Dispatches in Skegness and Chapel Saint Leonards

Central Beach in Skegness on July 15

Central Beach in Skegness on July 15

I just came back from a short break on the English East Coast. Of course I took some (two) bottles with me. This was the first time I dispatched bottles directly into the sea from the beach, and I am not sure whether I was being too clever, maybe. The first bottle was dispatched on July 15 in Skegness. A typical English seaside town with so called attractions like fun rides and casinos and the like. The central beach was still rather empty when we visited, which was probably due to the mixed weather but also due to the summer school holidays not having started yet. The photo above is taken where and when I left the bottle. You can see a Ferris wheel in the background and the Skegness Pier.

The tide was low when we visited with the flood coming in. Not a good time for simply throwing a bottle into the water, I figured. And so I decided to partially bury it. – I hope the flood took it with it rather than digging it in even deeper.

bottle no. 50 left at the beach in Skegness

bottle no. 50 left at the beach in Skegness

To be fair, the image above does not show the bottle how I left it. – My own children dug it out a moment later, and so I placed it a little nearer to the waterline and not straight down like here but tilted slightly toward the open see. – I am curious to see whether I will hear anything from that bottle ever again!

The second bottle went in at a beach near Chapel Saint Leonards. The tide was high and the water was retreating, and so I simply threw it in from the beach.

message no. 48 still airborne

message no. 48 still airborne

Well, “simply” maybe is not quite right. On a first trial I threw the bottle in standing beside the water and, being not that good at throwing any objects, it dropped pretty short. So I quickly got into the water, caught it, and threw it once more. I turned around to get back to my pants, and when I looked again I had already lost sight of the bottle.