Friday, January 6, 2012

A Visit to Glass Beach!

Today all my wildest dreams came true.  Well, at least one of them.  We took a little vacation to the Island over the past few days to celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary, which was wonderful.  While we were there, I remembered that the was a glass beach somewhere on the Island.  Lo and behold, it was only about twenty kilometres away from where we were staying.  We made plans to stop at the beach on the way back to the ferry on our way home.  We didn't get very much time to explore when we stopped - a combination of a cranky baby, needing to catch the ferry, and only finding parking that allowed for fifteen minutes.  Nevertheless, the experience did not disappoint.  I found plenty of interesting pieces of glass in a variety of colours, and even time-worn broken pieces of pottery and white milk-glass.  My time was so short there, I rather frenetically switched back and forth between stuffing my jacket pockets full of wet, sandy pieces of glass, and trying to snap up some pictures.  I can't wait to go back again some day, this time armed with plenty of time, some containers for collecting glass, and better photography skills.  Perhaps this summer?
Did I mention in a previous post that glass beaches are a result of former garbage dumps along the beach? People used to toss garbage into the ocean, including all sorts of glass containers.  Decades later, it has left pockets of beaches full of worn glass.  Beauty created from garbage.

Our house finally sold!  The subjects were removed the day before Christmas Eve, so it was a timely Christmas gift of relief that we didn't buy a lemon of a house after all.  I was beginning to wonder.  The price we got for the house was not so much of a gift, but that's just the way the economy is right now.  Now it's time to finish the daunting task of packing everything up and putting it into storage until we find a new home in which to live.

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