It’s no secret that I adore the Northumberland Coast (and the sea, I guess my blog theme is a dead giveaway) and our recent stay at Druridge Bay was pretty much the perfect first family holiday for three outdoorsy people. I was hoping that we’d be lucky in our beachcombing efforts as my Joss is definitely her mother’s daughter for picking up and collecting treasures. I had no idea that we’d come home with such an amazing haul of beachcombing finds from Northumberland though!
Inspired by Manneskjur’s recent post introducing Folklings I felt I simply had to curate our finds from our four days on the beach into something that captured their natural beauty.
My top six tips for serious beachcombers would be:
- Go early in the day to see the beach undisturbed and pick up the best finds
- Be alive to the fact that the beach is an eco-system, respect it and don’t disturb natural habitats
- Take only what you will treasure and use (we plan to make a mobile for Joss’ room with our finds)
- The best finds often wash up after a stormy night, I was disappointed to see rain on day 3 of our holiday but we gathered some gorgeous big clam shells later that day
- Take a mesh bag so you can rinse your finds gently in the sea and carry them home
- Find out more when you get home. Joss was so interested in the shells but I didn’t know the names for all of them, did you know for example that the holes in slipper shells are caused by sea snails burrowing in?!