Just a quick post with little to no background information, words, etc. A nice break for you all!
Here's the latest shot of our Flotsam Army defending the beginnings of a pretty decent castle set-up.
We must highlight something unique from the above group.
What else is neat and yet somewhat sad about this find?
It is neat because.... Well, those are turtle bite marks. It is sad because... if we don't fool
ourselves into thinking he was just trying to shake the Magic 8 and ask it a question, we face the reality that he was most likely trying to eat it and could have been killed as a result.
Something else in our flotsam collection that has taken on a life of its own is our barrette collection.
The colorful collage has grown to over an inch in depth. One day we will lay them all out for you but for now suffice it to say that we have a lot of flowers, ribbons, bears and hearts. But we also have some cherries, a Mickey Mouse (represent!), snails, a crab, a chicken (or two), lots of love for jesus and a ridiculous amount of hands and feet (???).
The neatest thing about flotsam is also the neatest thing about all drift items... aging or decomposition as a result of being continuously exposed to the elements.
There are some neat finds coming out of the ocean but this last one certainly takes the cake in the unique category.
One day, Nicole was walking along picking up actual 'trash' (for the garbage) when she stumbled upon this box.
But this was obviously a box. One that had been at sea a very long time and could not easily be opened. There was also something else.... when she shook it, she could hear something inside that had survived the journey.
More investigation was definitely required! This one wound up in the 'take home' bag.
Not knowing exactly what it was, Nicole took a delicate approach to opening it up. At one point she could just barely peer through a quarter inch gap to see something beige that looked to be sculpted. And there were TWO not just one!
The excitement grew although she tried to remain patient in her opening as to not damage anything of potential value.
When she finally got the box open, Nicole's building excitement exploded into uncontrollable laughter. Of all of the dreams she had about what could be inside...
Never in her wildest did these ever come to mind!
For those of you interested, Nicole did try to track down the original owner. However, the original company has been sold twice and the current company says that the records are long gone. Ah well, it would have been cool to find out from whence they floated and how long they have been at sea but for now we'll just have to settle for satisfaction in the uniqueness of the find.
Until the next incoming tide...