Our summer holiday came late again this year. Plucked from England’s wintery world and placed in the south coast of Spain, I was able to indulge in a favourite pastime: beachcombing.
My ever-patient husband was, as usual, unable to hold hands as we walked along the shoreline, as mine clutched a stash of beach-combed treasures.
Although I have collected many pieces of seaglass from the UK’s beaches, Nerja always yields the finest examples – those most pebble-like and in the fullest spectrum of sea greens and aquas – along with sea-smoothed and sand-scoured pieces of pearly shell, and worn beach pottery.
And it’s here too that I find my favourite pieces of ocean bounty.
Just two or three of these flat spirals are collected each year: the one side white, the other a smoothed, shiny curve of warm caramel that almost resembles an ear.
But they remain a mystery to me. Are any of you fellow beach-combers able to help shed any light on what they are?