I left it at the beach when the tide was so low.
We had walked our small pack of dogs, almost the last day on the beach until autumn, as the dog ban comes in. The tide was so low.
The wreck stood out proud and you could almost walk around to the next beach. The rocks at the end, usually underwater, such beautiful colours. So alive.
I carried the stone in my pocket, and placed it on a rock, by the cave. It was so far below the high tide mark, in a part of the beach that isn’t exposed to the air for so long I thought the sea would take it.
First, I received a message form a friend. She had seen it, in the pool. The sea had moved it but it had fallen face up. She took a photograph, but left the stone.
Then I received an email.
“We went to Whitesands Bay for the first time this weekend. It was such a lovely place: seabass and chips from the Surf shop’s cafe in the carpark, the minibus that took us into St David’s, the cathedral where the organist was practising, then back through little lanes and villages to the car park again. Then we walked along the shoreline of the bay and back against the cliffs, admiring the different coloured rocks, and the ‘almost’ caves which we clambered into as far back as we could… and the first one had a deepish pool which cut off the entry, and in that pool I saw a stone with gold. So my husband ventured in and lifted it out. It was so beautiful that we weren’t sure that we should touch it let alone remove it… But we discussed it and thought that it hadn’t been hidden, so we brought it back and asked ‘famous Pete’ who runs the car park and campsite, whether there had been some sort of Easter treasure hunt, or something similar. He hadn’t heard of anything but thought it looked nice, and that we should keep it.
I hope that is what you intended of it. It seems to symbolise the magical stay we had in a magical part of the land. Thank you.”
Amazing that it stayed visible, gold to the light. So pleased. And yes. That’s what I hope for. That people will find delight and magic in the work I do.