On the beach this morning, just after 7am, walking into a strongish cold wind with the sand swirling around my feet, ahead I spotted this most unusual offering. Considering the rising price of food these beautiful fruits and vegetables in quite a large pile with a few carnations scattered among them was a colourful sight and formed a very generous offing indeed. A pineapple and a red capsicum/red pepper had escaped and rolled a little way – but that made a nice change from odd scattered bird or animal body parts that are often associated with beach offerings. To give you some idea of scale, the square of fabric they are on is a large women’s scarf, about 1m square. I had already done the shopping for the next few days, so didn’t need to pick up any of the oranges, red peppers, cauliflower, pineapple, eggplants, avocados, cabbage, artichokes, maize and broccoli …;-p not that I would have touched the collection in any way – I always leave them intact – although there are often early morning beach combers in the summer who do ‘harvest’ the candles (none in this one) and presumably some of the fruit and veg at times.
These offerings that appear year round are one of the main reasons I now always take my camera when I walk the dog on the beach.