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How a Palmwoods boys message in a bottle got northern Europe talking
6:00a.m. 12 March 2007 By Rae Wilson
IN this world of instant communication, it is refreshing to hear how a Palmwoods lads use of pen and paper landed him friends in Scotland and Norway.
Finnley Cassidy, 8, made headlines on the other side of the world when he cast a plastic bottle with a note from the most northern tip of Scotland - inaccessible for most of the year - while living there in 2006.
Indulging in childhood fun of yesteryears, his parents Brendan and Danielle helped Finnley send a message in a bottle that read: My name is Finnley. Im eight years old. I come from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. I wonder where this will go.
On its first journey, the bottle was picked up three beaches away by an artist who passed it on to a local school.
After adding letters of their own, the students sent the bottle out into the North Sea again.
It traversed the North Atlantic Sea to arrive at a remote beach in northern Norway in February this year.
Finnley said Year 3 students from a Norwegian school had written letters to him in Australia.
It felt really cool. Its like Im famous, he said.
They said, like, Hello, this is such and such and Im nine years old and Im a student at Steine Skole school in Bo in Norway.
Now I want to visit Norway and I really want to go back to Scotland to Durness (where the family cast the bottle).
I told my whole class and they said they wanted to do a message in a bottle and they want to be pen pals with the Norwegian students.
Mum Danielle said it was hard to tell who was more excited, Finnley or her and her husband.
We found an isolated beach and, just as a joke, put a message in a plastic Coke bottle, she said.
It must have followed a current of some sort to get to northern Norway ... and for somebody to be on the beach that time of year is rare.
Finnley was very excited. He found it quite bizarre but I think it was nice to get an understanding of the world and different countries.
But I think we were more excited. It was like a childhood fantasy that it would actually happen.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Georgina Coburn reviewed my exhibition for Northings, if you want to read it, follow the link:
Also see by Norman Gibson: http://www.hi-arts.co.uk/nov06-feature-exhibitions-mackay-country.html
by Tina Rose for Craftscotland: http://www.craftscotland.org/mackaycountryresidencies.html
and also by Tina Rose for CraftHighlands: http://www.crafthighlands.org/journeys-exhibition-durness.html
On the 22nd August 1847 or the 12th August 1849, an emigrant ship called the Canton was Shipwrecked off the rocks at Clach Mhor Na Faraid. Some accounts say that all except a black pig were drowned, while others say only the crew were lost. Many things were washed ashore, including Clydesdale bank notes. These had been cut in two diagonally making them triangular in shape. One suggestion is that this was done for security reasons by the owner(s). One half went with the ship and the other would be brought or sent later to wherever the ship was headed. To be reunited on completion of a safe passage. The first Clydesdale Bank Note was issued on the 7th May 1838. In this box there are papers with watermark designs based on this first bank note. Notes were originally signed by hand, I’ve added my own initials. I photographed the bank notes on Balnakeil Bay where they were found.
On Saturday 5th August 2006, I buried 2 identical books made from white linen fibre in the boggy ground next to Loch Meadaidh which is in peat (acid ground). On the same day I also buried 2 identical books made from the same white linen fibre in the boggy banks of Loch Caladail which is in limestone (alkaline ground). I kept one book as a control. I returned on Tuesday 10th October 2006 to retrieve my books. I dried them out in my studio then compared the results. Over the 9 week they were in the ground there had not been any significant change in the papers apart from a slight colour change. The five books are inside this box.
On Thursday 3rd August I threw this book into the sea at Sango Sands. The pages of this chunky book were made from a variety of different handmade papers including linen fibre, ellie poo, all my out of date herbs and waste paper. I wanted to discover what the effects of the sea would have on the papers and the binding. It looked alive while floating in between the waves. Now dry, and still full of sand, it looks like it has been on an exciting journey.
There are many hut circles in the landscape around Durness. In this box you’ll find a kit to grow your own ! The size is based on one at Cnoc na Moine which has a diameter of 8.5m (28ft). This area is limestone ground. I purchased a mix pack of wild flowers for Calcareous Soil – (chalk and limestone) and added them to the paper pulp. Species Include :- Agrimony, Wild Basil, Ladys Bedstraw, Birds-foot-trefoil, Burnet Salad, Wild Carrot, Cowslip, Oxeye Daisy, Rough Hawkbit, Common and Greater Knapweed, Black Medic, Wild Migonette, Hoary Plantain, Field and Small Scabious, Selfheal, Kidney Vetch, Yarrow, Yellow-Rattle/Field Scabious. The flowers will grow when the paper is planted and watered.
There are many hut circles in the landscape around Durness. In this box you’ll find a kit to grow your own ! This one has a diameter of 8.5m (28ft). I purchased a mix pack of wild flowers for acid (peat) soil and added them to the paper pulp. Species Include :- Wild Basil, ladys Bedstraw, Betony, birds-foot-trefoil, Meadow Buttercup, White Campion, Cats-ear, Oxeye daisy, Rough Hawkbit, Common Knapweed, Musk Mallow, Ribwort Plantain, Ragged Robin, Perforate St Johns-wort, Scabious Devils Bit, Selfheal, Common Sorrel, Common Toadflax, Yarrow, Yellow Rattle/Field scabious