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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

To the beach...

Norene came over yesterday with a book she got for her birthday...
We had already planned to go down to the beach for some research into 
a project in the near future, (more on that later!) and after
looking through this book, we were truly inspired!
Lucky for us the day was gloriously sunny, so down the long ramp we went...
With the tide out, it was a perfect day to look for treasures...
 I keep finding weathered fishing lures for a wind chime I'm working on...
A few crab boats pulled up on shore...
Some very funky beach art...
Somebody always finds something to make something out of it!
Recycling, cleaning up the beach AND letting loose the creator in ones self.
As we walked along, finding bits and pieces, I saw what I thought was 
a piece of round plastic and ALMOST didn't pick it up.
 But, I couldn't help myself...I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was 
indeed porcelain and even more surprised when I flipped it over...
How cute is that?!
And to think that it's been rolling around on these rocky beaches for who knows how long
and it's only lost it's body! Wouldn't it be something to find that one day?
You can't really tell by the photos, but these are not your smooth, sandy shores.
These are rough, jagged, winter storm, whipped beaches.
But I suppose, because they're also tidal mud flats, things can be buried
deep in the silt and slowly uncovered by time.
It got Norene and I to wondering, as we often do, where this came from?
If only this little country boy in the straw hat could talk!
This is the same beach where Norene once found the tiniest of opium bottles,
complete with Chinese writing on it.
A long time ago there was a fish packing plant here and, no doubt, 
there were many Chinese workers here which would explain the bottle.
I suppose opium could remedy all kinds of things, including
a low paying, slave driving, fish gutting job.
Anyway, one more treasure to add to the pile
and one more day to bask in the (these days) rare sunshine.


farmlady said...

What a lovely visit to the beach. What a wonderful "find" to use later in your artwork.
A beautiful day with a friend....
Life is good Great photos.

the wild magnolia said...

How much fun I have on your rambles! Love the little beach boy and the thought of finding tiny opium bottles.

Thank you for sharing. Love the last photo best!