I spotted this next message in a bottle floating tantalisingly in the river as we walked towards the millenium dome from Greenwich. There it was, floating completely out of reach (can you spot it in the picture?). There was no way we could walk past without trying our best to retrieve it and so we fashioned several rather odd fishing implements out of sticks, wire, plastic bags and old buckets. We then nonchalantly tried to pluck it out as passers by looked on as if we were a little odd. The bottle went round in a huge circle with the current and frustratingly would not comply with our efforts to get it out of the water. By now, we had lost the home made fishing rod (it fell in the water). So.... there was nothing for it, but to wait for the tide to go out. I then shimmied down the ladder to the shoreline (hoping that this was going to be worth the effort!). David then did the honours of retrieving the note from the bottle (Which also had a little white feather in it).David retrieving the message - note parts of the bottle fishing equipment in the background (which did not work by the way!).
There is always a certain sense of trepidation when you open a note to read its content, particularly when you have risked life and limb to get it out of the river...
So this was a a very happy and positive message to find - well worth climbing down a slippery ladder for. The luck on its way which it talks about is now here, as we are going to Greece tomorrow, and so yes, I do feel very lucky indeed! :) We plan to throw a few of our own messages out whilst there and will see how many are found. I'll keep you posted on that and will be back soon to share more of our bottled messages.
We found our first message in a bottle at Egypt Bay in Kent in 2011. It was written by a little girl 2 years previously. Since then we have always kept an eye open for messages thrown into the river Thames or the River Medway and we have found several. Some poignant, some funny, some philosophical and some....well some are quite rude actually! Each of them tell a story though and so I am starting to keep a record of them. The first message which I will write about, we found in January 2013. It is the most poignant we have found, and was a bottle containing the ashes of a young lady called Clare who had been about to sail the world before very sadly, she died without fulfilling her wish. Her family hoped that by sending her ashes out to sea, her spirit would be set free. I have no doubt that it did. We subsequently met Clare's family which was really lovely.
message from finn found in a broken beer bottle. it floated down the river from southwark and ended up on the shores of an old ship breaker's yard in Greenwich.
Our next message was found in a broken beer bottle in July whilst we were mudlarking in Greenwich. It was from a 12 year old boy called Finn. We wrote to him to tell him we'd found his message, and he invited us to visit him on the barge where he lives on the river with his family. We haven't been yet, but fully intend to. We were also contacted by a TV producer who had been with Finn when he threw the message in the Thames, who asked if he could film us down by the river where we found the bottle. This we did, but my commentating skills were not that great and certainly not entirely natural!! ( I would not make a great news reporter or weather girl!), and so I do not know if he got a good enough clip of me trying to explain how we found it, and why we are always down by the river searching for things...... I did however manage to turn the tables and get a picture of him in return for me having to repeat my script about 7 times!!
message to Jeff from his grandchildren
This next message, also found in July 2013 was a personal message from children to their grand father Jeff whom they had never met, so once we had read it, we put it back in the bottle and sent it on its way. We found it in the Medway near Cliffe in Kent.
cryptic message destined for .... we will never know!
To finish off this evening's first message in a bottle blog entry, Im including the short, sweet and a bit rude message, unsigned of course - found yesterday again along the Greenwich shores, carefully inserted into a plastic bottle. I wonder who he was writing to! I'm sure whoever it was, would be very flattered (!?) or maybe not. I shall continue tomorrow with some more. if anyone, finds any messages in bottles themselves, I'd love to hear about them. X
Hi, I'm Nicola - Im currently enjoying finding a variety of messages in bottles and discovering the stories behind them! you can watch a video here of a recent message in a bottle finding expedition! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28904275