When Paul and I were packing up for our return home to Canada, we realised that we had collected way too many shells and we could not possibly take all of them back with us. So one evening we sat down and sorted through them and decided to take the "rejects" back to the beach. It was a very difficult task as each shell was special in its own way, but we did it. We had a pail and shopping bag full.
For the past couple of weeks there had not been many shells on the beach but at the end of March we had high tides with the full moon and several beds of shells appeared at the high tide line on the beach in front of our balcony. We thought this was a good place to deposit our "rejects" hoping that they would find a good home. While I sat on our balcony enjoying the sun and camera in hand, Paul set off to the beach with the pail and bag of shells.
Paul and I found it very interesting to sit on our balcony and watch the behaviour of all these couples.
Later that afternoon when Paul and I set out for our beach walk, we checked the shell bed where he dumped the shells and there was not one shell to be seen. The couples had taken every last one - so we were very happy that they all had good homes.
Remember these shells were our "rejects". Imagine if they had seen the gems we kept to take home!