It amazes me, even though I was bought up beside a beach on the North West coast of Ireland, I did not know that sea glass existed until I spent a lovely afternoon by the sea this summer with my neighbour, Ciara. She spotted some on the shore and thought it would be great for a craft project.
I had to ask myself, how could I have gone 40 years without noticing these little gems gifted from the sea? According to my google research, sea glass is created slowly over time as bits of broken glass get tumbled about by sand and waves in the ocean. It can be eventually found on the seashore, especially on stony beaches after storms.
After gathering this information, the next time I was at home visiting my parents, I had a mission in mind, and that was to take a walk down to the pebble beach beside their house and start searching for some.
It felt a bit silly at first walking slowly along the shingle shore ready to pounce on anything looking a little bit shiny. There were plenty of pebbles and shells and green seaweed to be found but no glass.
However, I didn’t give up, and when I got to the end of the beach, I found my first piece. It was poking out of the small pebbles and sand and was frosted white glass. I was delighted with myself.
Within half an hour of searching this area, I had uncovered a handful of green and white sea glass, and I was excited to bring home my treasure.