Japanese Glass Balls
an excerpt from 'Salt in Our Blood'
by Joanna Streetly, Tofino
The following excerpt from Joanna Streetly's book 'Salt
in our Blood,
An anthology of westcoast moments', is a story by Neil Buckle,
long time resident of Clayoquot Sound.
The glass fishing floats from Japan were a dime a dozen on the beach.
We had all these glass balls stored in big piles behind the house."
One day—I forgot what year it was—it would have had to
be '56, something like that—I came home from work. It was
March, I think, and Mum was all excited."
Oh there's glass balls everywhere! All over the beach!' she
She'd made little piles of them all around, because they were
mostly grapefruit size and some, oh, maybe football size, and orange
size. Our neighbour, Paul Norton, came along in his jeep and said, "this
is the way to beachcomb. I'll just drive along and you guys throw
So we just walked along, picking them up, one each side of the truck.
We had 236 glass balls in a mile and a half of beach, from our beach
to Green Point."
There was sort-of an unwritten code that from Greenpoint on the Incinerator,
was Peggy's turf. Before that there was the Donahues at Lovekin's
so they had from the base of the hill to Schooner Cove. They could
do all of Schooner Cove if they wanted, which they did often."
Joanna's book is full
of fascinating moments
of westcoast life. A 'must have' for Tofino fans. Pick
it up at a bookstore near you. In Tofino it is available at Wildside
Booksellers on Main Street.