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I believe I've mentioned Nicola White and mudlarking before: mudlarking is scavenging for found items on the banks of the Thames. Nicola White, an artist, keeps a blog of her finds--a marvelous blog (link here; the top entry is on vulcanite screw bottle stoppers: fascinating).

One thing she looks for in particular is messages in bottles. The BBC did a five-minute report on her search for the messages of the Thames. She reckons that about one in every 200 bottles that she finds has a message in it. She has words of advice for message writers, too: write in pencil, as the sun tends to bleach the ink in pen messages.

Today on Twitter she posted this magnificent mermaid that she came across. It's made of some sort of cast metal, and she thinks it may have religious significance:

Original tweet
Screen Shot 2015-01-25 at 2.20.05 PM-Jan 25, 2015

Here's a post she did on votive images and other religious items she's found by the water's edge.


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Jan. 25th, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
Jan. 26th, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)
Isn't it a great term? What a joyous thing to be.

There should be real birds called mudlarks. Maybe there are.
Jan. 25th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
Fascinating - thanks for the link!
Jan. 26th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome--her site is lovely and absorbing.
Jan. 25th, 2015 09:54 pm (UTC)
Absolutely absorbing , so thanks for the link as well.
Jan. 26th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)
I thought so too--the finds she documents are wonderful.
Jan. 25th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
So many messages! Amazing to think of. It makes sense, given the large numbers of plastic bottles around these days that many people will put their messages into them, but in my mind messages in bottles had always been in glass bottles, generally with corks in the tops. The vulcanite bottle tops are great, though. This makes me miss the sea.
Jan. 25th, 2015 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to mention the mermaid statue. How could I forget the wonderful mermaid? Such a fabulous find!
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Jan. 25th, 2015 10:46 pm (UTC)
Today on Twitter she posted this magnificent mermaid that she came across.

Jan. 26th, 2015 01:00 pm (UTC)
So beautiful. Mermaid art is pretty much alway wonderful.
Jan. 25th, 2015 11:29 pm (UTC)
It looks like it's made out of sand.
Jan. 26th, 2015 01:01 pm (UTC)
I thought so too! And I was going to be impressed with how the free arm doesn't fall apart, if it's made of just mud or sand. But she said in fact it's made of metal. (If not sand, I would have thought cement, but apparently not.)
Jan. 26th, 2015 01:02 am (UTC)
What an interesting entry. Thanks.
Jan. 26th, 2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I was so happy to come across her site. Re-come across it. I'm sure I've seen it once before.
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Jan. 26th, 2015 02:29 am (UTC)
Wow, cool!
Jan. 26th, 2015 01:02 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 26th, 2015 04:51 am (UTC)
What a great story! I wonder if people will start sending her fan mail - by bottle, of course...
Jan. 26th, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
I could imagine that--or someone falling in love with her and leaving little things along the shore for her to find.
Jan. 26th, 2015 06:46 am (UTC)
Thank you - fascinating reading, here and on the link.
Jan. 26th, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
So glad you think so! I wanted to spread the word.
Jan. 26th, 2015 12:34 pm (UTC)
O to be a mudlarker!
Jan. 26th, 2015 01:05 pm (UTC)
You are definitely a mudlarker at heart.
Jan. 26th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
What a terrific story!
Jan. 26th, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
That mermaid is very intriguing. It makes me think of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London. I don't actually recall any mermaids in the books, but there's something about it that brings his river deities to mind.
Jan. 26th, 2015 08:43 pm (UTC)
And your comment makes me really want to check out Rivers of London... which, come to think of it, I think a number of people have recommended or talked about--sovay, for one.
Jan. 26th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
How wonderful!

I love the mermaid.

Thank you for sharing the links!!!
Jan. 26th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed--they were definitely too good not to share.
Jan. 26th, 2015 11:38 pm (UTC)
That's some mermaid, but she looks a little... inimical?

That's OK, guys need to learn some respect!

All women should practice that expression in the mirror. Not to mention, 'i has my chopping leaf in my little hand...'
Jan. 27th, 2015 02:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, she's a mermaid to be reckoned with, from the look of things. Well, I guess all mermaids are, really, but this one's not one to put up with unwanted amorous admirers.
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