Two of today's messages were written within two days ofeach other. The first is one which I found just this morning when we walked along the Thames Path to the Thames Barrier (which was having it's annual closing of the barrier today). It's always exciting to find a bottle with a rolled up piece of paper in it and to discover the message inside. I managed though to wait until we got home to have the ceremonial opening of it with a cup of tea. David decided to make it an agonising wait by making the tea at about the same speed as a glacier cutting through a mountainside - but finally we were ready to open it to reveal it's secret. Let me confess that Im always rather hopeful that this will be the one that reads "Dear Finder of this bottle, congratulations, you have won a million pounds....."... but no - anyway back to reality. This is the message which was inside - from a little girl called Jessica in Germany. We will write to her of course to let her know we received it safe and sound.
This next message was written on 1st August and we found it near the Isle of Grain in Kent. It was a particularly rainy day, and so it cheered us all up to see the bottle nestled in amongst the rocks. The message was from a little girl, aged 4, called Mia.
We wrote to Mia (or Mia's mum actually) to tell her we'd found Mia's note. They were delighted to hear that it had got to Grain, and said that Mia's cousins had also thrown some messages in that day - and so perhaps we will find them next time. Bottle mail isn't all that reliable though, so it's not absolutely sure.
This last message is a cheery "hi" from Owen, JJ and Blue! And it was written 2 days after Jessica's message.... Well, I don't know Owen, JJ and Blue - but "Hi to you too!".