You've likely heard of Bigfoot, but have you ever heard of Littlefoot? Pictured are two specimen that I gathered from the Chesapeake Bay. I am told (by the figments of my imagination) that these are authentic glass castings of a hand print and a foot print from the creature known as Littlefoot. Littlefoot has never been as well-known as his supersized cousin, but he prefers it that way. You see, Littlefoot is deeply spiritual and focuses on his soul more than his ego. Infact, his motto is: "Starve the ego feed the soul." He enjoys nature. He performs random acts of kindness, expecting nothing in return. He meditates regularly. He forgives easily. He focuses on gratitude. His favorite exercises are yoga and jumping jacks. He eats a simple diet of nuts, berries, and an occasional earthworm. Basically, he's almost a regular kind of guy...only he's little. If you see him, please don't be afraid. He is a benevolent and peaceful soul. Unless you're an earthworm, then he might consider you a midnight snack.
Thanks to a tip from @robarpark I was able to find that this WAS indeed a teething toy! And amazingly it seems to be from the from the same early 50s “Hilary Page Sensible Toys” range that my recently found toy beaker was! (Scroll to see the beaker too.) Thanks @robarpark!
It seems like we were just waiting for fall and now...it’s almost winter. ⛄️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There’s something super weird to me about finding autumn leaves on the beach- we live an entirely wooded area, but its still jarring to me to find remnants of fall in a place my brain has specifically reserved for summer. Is that just me? 😅
⚠️ Found in the Thames mud! Looks like the Jaw of a horse that maybe once pulled a cart around London before cars filled the streets. Teeth are still attached although worn down probably due to a mixture of erosion and eating hay!
I’m still not feeling very well but on my way to the grocery store to replenish our cupboards I made a split second decision to stop at the beach and have a short walk. It was high tide and the waves were crazy but I still found a few interesting bits and pieces! The green button is glass. The pink hoop seems to be Bakelite. Also found a couple glass beads and a couple marbles too ❤️.
What is a Mudlark? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The term was originally used to describe those who scavenged the River Thames mud in search of valuable items to sell. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This was popular in London during the 18th and 19th centuries where ‘Mudlark’ could be used as an occupational title. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In modern times, a Mudlark is an individual that searches the foreshore for historic artefacts. Foreshore finds will be posted along with other interesting facts about the history of London and the Thames.
FINDING SALT CRYSTALS
Going to the beach always recharges our batteries especially after busy days at school. We are always on the look out for new things to see and today we marvelled at finding salt crystals on the rocks. In all the times we have been to the beach this is the first time we have ever seen so much salt on the rocks.
What helps to make you breathe easier after a busy day?
Some beach and bank collectors may be familiar with finding pieces of turtle shell, but how many of you have come across giant tortoise shell?? 😱🤩😍 If you are participating in our Fossil Photo Challenge, it would be easy to submit this neural bone in the “Largest Fossil” category. A normal Trachemys scripta neural bone is only a couple centimeters long. A far cry from the 15+ centimeter length of this Hesperotestudo crassiscutata neural!! Truly a giant from the Ice Age!⠀
Want to win a large fossil? Enter our Fossil Photo Challenge! More info can be found under the blue posts on our wall.