Beachtime excitement

So the reason yesterdays 7 Quick Takes ended in rather a tearing hurry was because I was late for picking up my friend to go to participate in the Big Beach Clean Up, hosted by the Marine Conservation Society and Marks and Spencer.

Throughout the week there have been multiple events at multiple beaches up and down the country, not only with the aim of clearing the trash off said beaches, but cataloging it to see what is messing up our coastline.

The weather had been reasonable, so I wore a strappy top and cut-offs. The closer we got, the more the clouds loomed, and promptly we parked it hailed upon our heads (yes, in a month where I’ve had sunburn on two separate occasions, and it’s snowed, we now round off with hail and (today) excessive rain), so we sat and waited for it to abate (had I brought a coat? No, I had not I don’t need that waterproof – it’s been sunny today…)

Arriving down on the sand, we saw that there were 50+ people present to help, and armed with thick black bags, gloves, a tally chart and instructions not to pick up any un-bagged faeces (yes, really) we set off down the beach, collecting every piece of plastic, rope, old cup, bit of flip-flop and crisp packet we could find.

To be fair, the beach we were at was reasonably clean. Suffice it to say, I’ve been on much worse beaches.

And in spite of the intermittent rain (and at one point, more hail) the sun shone a bit, the sea looked nice, we had fun hanging out with fellow students (and other volunteers), there was free juice and fruit at the end, and hey – we were at the beach. A bad afternoon at the beach is still pretty much better than most other afternoons.

I was pleased, however, to find two items of bona fide TREASURE

One was a five pound note, which I saw first, but a friend picked up, so we’re splitting it 50/50. I don’t care that it didn’t even cover the cost of parking. We got money.

The second was a pair of Hugo Boss sunglasses, which may or may not be fakes. They were half buried in sand and are certainly well used, but they’re mine now, and they fit over my normal glasses, so I’ll even be able to use them. I wasn‘t sure if they suited me, and nor was my friend. He took a photo of me in them so I could immediately see how I looked. We looked, pondered and eventually he came up it: “The only problem is that they’re bigger than your whole face.

I decided there and then that I probably just looked like a dragonfly in that case, and wouldn’t worry too much. Later on I took some selfies (in front of the laptop though, as I’ve no smartphone) to show off on facebook. The comments I received were mostly positive, though there was a clamouring to see what Husby looked like in them. We’ve not tried yet, but I’ll be pissed if he looks better in them than me.

Gotta love the beach hair

 I wore them a second time today when my Sis and I took Niece and Neff to the beach. Again, I was outfitted in cut-offs and a strappy top, which I decided to accessorise with a floppy hat and my new sunglasses. The closer we got, the more the clouds rolled in (do you see a recurring theme?) and by the time we were there, I hastily put my hoodie back on, followed by the waterproof (which I thought I’d better take today, just in case) and a pair of wellies so I could go in the sea with Neff. She snapped a quick pic and the glasses and hat were sadly replaced in the boot of the car.

But again, a great afternoon at the beach.

So my question is (for all you fashionistas out there (though if you’re reading this, and happen to be fashionable, I’d have to question why, as I am one of the least fashionable people I know (apart from my new sunglasses, but they were mere serendipity))) do they look genuine? I’m still keen to know if I found real treasure or ripped-off treasure.

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