I haven’t taken the photos today as I’ve had a busy day working, end of month invoicing for a client. But there’s two news stories that made me smile over the last couple of days. People randomly having good luck & possibly coming into large amounts of cash – how absolutely wonderful for them 🙂
A retired couple in Northumberland had been planting pansies in a 2,000 year old Roman coffin for 30 years! An ornate marble sarcophagus was sat in the garden of the house they bought in 1982 & not listed in the deeds – I wonder if the vendors have watched the news? It’s apparently almost identical to another Roman sarcophagus in the Galleria Lapidaria in the Vatican & may be worth as much as £100,000 – brilliant!
Then today, the news reported a man & his dog had found whale vomit on Morcambe beach, also possibly worth £100k! The hard lump of ambergris is used in the perfume industry, especially in very high-end scents. How on earth did anyone discover that fact?
The foul smelling substance is secreted by sperm whales, possibly to protect their intestines from he irritation caused by the beaks of their prey, squid & cuttlefish. Once vomited, the ambergris can float around in the sea for years, gradually hardening & developing a sweet smell.
Well, I’ve learned two pieces of trivia – what ambergris is used for, & rather morbidly, that sarcophagus means “flesh-eater” in Greek.