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A trip to Suffolk would not be complete these days without a visit to Southwold Pier and a nice comb along the beach. As I’ve said before, the massive loss of coastline north of Southwold makes the beach a wonderful spot for sea glass and other bits and pieces. We went on my birthday (Christmas Eve) and although it was bitterly cold and the tide was coming in, I still managed a bit of a trawl through the shingle and came away happy with these little beauties.

Beachcombing Southwold 12.13 a

I can’t resist a nice ring pull and my husband spotted the wonderfully soft, fuzzy piece of pottery. But this was the prize, the bottom of a slender glass bottle.

Beachcombing Southwold 12.13 b

I’m sure, looking at the diameter and also that the glass rises straight from the base, that it’s old. It certainly looks like some bottles I have from Victorian dumps.  Southwold never disappoints!

On Boxing Day we took my youngest for a run on Gorleston beach. Gorleston is just south of Great Yarmouth and a real hidden gem. The beach is wide, flat and sandy with ridges of shingle and proved to be another excellent sea glass hunting ground!

Gorleston Beach sea glass 1

(I put the ring pull in to show sizes.) Some lovely little nuggets there and a couple of less weathered pieces including the bottle neck which I took off the beach for safety.  A lot of dogs and children use the beach so I wasn’t going to leave sharp glass around.

I particularly like the pale lime green and the aqua pieces.

Gorleston Beach sea glass 2

Now all I need is the time to do something with them!

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We spent the Bank Holiday with my parents in East Suffolk and one day we took the girls down the coast to the little town of Southwold to visit Southwold Pier. It’s gorgeous to visit –  fabulous places to eat, quirky things to see and buy and best of all, great beachcombing!

The soft East Anglian coast between Southwold and Lowestoft to the north is eroding rapidly and the debris of roads, houses etc that have fallen into the sea inevitably wash up further down the coast. My 14yr old picked up an interesting piece of what looked like conglomerate which actually turned out to be an unmistakeable lump of tarmac!

I’ve had some of my best sea glass finds from this beach, including a glass Victorian bottle stopper on New Year’s Day and even though our visit was cut short as  it was raining and bitterly cold, I still managed to come home with my usual pocketful, including that amazing chunk of Victorian dinner plate rim!

I love the range of shades you get with the glass – I can find a dozen pieces in shades of aqua and turquoise and none of them be an exact match. The tiny shard of pottery with a faint blue and white remainder of its original bright pattern is a delight too.

As so much building material has fallen into the sea, a lot of brick, drainage pipe and tile fragments of varying sizes can also be found on the beach. I’ve been toying for some time with the idea of taking some of the white tile fragments and using a fine nibbed pen to draw on the surface.

I just happened to have one in my bag, so…

There was a faint layer of glaze still on the surface of this piece of tile so not all of the ink penetrated the ceramic and it’s more grey than black, but I like the  concept.

I’m planning to stick it onto a piece of black fabric (possibly the watermarked taffeta I photographed it on, or possibly some black silk matka) and mount it to make an unusual card.

I did manage to get a fair amount of sewing done as well that weekend – more of that later!

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