for how smooth they are. I just try to restore some of their wet look with the wax.

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  7. Teresa Matheson

    Thanks so much for sharing your process of drilling rocks! I collect them wherever I go and look forward to drilling them now. Just found your blog, thanks for writing it, I’m really enjoying it.

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    • Barb Fernald

      Thanks Teresa, I’m glad you found my blog! Good luck with the rock drilling. You’ll find some rocks drill more easily than others. Have fun!

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