This past week I had the pleasure of attending the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum Open House. The local island community was invited to view the new gift shop area and see the "Shellabration 2012" shell flower arrangement dedication. My pictures really don't capture the detail and beauty of this arrangement. The evening was well attended, much more than I had anticipated. It was nice to see fellow shellers, friends and see this amazing queen helmet shell that was recently donated to the museum. I would encourage you to visit the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum on Sanibel, it's well worth the visit. I always learn something new and often run into an old friend when I visit the museum.
Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat
“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.
You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”
Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
I'm proud to share with you this new collection by my friend Karen Robertson. Her seashell flower and succulent collection is meticulously handcrafted by award winning shell artists. Each seashell flower and succulent is unique by nature and no two are the same. If you would like to explore her fabulous works more, here is the link to her siteKaren Robertson's Shellatier Collection.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
A fun time was had by veteran sheller Beth and her brother Russ. I enjoyed hearing her stories about scotch bonnets and lion's paws from Beth. Beth found an excellent cone and many other small treasures. Russ is forever finding pieces of lightning whelks and very good at making me laugh. Thank you Beth and Russ, I look forward to our next trip.