Blackhall Haul

I’ve been scavenging again for post-apocalyptic armour. Blackhall Coliery beach just keeps on giving. The tide was out this time, so we got further south than we’ve been able to before. It was spectacular! Massive caves and cliffs of jagged, Jurassic rocks. I’ve never seen anything like it.

Scavenging wise, it’s better heading north along the tideline. There’s an amazing amount of bits, some portable, others not so much. Taking it away to reuse feels very environmentally friendly, cleaning the beach and reusing rubbish.

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This is is from a couple of hours wandering, whichever included stopping for a picnic and having a swim. Kiki helped sort it out, of course! I like the big chunky bits of rubber and fabric for armour, but we did find a few interesting little pieces too.

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I love this piece of steel rope. It’s worn down, eroded till its smooth and satin-like.  I’d like to make it into a bracelet, but I’m worried it will untwist if I try to bend it. We’ll see how brave I am.

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This is one was a bit heavy to lug home, but I do like it. No idea what it is or what I’ll do with it yet.

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I love the lace-like pattern on this piece of corroded metal.

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This is was tucked inside a rubber casing, it’s been some sort of beefy cable I think. It’s only 1.5″ or so.

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As much as I like the idea of leaving this to weather for another couple of years, I couldn’t risk never seeing it again.

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There’s always a couple of dead things at Blackhall, usually the dogs find them before I do though. This birdie skull I managed to grab while Poppy was busy with a rotting seagull. I’m not usually squeamish about bones or ought, but cleaning the eyeballs out of this one made my stomach flip a little. Some of his feathers came off in the wash, he was quite gooey so I wanted to be sure he had no critters living on him, but he’s still got a bit of a ‘do’.

Good haul! I’ve got more than enough to make some arms to go with my scavenged waistcoat. Might have to make a war skirt too!

 

 

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