Tony shows me a golf ball found at Long Beach

Found objects

It’s every child’s dream to find treasure, and this wish isn’t something I’ve grown out of. Movies like Fool’s Gold, Into the Blue and the rest of that genre tend to encourage me in my belief that given the right circumstances, the right setting and a bit of luck, I’ll find something really awesome.

That said, the wrong setting and a sharp eye have led to one or two interesting finds for us in Cape Town. Tony found a Blackberry at Long Beach some time ago, looking perfectly functional until he turned it over and saw that the back was open and (unsurprisingly) completely corroded. In late January he found this poor little camera…

Long Beach camera find
Long Beach camera find

We were both geared up to do some detective work and find the owner based on the faces in the photographs, but although both our computers recognised the presence of the camera’s memory card when we put it into our card readers, the (clearly lengthy) immersion in salt water had made it unreadable. I have confidence, however, that Angela from Bones would be able to work some magic with it.

I was thrilled (OK, not so much) to find an item for Tony’s winter wardrobe the other day in the shallows.

Stripy sock at Long Beach
Stripy sock at Long Beach

The other thing we find a lot of at Long Beach is golf balls. We are planning to open a driving range when we both get too old to dive!

Tony shows me a golf ball found at Long Beach
Tony shows me a golf ball found at Long Beach

The recent extreme winds – several months of gale-force southeasters – have changed the topography of some of our favourite shore entries.  Tony found enough crockery to put together a tea set (with the aid of some superglue) one morning near Simon’s Town, and the following weekend I picked up handfuls of smoothed glass chips – my favourite thing that the ocean spits up.

We’re not quite sure what’s modern (except in some cases where the crockery is clearly machine-made) and what’s not, but Tony has been reading about different types of glass and manufacturing techniques so we can make some fairly reasonable guesses. I’ll do a separate post about our crockery hoard!

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Clare

Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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