I have been truly spoiled on our weekend retreat :) Taking stroll along the cove below our weekend holiday cottage (pictured below), I was delighted to discover the place was a beachcomber's dream!
|Yours truly beach-combing in Hakin|
|Hakin Cove - a beach-comber's dream|
|A Portuguese Man o' war|
|Close-up of the Portuguese Man o' war|
|A large chunk of black sea-glass|
And the rarities did not stop there! Check out this beautiful piece of yellow sea-glass I happened upon there too!
|Rare yellow sea-glass found at Hakin Cove|
|Close-up of my yellow sea-glass discovery|
I found this one first - a glass marble, which would have originally been found within a vintage cod-neck drink's bottle.
And just a few metres away from this lovely find, I stumbled across this beautifully frosted gaming sea-marble. Just look at the weathering on this gorgeous item - the marble would have needed to have been tumbled in the sea for a good few decades to get that degree of frosting:
|A gorgeously frosted sea marble|
|My two sea marble finds from Hakin Cove|
And lastly, there was this odd little find:
|An odd little find along the shore-line of Hakin Cove|
After much research, I discovered this to be a Canister Ball, a.k.a. a Case Shot Ball. A number of these items would have been packed into a metal cylinder and fired from a canon during 18th and 19th Century warfare. When fired, the soft metal container would disintegrate, leaving the shrapnel balls inside to spread out at high velocity in a conical formation towards their target. These weapons caused a great deal of widespread damage to the enemy and were particularly effective during the Napoleonic War and the American Civil War. A somewhat grisly yet somewhat fascinating find, eh?
Hakin Cove turned out to be the best beach-combing beach I have ever explored. Despite being a rather diminutive cove, I gathered more sea-glass and other interesting artefacts during my short time there than every other beach I have visited combined over the last ten or so years. If you a beachcomber and happen to be visiting West Wales, then do yourself a favour and pay this place a visit. One word of warning though, check the tide times as the cove disappears completely at high tide!