Tuesday, 27 October 2015


A look back at how it all began ... 

Before Denise Phillip transformed 'Denise's Creations' into the environmentally friendly gift store 'Gone Green', Denise was already using local products from nature to make jewelry.

 In the 1990's Denise sold many plastic items.  Everything at that time seemed to be made of plastic. But even plastic was becoming costly to buy and Denise was looking for an inexpensive way to make jewelry and home decor to attract the visitors to Grenada. 

Many of the Caribbean islands are blessed with fertile soil and abundant rainfall.  Many exotic fruits grow in these conditions. Throughout history, seeds from many of these fruits were also used to make jewelry.
Shellfish was abundantly found around the shorelines of the Caribbean.  The conch and the West Indian top shell were a staple food for the people of the islands.  The Amerindians used the leftovers from the fruits and shells to make beautiful jewelry. Some of the seashells were made into beads and also used for money.

 For over 20 years Denise and Angie (co-creators of Gone Green), have been beach-combing the shorelines of Grenada. 
They used to find a lot of seashells in many different varieties. Conchs, cones, olives, and many more would be washed up on the beach, waiting to be found by these two beachcombers.  
But each year when they would comb the beach, it became increasingly difficult to find seashells.  They were realizing that the abundance of shells they had enjoyed collecting was decreasing drastically. 

As they years went by and Denise and Angie's seashell supply was dwindling.  They decided to go to another part of the Caribbean in search of some new seashells. The Leeward island of Antigua was the island they chose to visit. 

Shelling in Antigua

They traveled there in hopes of finding seashells for Denise to use in jewelry and home decor.  The west side of this island was known for having many shells.  Denise and Angie found shells on two different beaches; many of which they hadn't seen in Grenada for years.

Denise is inspecting her variety of Queen Conch shells

Shells ...

... and more shells

West Indian Top Shells

Loofah seed necklace

Shell pendants

River bead bracelet

Sea-glass and Seashells display at 'Gone Green'

Coconut and seashells windchime

Coconut pendant and bead necklace for a child

Nutmeg necklace

As you can see from the photos above, the trip was a success and Denise is still working with these seashell found on those beaches.

Sorting shells in Antigua

Today, Denise continues to make seed and seashell jewelry, as well as home decor items.  Even though, she is limited as to what she can make, the work continues.

Stop by 'Gone Green' and have a look at the beautiful seed and seashell items!   Denise also has conch and top shells for sale. 
'Gone Green Grenada, Gifts from Nature by Denise', is located on the north end of Grand Anse Beach Grenada, in the Craft and Spice Market, Store number 11. 

You may also call Denise Phillip at 473-415-4507

Denise Phillips of 'Gone Green Grenada' ...
sea-glass barrette in braids, loofah seed necklace, nutmeg earrings ...
the whole works!  
 Like us on Facebook  ... Gone Green Grenada @  www.gonegreengrenada.facebook.com.

Please note:  Denise and Angie never take shells that have living creatures inside.  They respect nature and leave the animals living in shells where they found them.


Thursday, 22 October 2015


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Friday, 9 October 2015


Ottawa remains a favorite city.  If you live downtown, like my friend Anton, then the following scenes and sights are never far away.  
Here's a little taste of what he captured on his usual morning walk towards and along the Rideau Canal.

The presence of the RCMP Officers Honorary Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, War Memorial, brings backs the memory of the tragic loss of lives that occurred in October 2014, just about a year ago.
This is the War Memorial in July 2015, with RCMP Officers on duty.
We remember the fallen ...

 The boats that follow are on the Rideau Canal near the Ottawa Convention Centre ... (July 2015).  The canal freezes over in the winter to become a huge skateway.  This skateway is an integral part of the Winterlude Festival around January.  Cafes erected on the frozen canal, ice-sculptures and skating competitions are among the highlights at the Festival.
Check out the near perfect reflections of the Ottawa Convention Centre and boats on the water.


The Lockmaster House seen below, regulates the lock between the Ottawa River and the Rideau River.  It rises approximately 80 feet to the Rideau Canal, before connecting boats to the Rideau River.
A system of locks around and within Ottawa perform the same function of lifting and lowering boats from one water-way to the next. 

As Autumn settles in, giving way to the Winter freeze, TrailSpots (T-Spots!) brings you a few summer sights, thanks to our friend and fan in the heart of the city of Ottawa. 

Thank you Anton!  You help to keep TrailSpots (T-Spots!) a very interesting spot, indeed!  




Guys just wanna have fun ... right?   Last week-end, one of our trail-spotters, AG and some friends, went on a fun rally trail sponsor...