If you know me, you'll know that I'm a bit of a pack rat. I usually come home from the beach with pockets full of beach glass, shells, and nice smooth stones that feel good in your hand. I have jars and bowls of beach glass and things like this:
See? I'm a pack rat. (I'll apologize to my children now, while I'm still lucid, for what they'll have to deal with when I'm a crazy cat lady.)
The work of artists that use found "ephemera" has always caught my eye and these two blogger/artists in particular — A Collection A Day and Quercus Design — have great collections to peruse.
I'm no artist, photographer or designer, but I am a writer. And I like local history and I live near the beach. So I thought I'd take all that inspiration and mix it up every once in awhile. I'll take a wander down to one of the local beaches to see what the tide might have uncovered.
So here's my first instalment. I've been working on a walking tour of downtown Tofino, so I went to where it all began about 110 years ago. These bits and bobs are from the beach front in the harbour. Of course it's very hard to tell the era for most of these things, but it's fun to think that they might have come from some of the town's earliest residents.
I also came across this little hideaway, which would be a really nice place to spend some quiet hours, tucked out of sight.