Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas ball

Tidal treasures on Parksville's main beach...
A colourful Christmas treasure...
During our first ski weekend of the season, my wife and I found ourselves beach combing in search of Tidal Treasures. It's a winter/spring tourist promotion event in nearby Parksville in which glass balls are hidden along local beaches.

We poked around the main beach in front of our condo for about forty-five minutes, not really expecting to find anything. Just as we were about to quit, I decided to look in the end of a hollowed out piece of driftwood. I gently kicked a pile of dead leaves aside. In the dark, wet mass I caught a glimpse of a smooth dark shape.

My wife was ecstatic. Her favourite colour is amethyst, the colour of the ball. Furthermore, the ball was marked with a red star which entitled us to a further prize of a gift coupon at a local restaurant.

The glass ball is the work of local artist Robert Held. It now has a place of honour in our living room.

The treasure hunt has been attracting people up and down the island to local beaches. We felt bad -- just a little -- for the nearby family who had apparently spent a couple of hours at the beach looking for one of the treasures.

Our amethyst Christmas ball...
Details of our amethyst Christmas ball...


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