Brusnail – a Reckless Engineer

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel has been described as a risk-taking lover of danger. Much like Brusnail if you ask me.

I started volunteering at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre a few weeks ago. I work on the same day as a volunteer named Ernie, a kind faced retired man in his 80’s. Last week we had a conversation about Brunel and I asked Ernie if he thought he was a Reckless Engineer like the pub opposite Temple Meads suggests?

To which he replied –  “If you haven’t made mistakes, you haven’t lived.”

Cheeky Snails


My friend James just sent me this cheeky chap! I guess snails are pretty cheeky, especially when they eat your plants! I heard that their favourite plant to eat is a Hosta! What do you do to protect both plants and snails in your garden? I know someone that carefully rehouses the snails by driving them some distance down the road to the local nature reserve.

The Snail of Happiness indeed!

On Friday I received this fabulous fellow from Jan who writes The Snail of Happiness blog.

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Casting on, choosing wool, counting stitches and creating a masterpiece – Knitting is something that brings happiness to many.

This snail in particular got me thinking about the exhibit and how and why I want to display 365 snails. The answer of course is HAPPINESS. Not just my own, but hopefully the creators and viewers too.

Where do you find your happiness?

Spirally yours,

Claudia xo

Serendipitous Sammy the Snail

Whilst I was in Canada I did a course in ‘Creative Nature Connections‘ taught by Lisa Lipsett at Royal Roads University. The course sounded interesting but one of the main reasons I signed up was to meet people. There was only a few of us and we spent most of the day with our eyes closed and our fingers in a paint pallet.

At lunch time I got talking to Helga, I told her about my daily snaily and she told me about her heart a day! We become friends for the few months that I spent in Victoria. I got to see her showcase her hearts at a local gallery and spend time creating with her. Last week I received some snail mail from her and it came just at the right time. I’d been having a particularly tough morning and as I left the flat the post lady handed me the most wonderful package I ever did see.

The story of Sammy the Snail, a tale of a snail who overcomes sadness brought tears to my eyes and the card with the words ‘hahaha belly laugh’ collaged within a heart reminded me that the feelings of my morning were temporary.


Hello from Creative Shell

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Hello, I’m Claudia!

I have been snail paced in getting this blog underway but it’s here, and who says snail paced is a bad thing?

I have been doing snail a day on Instagram for well over a year, some days I have posted 4 snails and other days none. It’s still a process I love and one that makes me feel connected (not only by the people that have supported it but in the content the snail brings me)

I have loved creating the daily snaily and would love to share it, what better way then with a Snail Mail 365 exhibit – Send a Snail in the Mail

Spirally yours

Claudia xo