The beauty of mudlarking is that you never know what you will find, but you know that you WILL always find something, even if it is a single beautiful piece of pottery with a pretty design on it. With mudlarking (searching for pieces of history along the banks of the River Thames), you are generally searching for older pieces of our past - clay pipes, coins, bullets... evidence of the lives of people from the London of the past - long gone. Tangible pieces of lives from sometimes hundreds of years ago. Today we did find some super pieces of history, but the River Thames does not only hold the secrets of olden times. Within its currents, there are many fragments of modern day lives too, and it is these modern mysteries that I would like to focus on.
Today the River Thames gave me three mysteries to ponder on. I wonder if you might be able to help me solve them.
Ok, here goes. Mystery number one is a message in a bottle that was sitting there alone on the foreshore ( I have to admit, the last thing I was expecting to find today). It was in a small bottle, with tape sealing the lid, so obviously the person who wrote it wanted to make sure it stayed waterproof.
modern mystery number two
This bottle, (and photograph) holds a lot of happy memories, and for some reason it was let go into the River. The River Thames holds so many mysteries from both our recent past and from times gone by..... Keeper of secrets and inspiration for our imagination.
modern mystery number three
― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha