Beach finds 11, 08-11-19

Visited Durgan Beach and Grebe Beach, then Trebah Garden – which includes Trebah Beach – on the east shores of the Helford River.

Durgan Beach, Grebe Beach, and Trebah Beach. 8th November 2019.

1 king scallop (Pecten maximus) shell pair, which were found attached, but became unattached when the remanants of their previous occupant were removed. Apart from needing emptying and cleaning, it’s a perfect pair, inside and out – no holes or keel worm deposits. Grebe Beach.

1 rayed artemis (Dosinia exoleta) shell pair, attached. Trebah Beach.

3 common periwinkles (Littorina littorea). Grebe and Durgan beaches.

5 netted dog whelks (Tritia reticulata). Grebe and Durgan beaches.

21 flat periwinkles (Littorina obtustata). Beautiful range of colours! Mostly from Durgan Beach.

1 spotted cowrie (Trivia monacha). Durgan Beach.

2 grooved top shells (Jujubinus striatus). Durgan Beach.

4 grey top shells (Gibbula cineraria). Grebe and Durgan beaches.

3 flat top shells (Gibbula umbilicaulis). Grebe and Durgan beaches.

1 thick top shell (Phorcus lineatus). Durgan Beach.

11 turban top shells (Gibbula magus). Trebah Beach.

2 weathered scallop fragments. Trebah Beach.

17 pieces of sea glass, collected from all three beaches.

5 pieces of ceramic… the small one could be melamine though. One is stoneware, and the other three are… white – porcelain/china/clay? Also from all three beaches. I mentioned before not finding any so far between Penzance and Marazion, and the two with detailled decorations are the first ‘good’ (imo) sea pottery pieces I’ve found since I started beachcombing in Cornwall.

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Caught up! Yay. Except there isn’t an end to beach excursions and hauls. But from now on they’ll only be weekly.

Trebah’s a lovely garden, great for gunneras and hydrangeas, but until I’ve caught up with transferring photos to Tumblr, I don’t want to write any more long posts – as it is I’m having to update the urls of existing entries.

Trebah Garden. 8th November 2019.

Beach finds 10, 05-11-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 5th November 2019.

1 slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata).

1 banded wedge shell (Donax vittatus) pair, attached.

1 rayed trough shell (Mactra stultorum) pair, attached.

2 thick top shells (Phorcus lineatus).

3 flat top shells (Gibbula umbilicaulis).

7 grey top shells (Gibbula cineraria).

The difference between those two Gibbula species is apparent in these examples, and I’m finding it a lot easier to tell now, although since they’re both abundant, I have enough, but may still collect those of unusual size or markings in future.

1 netted dog whelk (Tritia reticulata) shell.

5 flat periwinkle (Littorina obtustata) shells.

5 common periwinkle (Littorina littorea) shells.

1 weathered bivalve fragment.

1 weathered ceramic fragment, white with 2 or 3 ridges across one side.

2 more of the usual pale blue ceramic fragments.

93 pieces of glass, and somehow not a single brown – not that it’s that common anyway. Plenty of large pieces though, notably the huge seafoam green one at the top.

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Concluded my first week of eBay sales since moving. Back in business. 📦

Beach finds 9, 02-11-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 2nd November 2019.

There are a lot of limpets all along that coast, they’re the most common shell by far, however the one I collected seems different, and I think that’s because it’s a black-footed limpet (Patella depressa) rather than the common limpet (P. vulgata); the location fits with its distribution.

So, 1 black-footed limpet shell (Patella depressa).

1 banded wedge shell (Donax vittatus) pair, attached.

3 top shells, I think they’re all grey top shells (Gibbula cineraria).

2 small weathered scallop fragments.

1 large ceramic fragment from the bottom edge of a round container. Plain but clear glazed on the inside and outside, and nicely weathered.

1 small ceramic fragment, painted red and orange on white.

1 piece of… something, either ceramic or opaque glass… maybe (lime green) coloured modelling clay? It has a neat hole through it so it could have once been a bead. And may become a bead again. 📿 

2 more pieces of the usual pale blue (well, a range of different pale blues) ceramic, and one of them has a man-made ridge on one side.

124 pieces of glass, including another cornflower blue! And some nice olives.

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Nearly caught up – 2 more beach days left… and then there will be more but not every day, and perhaps with some horticulture inbetween!

Beach finds 8, 31-10-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 31st October 2019.

1 part of a doorknob? Or other brass object.

1 OLFA pocket knife, fully working, with a sharp blade. The plastic is clearly worn by the waves though, and the lettering would once have been gold.

1 driftbrush. A brush which has been worn smooth, and all the bristles are still there, just functioning as a pattern now.

1 venus clam (Chamelea gallina) shell pair, and 1 smaller half.

1 rayed trough shell (Mactra stultorum) half.

1 common cockle (Cerastoderma edule) half.

3 top shells, I think they’re all grey top shells (Gibbula cineraria), but the white one might be a flat top shell (G. umbicularis).

3 pieces of weathered bivalve shell.

1… piece of something – white-to-red gradient with white bumps of uneven size. I thought it might be ceramic at first but it’s probably part of a crustacean exoskeleton.

192 pieces of glass, including a gorgeous range of blues.

Possibly best haul so far (including the few still left to post).

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Looking into the knife further, I found out that the design was patented in 1979, and it’s this early model:

A dodgy translation classic! (hence the old watermark which is on all instances of this image)

It’s lived up to the claim of ‘rustproof’.

Beach finds 7, 28-10-19

Not all beach finds, this is instead the collection from the day’s exploring.

St Ives Bay: Hayle to Godrevy and back again. 28th October 2019.

From the 3 mile long almost entirely sandy beach:

5 weathered shell fragments from dog cockles (Glycymeris glycymeris), and one from some other bivalve.

1 striped venus clam (Chamelea gallina) (half) shell.

6 pieces of glass, nowhere near as good quality as what can be found between Penzance and Marazion, but frosted and without imperfections.

From Carnsew Pool, a tidal pool in the Hayle estuary:

7 common cockle (Cerastoderma edule) (half) shells. There were dozens there so I selected a range of forms, and now certainly have enough of this species now so unless I find a whole one, I won’t collect any more in future.

From Hayle town, growing in a roadside green next to Copperhouse Pool: three Furcraea parmentieri seed pods, two of which I sowed the seeds from, and the other one remains closed until spring. No germination yet but it’s only been a week.

Beach finds 6, 27-10-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 27th October 2019.

A heart-shaped part of a crab shell, possibly a European green crab (Carcinus maenas), which is very delicate so it’s gone straight into the display cabinet instead of into a jar with that day’s finds.

2 flat periwinkle shells (Littorina obtusata).

1 grey top shell (Steromphala cineraria).

6 weathered scallop fragments.

3 ceramic pieces, nothing very decorated, but pleasing nonetheless.

1 possibly opaque glass? Pretty colour (it’s the blue/turquoise one).

and 135 pieces of glass, including an unusual yellow colour (top left), and possibly the largest piece of cobalt so far.

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Over half way through catching up with these. Although I have beach walks scheduled for Friday and Monday so…

This is much more fun than moving photos across to Tumblr, which is still a thing that’s happening and there are 4 months of life left to reupload.

Beach finds 5, 13-10-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 13th October 2019.

1 half (valve) of a rayed trough shell (Mactra stultorum).

4 top shells (Gibbula sp.).

1 weathered bivalve fragment – cockle or scallop probably.

1 piece of the pale blue ceramic that has become a regular find along the Mount’s Bay walk, and 1 piece of white ceramic with one rib which I imagine went around a container horizontally if that’s what it was.

101 pieces of glass – much more brown than usual this time, and larger pieces than usual. And one grain of electric blue.

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