I can't help it! Another rock comes home with me. A smooth and tactile piece of Frosterley Marble from the beautiful Northumberland Coast of North East England.
Frosterley Marble is a black limestone containing fossil corals of the Carboniferous Period, some 325 million years ago.
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The strandline is the area at the top of a beach where debris is deposited on the ebb of the tide. Anything washing onto the shore, whether natural or manmade may be cast up by the waves and left there. On tidal beaches the strandline moves back and forth with the twice-monthly cycle of spring and neap tides. The debris is chiefly composed of stranded seaweed, but can also include litter, either from ships at sea, or sources ashore. The beach at the strandline may consist of rocks, sand, gravel, shingle, pebbles or cobblestones or a mixture of these materials. It may be sandy, muddy, stony and again, often a mix of these.Edit Page Content:Edit Page Content:
Found! The tide had just turned when I arrived at the beach and although the wind was blowing it wasn't uncomfortable. I headed south and found a few pieces of driftwood, but no sea glass so I decided to head home. On reaching the place where I leave the beach I decided to head north and I'm so pleased I did. This is what I found - a piece of green glass with lettering. I've done a bit of research and found out that it's part of a bottle from T. Binks, Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth. Thomas Binks 1840-1914. I'll update when I've got some more details.
The tide was coming in, the wind was howling and then it started to rain! I should have known it wasn't a beachcombing day. Found a few pieces of glass, not good enough for jewellery though, a few rocks, shells and a piece of pottery. The pottery is a piece of a handle from a round vessel and the vessel that immiediately sprang to mind is a chamber pot.
Beach finds this morning include, a whole razor clam shell, sea glass bottle bottom, beach pottery and a starfish. The bottle bottom has the initials JC in raised lettering, so off to do some research to find out a bit more about it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Beach finds this morning. Not much sea glass, but quite an interesting assortment of objects, shells, beach pottery, pebbles and one holey stone.
Bonfire glass is molten, free-form glass shards that often have specks of ash or sand embedded in it. Beach bonfires, building fires and controlled landfill burns may all produce bonfire glass.
I found this excellent piece of jade green bonfire glass on Warkworth Beach.
Found this wonderful piece of pottery on my local beach!
There is a line in James Joyce, Ulysses
"What is a home without Plumtree's Potted Meat? Incomplete"
G.W. Plumtree Ltd
Home Potted Meats
13 Railway St
Fabulous, if not chilly, morning walk along the beach!
Sea glass is glass which was once in the form of bottles, jars and other objects. During the passage of many years in the sea the glass takes on new forms, forms of beauty that belie their prosaic origin. After decades or more in the sea these pieces wash up on the strandline, recycled to be the basis of beautiful jewellery, smoothed, shaped and frosted.
The journey the glass has undertaken is one of history and mystery. What was it originally? When was it made? How far has it travelled? How long has it been in the sea?
As glass is being replaced by more plastic, sea glass is becoming a diminishing source.
Sea glass quality varies from piece to piece
Frostiness of surface
Shape and size
Aaaaw! Tired eyes! I've een tidying thestrandline website all day getting things sorted for CRAFTfest - hope I don't sleep through it :)
CRAFTfest is just a week away 24th November - 1st December and I'm working feverishly to get my stall ready.
I found some great Christmas gift ideas on the stall holders websites and have bought some stuff already - yey!
Good luck everyone. I'll be promoting some of the stalls on here soon so keep checking back :)
Thank you so much for your post! I see what you mean about photos, etc. and will hopefully be adding some in the near future, so keep checking back :)