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Then there’s the heavy stuff…

Just as I was singing the praise of glorious spring; a full size storm hit the island turning the sea inside out for about three days. Winds bring in plenty of dust and sand – possibly the late April Coptic Storm – and wild, wild surf.

sea storm

When describing the army boxes discovered a few weeks ago – I managed to touch upon the strange sensation that arises when something large, potentially dangerous, is being hauled out of the sea. I’ve found oil drums, EUR pallets, garden furniture and a tractor tire that all made me marvel and fume at the sea’s ability to contain, and man’s ability to be an utterly useless consumer-monster.

But this storm brought in the biggest, most mind boggling object to date: A full size freezer! Plonked right in the middle of Happy Beach by the strong fists of the sea.

These storms never last for long, and there is nothing else to do but pull out the bags and start the collection all over. This time I’ll need a little help with the big stuff…

building block

Collection includes:

2 vegetable crates
2 light strips
1 flipper
1 shoe
2 lighters
23 fragments of plastic bags
17 plastic bottles
bottle tops
plastic fragments
Piles of styrofoam
Bubble warp
a balloon
2 packets of crackers (Turkish, unopened)

kraker

10 straws
5 soda cans
1/2 EUR palet

EUR palet blue

1 building block
rope
3 smartie lids
1 green toy tractor (broken)
1 syringe
1 green spade
2 tubes of skin lotion
2 medical bottles, glass
1 industrial size freezer

freezer

New life and old plastic…

It’s a joy to revisit the coves and rocks, pools and dunes of Happy Beach after a long summer up north. In my absence the beach has been cared for by our kind housesitter, who discovered a struggling hatchling from one of the turtle nests. He cleaned her up, and helped her take her first little strokes in the welcoming sea.

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photos courtesy of Leif Weston Andersen

Over the last couple of weeks a fair amount of debris has been washed ashore due to turbulent waters as the island approaches Autumn. Collection of the day included:

1 EUR Palet
1 plastic bag
1 saw (claimed)

Saw

13 bottle tops
5 aluminium cans
2 plastic cups
1 hoody
1 hypodermic needle
Assorted plastic

colours

Styrofoam bits
1 bottle of bleach – empty 😦
1 bottle of dish soap – 1/5 remains
1 lighter
4 fishing floats
Big piece of blue plastic
1 metal bottle top
4 bits of pipe (black and white)
Odd lid-thingy with dots
3 plastic bottles
2 broken bits of Lego
1 E

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A total of: 6.5kg lifted from Happy Beach today.

You never know what you might find..

Calm has settled on Happy Beach with the arrival of the full moon. Beautiful sun and lazy waves kiss her shores. New arrivals of debris also are manageable, yet always seem to include a fair amount of plastic bottles. As the winds have died down I was able to address the nurdle problem further along the seaside. Filtering the organic matter from these tiny beads of plastic requires huge amounts of patience and a good sieve (on my wish list!)… Then this arrived…

palet and molly

* 1 EUR Pallet
* 8 plastic bottles
* 1 bag of plastic, styrofoam & aluminium – bag found on the beach
* 2 mini cars
* Yoghurt tub full of nurdles and tiny bits of plastic
* 2 buckshot

full moon