2 weeks ago, just before going on holiday, we were having a little beach comb along the Thames in Greenwich, just next to the Thames Barrier, when I came across a wine bottle nestled amongst the rocks. There it was, all on its own... I noticed straightaway that the message was written in pencil, which is excellent, as biro and ink often fades in the sun after a while. I put it in the rucksack and carried on. We have now decided to open bottles and read messages when we get home. Of course, it's a huge temptation to read them straightaway, but they end up snugly and tantalisingly sitting in my rucksack..... until later. So..... when we got home, we opened it up, and read this....
I quickly called the first number. There was no reply, so I called the next one. When a male voice answered I said something along the lines of...." so, do you remember drinking a bottle of wine with the love of your life?...." The response was "Um, what?!" So, then I thought that yes, I probably did sound like a strange caller, so I explained that I had found a message in a bottle, and was he the owner, author, of said message? There is a pregnant silence. Then.... That moment of realisation, blurred wine induced note writing... seemed like a great idea at the time, OH MY GOODNESS..... you found my note........ OH... we were SOOOO drunk when we wrote that! So we shared a laugh, and I explained that actually I keep a blog about messages in bottles, and er, well, this guy is probably thinking, how unlucky am I to actually send this out into the Thames into the hands of someone WHO ACTUALLY ACTIVELY LOOKS for messages in bottles, and how unlucky was I that she found it.... eeeeek!! So I asked if I could do a little piece on it, and then, well, I think that he had second thoughts and decided against writing to me with the story of that evening. So, I do hope that he wont mind me including it on my blog. I think it's pretty romantic, sitting at Tower Hill, drinking wine, and then throwing a bottle in a river. Talk about bottling up your feelings:) X
Now this message, I spotted last Sunday whilst on the way home from mudlarking in Greenwich, along the Thames path. There isn't much to say about it really, except, well yes I totally agree: Take a risk, get out of your comfort zone, try something different....... as long as it doesn't hurt someone or yourself! Thanks Daniel, for that advice. I'd love to know what lead you to pop that little gem of wisdom in a bottle. If you see this, please get in touch and let me know.
Lastly, here is an old message which we found also near Greenwich, at Victoria Deep water port. Due to it's short nature, I thought it would go well with these last 2 - plus, it was in a wine bottle too! I did send this out on twitter a long time ago, and I do wonder if Darren ever did find a job! Of course, if you do have a job for Darren, let him know!
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