#WordlessWednesday ~ Shadows

Hello, lovely to see you ๐Ÿ˜Š. I hope you are well and if not that you get all the help you need ๐Ÿ˜š.

No, this is not going to be a negative post just a nearly wordless one ๐Ÿ˜

Shadow on beach of Andy, Sherky and Bee
Sherky watching grass on which her and Bee’s shadows fall
Sherky & Bee’s shadow on beach in front of wooden sea defences
Sherky’s shadow with Bee & sea defence

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Aside

Poetry prompt for Carol anne from Bee, I smell summer…

So Bee has challenged me to write a poem using the prompt, I smell summer!

Hmmm can I do it?

I guess we’ll see! Here it is!

Lots of sunshine
Not a cloud in the sky
Long walks on the beach
Barbecuing food
Happy days out
Happy excited kids
On the beach
Collecting shells as we walk
Building sand castles
Seeing whose will fall down first
Picnics
Icecreams
This is my ideal summer
And
I smell summer coming!

I hope I did good! I tried! Its all the things I love about the summer time!
๐Ÿ˜€ โค

A short Introduction to Sea Glass and where to find it

If you follow this blog but also my social media you might have seen that my husband and I have discovered sea glass this year.

We used to collect it just because it is pretty. My husbands ex-partner is an artist and she asked us if we sell it. We looked at each other and said no and left it at that but got curious. Turns out many jewellery makers like to make pendants out of it. And many artists like to use it for mosaics for example. You know my/our precarious financial situation and so the best husband in the world decided to use his eBay shop to sell some of it. And he also got creative and created a couple of simple but beautiful sea glass pendants. We gave one to my step mum for mothers day and she really liked it. She was wondering what beautiful stone that was so I had to explain to her that it is not a stone.

But what is sea glass?

Well, sea glass in a way is what it says: it is glass that you find at the beach and it comes from the sea. There are tons of more or less ancient shipwrecks in the sea around our coasts. Many of those ships carried bottles, jars and glasses which of course broke when the ship went down.

We are not always aware of it but the sea has strong currents underwater and those currents move what is on the ground. If fossils or artefacts are close enough to the coast the tides will bring them to the beach. So if you are observant enough you will find a lot of interesting stuff on the beach.

Where to find sea glass?

You can find sea glass at any beach. However, there are beaches where you find a lot and there are beaches where you really have to look for it. At our usual beach, we can find at least one or two pieces a day. Sometimes we find a lot more. However, there are beaches full of sea glass and here are a couple of destinations:

Seaham, UK

Letโ€™s stay in the UK for now: Seaglass does not only occur when ships sink. In Seaham for example used to be a Victorian Glass factory which at the end of the day discarded all unused glass into the sea. It is THE destination in the UK if you are interested in sea glass. But if you are a movie fan you might like Seaham too: According to โ€œBeach Lustโ€ the town provided locations for Billy Elliot and Alien 3. While we usually find white, green and sometimes brown or dark blue sea glass there are more colours to be found at Seaham.

Fort Bragg California

photo credit: Buzzfarmers via Flickr. Description for visually impaired readers: close up of green, brown and white sea glass in between pebbles and sand. Background a little bit of dark blue sea to the right and a grey rock to the left. Top of picture is light blue sky.

There are other places which offer even more sea glass. If you visit McKerricher State Park in California close to Fort Bragg and make it to its secluded beach you can walk on sea glass. Yes, you can walk on the stuff. And guess what? The beach is called Glass Beach :-).

According to Wikipedia Fort Braggs, residents used three beaches as dump sites for their trash from 1906 until 1967. They did not only dump glass but also appliances and even cars. In 1967 the sites were closed and a cleaned up. But you can imagine that dumped glass from nearly 60 years gives a lot of sea glass! However, you are not allowed to collect it as it is part of the state park.

Ussuri Bay, Russia

The Soviet Union apparently used the same practice than the United States when it came to their waste. They just dumped it at the beach. For Ussuri Bay close to Vladivostok that is a plus now. Today its beach is covered in sea glass of many colours and has become a tourist attraction.

Goa Beaches, India

According to Maya Matthew from A Million Little Stitches, the beaches in Goa India, are full of sea glass too. The love for a beer at the beach and the custom to leave the bottle just there created and creates a colourful offering.

Have you ever found sea glass?

You can see there are many ways how sea glass is created. As far as I know the older the sea glass the thicker it is but I havenโ€™t researched fully why that is the case. That is the topic for another post. So here you have it: a short introduction to sea glass and where to find it.

Have you ever found tumbled glass at a beach?

And if you are a collector

what are your favourite beaches to find sea glass?

 

Resources:

Seaham Hall at Beachlust

7 Sea Glass Beaches in the US… on EliteDaily.com

Glass Beach Fort Bragg on Wikipedia

Sea Glass on the British Isles on Odysseyseaglass

Travel Sea Glass Beaches on India Today

History of Sea Glass on Wikipedia

How to tell the difference between real and fake sea glass on Bytheseajewelry.com

Quickentree74โ€™s eBay shop

My husband has an eBay shop with the above name for many years. He always needed a side income and sold Scalectrix cars and accessories. When we met, he started to buy interesting bulk buys of belts, scarves and other bits and bobs. My definite favourite is the fairtrade cat-ring-holders. They are just so cute.

This year, we discovered that there are many people and artists, who are interested in sea glass. So he started to also sell what we find at the beach. There are several lots of five sea glass pieces untouched, but he also sells drilled sea glass as well as sea glass pendants. And some of the fossils we find. But to be honest: itโ€™s hard to let them go so you just get some special ones that we love to share with our brilliant customers. Please have a look at our versatile eBay shop and โ€œwindow shopโ€ for garden statues, accessories, Scalectrix, sea glass and fossils. We are looking forward to welcoming you as customers at Quickentree74โ€™s eBay shop.

 

Discover โ€œSecretโ€ North Norfolk Beaches ~ Part I

When I was 5 years old, I saw the sea for the first time. It was in Germany. The Baltic sea at Timmendorfer Strand and I was hooked. I canโ€™t really remember what it was that made me fall in love with the sea so much but I think it’s because you can find stuff on the beach. The orange stuff: amber. And, of course, shells. All sorts of shells. A vast amount of shells and which child does not like to find a beautiful shell?

8 years later we were back and I still loved it. We also went to the North Sea which was even more impressive. There were more things that you could find on the beach: More and different shells, all sorts of rocks and the odd fossil too.

And I went back to the sea time and time again and in the end, I moved to the UK where the sea is never really far away. My husband and I found an affordable house just 5-10 minutes from a beautiful beach in the beautiful and quirky county of Norfolk. My husband grew up in Hertfordshire, and even though his family didnโ€™t need 7-8 hours to get to a sea beach, he feels the same like me: We are so, so grateful to be able to go to the beach whenever we want.

Description for visually impaired readers: View from clifftop over Trimmingham beach. At bottom left, there is a little grass. Behind you can see the sandy beach with a wooden sea defence coming in from the left. There is the bluish grey sea and white waves over which spans a deep blue sky and a couple of clouds. The sky becomes rather light blue or even white at the horizon.

Before we had Sherky, our rescue greyhound, we did go on a regular basis but definitely not every day. At least twice or three times a week, and we were happy to take pictures and pick up the odd fossil or rock. Even then we realised how much the UK shore and cliffs are impacted by the power of the sea and climate change. And what a treasure trove the North Norfolk coast is when it comes to belemnites, devilโ€™s toenails and even amber. The more often we walked at the beach, the more we got interested in what you can find. So much so, that my husband joined a Facebook group called North Norfolk Fossils.

The beach we usually go to is between Mundesley and Trimmingham and is one of the most beautiful and secret spots in North Norfolk. While the beaches at Cromer, Mundesley and Sea Palling are full of day tourists and holidaymakers who loudly enjoy themselves Trimmingham is rather quiet. There are no restaurants or ice cream vans and this year it doesn’t even have a volunteer coast guard present.

Description for visually impaired readers: The image shows the view out of our car. On the top left, you can see condensation of the window as well as blue sky and sunlight shining in the waterdrops. There is the sea in the middle in front of which there the shadow of a house and two poles. In the front, you see a field path leading down and a piece of the front of our red Discovery.

I love it when we turn into the little lane that leads down to the beach, which is easily missed, and ensures it stays a secret spot mostly only the locals know. And of course, those who stay at the campsites in close proximity. You drive down what looks like a field path and behind the campsite, the horizon and the sea open up to you.

It looks different every day: The sea has a different shade of blue or grey. The sky offers a different display of clouds every time and now in summer, it surprises us with the deepest blue you could ever have seen in a sky. Then you turn towards your left and you actually come down towards the beach and it takes your breath away: Impressive waves on stormy days or a vast band of white sand that might as well lay at the Mediterranean.

Description for visually impaired readers: The front of the picture shows the red hood of our discovery on the street down towards Trimmingham beach. On the right is short vegetation after which you can see a little of the sandy beach. Further up there is the bluish grey sea over which there is the sky with a similar colour but also some fluffy clouds.

There is a little car park because the beach is very popular with surfers, jet skiers and night fishermen which usually turn up at the weekends in summer. Mind you, the fishermen here are rather hardy and love the winter weather too. And we even saw the odd surfer in early spring when we still wore our thickest winter coats.

Since January, we go pretty much every day because we have been adopted by that beautiful and rather excitable greyhound. She loves to walk along the beach and we love to give her a run. Since then we have discovered sea glass and more and more fossils some of which we sell in my husbands eBay shop. Find out more at the end of the post.

An empty beach is the most beautiful and relaxing place on earth, in my opinion. We usually come rather early which means we have spotted deer who astonishingly manage to jump up the sandy cliffs. There are always some crows, pigeons and lots and lots of seagulls. And now in summer, you can encounter the odd seal. What an experience to see a baby seal โ€œhobbleโ€ towards the water and vanish under the waves.

Trimmingham beach is a geologically important site because you find the youngest chalk in the UK. There is a little chalk cliff to the right when you come down from the car park. You are not supposed to hammer the bedrock. However, we quite often think that there has been someone out there doing it anyway because what falls down from the chalk doesnโ€™t look like its broken off from the sea. But we might be wrong. But it certainly attracts many fossil hunters.

Description for visually impaired readers: A white stone on a light brown wooden surface. The stone has a fossil imprint on it which looks like a tree. It’s colour is darker grey.

It also seems that Trimmingham beach attracts teenagers and young adults who love to have a bbq or party at the beach. We often find the remnants of their enjoyment left laying around. If you follow my social media you might have heard me ranting ;-). There are, however, many locals who go on beach cleans on a regular basis that are lead by the Marine Conservation Society. We have also met some tourists who just picked up some plastic because they wanted to do their bit. Maybe not all is lost ;-).

I have planned to tell you more about โ€œsecretโ€ Norfolk beaches and our experiences at Trimmingham beach in the next couple of months. This is my way of saying โ€œThank You!โ€ to the universe who has blessed us with the experience of this beautiful beach. Even though its often not a good idea to share secret spots, I think my readers deserve to know more about this lovely piece of land.

Is there anything you want me to write about?

Feel free to let me know.

Resources:

Trimmingham on Wikipedia

7 Secret Beaches in Norfolk at the NorfolkMag

Coasting at Trimingham with InvisibleWorks

Trimmingham on UKFossils

Beach cleans with the Marine Conservation Society


My husband has an eBay shop with the above name for many years. He always needed a side income and sold Scalectrix cars and accessories. When we met, he started to buy interesting bulk buys of belts, scarves and other bits and bobs. My definite favourite is the fairtrade cat-ring-holders. They are just so cute.ย 

This year, we discovered that there are many people and artists, who are interested in sea glass. So he started to also sell what we find at the beach. There are several lots of five sea glass pieces untouched, but he also sells drilled sea glass as well as sea glass pendants. And some of the fossils we find. But to be honest: itโ€™s hard to let them go so you just get some special ones that we love to share with our brilliant customers. Please have a look at our versatile eBay shop and โ€œwindow shopโ€ for garden statues, accessories, Scalectrix, sea glass and fossils. We are looking forward to welcoming you as customers at Quickentree74’s eBay shop.

Dear holidaymakers at the North Norfolk coast. Our beaches are not static. The level of sand rises and falls continuously. So even if you bury your disposable bbq’s they will be washed up eventually. You heard about litter in the sea and sea life being affected? That’s where it comes from. And yes even your one thing makes a difference. Because a thousand other ppl think like you and it adds up. So from now on pick your rubbish up and put it in a bin. And if the bin is full leave it in front of the bin. The bin men and women will pick it up. Help keep the environment clean. It’s not that difficult!