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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Shore Day

I mentioned I went to the shore to collect sea glass.  I have a dear friend who keeps sending me photos of his weekly sea glass hauls and told me to get my butt down there (over there, really) before the tourists come.  There is not a place on Earth I cannot stand more than the shore in Summer so I jumped at the invitation to go off-season.  I had no intention of collecting rocks.  And I didn't want too many shells either...I have enough.  I was in the hunt for sea glass.  Seeing really cool pieces all over his house, I knew I would find more than I could hope for!  Alas, the sea was not cooperating with me (or maybe it was my eyes, because he came home with some crazy cool pieces of glass!!!  a clear half-circle with a carved sunburst was his SuperBig find of the day...it would have made an awesome necklace if I could have gotten him to part with it).  Here is my sea glass haul.
 Yep, that tiny collection on the bottom. I did find that really cool white porcelain square on the right.  I had plans for that the second I saw it.  I don't know if my eyes were not finding it or if the sea was not giving it up to me.  OR if it was Fate that decided sea glass might not be my bottom line.  Who am I to question Fate?

I found 5 of these beauties.  My friend was impressed :-)  By the time I made it home to show my family, two of them had turned to dust.  C'est La Vie!

If they were not so fragile, these Sand Dollars would make beautiful jewelry.  But I guess it is good for me to take things as they are and not turn Everything into something to wear on the body.







This is my total haul.  Plenty of Shells.  Mostly Rocks.  A pocket size amount of Sea Glass. 5 (or 3) Sand Dollars.   A few cool pieces of Driftwood.  And a rusty washer.  I wonder if I am really meant to be with just the Rocks.  Or maybe I need to just not think about it and just use what comes my way.  I had my heart set on Sea Glass when I left my house and drove down to the shore.  But I came home with some really beautiful bits and pieces, so No Disappointment Here.


I was at Monmouth Beach NJ.  We took a few loops though Sea Bright.  Sandy Hook is still closed from Hurricane Sandy.   Sea Bright has 20 or so businesses boarded up, with maybe 2 that look like they are in the process of rebuilding.  Monmouth Beach was hit hard too.  Countless homes in the area sit vacant and boarded up.  It made it difficult to completely relax and wander the beach on that beautiful sunny Sunday, knowing there was so much devastation just up the beach, on Ocean Avenue and beyond. 


11 comments:

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Wow, awesome haul! I love sea glass; I always have romantic ideas about where it's been lol! Can't wait to see what you do with these :)

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

Oh nice haul Christine! Wish I could find sea glass at the beach in BC but alas, I never do... just shells and sand dollars. I can imagine the wonderful creations you will make with these.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Lots of fun stuff there, Christine! I still mourn over the loss of my big jar of sea glass. I brought it with me when I moved from the east coast to California (most gathered from Lake Erie as a kid) and somewhere in one of my many moves it got lost. I remember it here in this house, too!

windrock studio said...

It already looks like a piece of art work the way you have it arranged ~ all so lovely!
I've never been to the beaches you mention ... Florida girl here, but I'm sure it's still sad for the folks in the area.

Introverted Art said...

oh my goodness look at all the amazing beauties you have found!

AntiquityTravelers said...

what a haul! you are destined to created beautiful rocks my friend :) what you do with rocks is an art form in itself ... embrace it! I can not wait to see what you do with all this treasure! especially the drift wood?! now I'm thinking about CraftyHope's piece?

Therese's Treasures said...

Oh Wow Christine that is still quite a hull even though you did not come back with a lot of sea glass. Those sand dollars are a rare find you were luck to have found those, or at least they are in my part of the States, you can use them in jewelry you just have to coat them in poly before you can use them.
Therese

Miss Val's Creations said...

Total score Christine! You found some amazing pieces to work with. I am curious to see what you may do with the driftwood! I hope the shore towns are able to rebuild along NJ. It was sad seeing how much devastation occurred.

Copper Diem said...

I love sea glass! those are great!

Gloria said...

Those little green pieces are pretty. Fresh air, time with a friend- a great day. ♥

Patti Van said...

I think you have an amazing haul here! And, from what I have seen (first hand!), you have a way with rocks my friend!

I cannot imagine the devastation you saw. I remember in the early 1990's, I flew to Miami with my then-husband on business and we drove thru the devastation at Homestead AFB (Hurricane Andrew) - It was 20 years ago, but the pictures in my mind are forever engraved - total devastation and I was, and still am, at a loss for words.

In the late 1980's, I lived in Seattle and paid a visit to Mt. St. Helen's - she blew her top off only a year or two prior to my visit. Half the mountain was green and beautiful, while the other half was totally barren - ash was still visible every where I looked.

Mother Nature can be cruel....