My friend Norene, who's an amazing mosaic artist LOVES to beach comb.
Funny so do I!
So the other morning we took advantage of the low tide and went down under the docks...
These ghosts of wood were once a very large fish trap back in the 1920's.
These were called 'weirs' and were used to trap migrating salmon.
There was also a cannery there at one time.
Where there was people, there was garbage as well.
Fortunately plastic hadn't been invented yet but there was lots of glass, crockery and metal.
Walking along there's a lot of broken dishes and bottles...
I suppose because this stuff gets trapped in the mud, it stays sharp edged.
We like to find more worn out pieces but it's still fun to see what lies beneath the muck...
The skeleton of an old barge lies sinking back into the ground...what tales could it tell!
Norene took home some rather large pieces of this and I'm curious to see what she'll do with them.
Along the beach there are scores of rickety docks no longer in use...
Save for the swans who take advantage of a spot for preening...
Someday soon this will all be gone since a new posh hotel is going up in the area and old docks will be replaced with swank marinas and wharves for yachts.
I've been finding lots of these old fishing lewers and am thinking of making a rustic wind chime for the garden..
Found objects for future masterpieces...
...butter knives and horse teeth?
Now, here's what keeps you digging...
Norene found this stopper today and I think she found one the last time we came here...lucky gal!
We've found a few of these mint condition glass bottle stoppers which they stopped making in the '30's or '40's.
Here's my little collection.
Sometimes you might find an unbroken bottle as well.
This is an old Castor oil bottle...
Norene found a really tiny bottle with Chinese writing on it on a previous 'hunt' which is still under investigation to see what kind of concoction it held.
So you never know what's going to show up next...gold coins?
Jewels from Titanic?
You just might see us on the Antiques Road Show one day exclaiming...
"OH MY GOD!"
"ARE YOU SURE?!"
And then for sure the next post will be from my villa in Tuscany!