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Canadian Sisters’ Message in a Bottle Beaches in Scotland’s Hebrides

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Canadian Sisters’ Message in a Bottle Travels from Nova Scotia to Scotland

Again and again, messages in bottles forge lovely connections between Canadians and Scots. One Scottish woman has even found two messages in bottles from the same Canadian sender! On Canada Day 2017 (which was Saturday, July 1st), Annalea Vardy, age 6, and her sister Isabel, 3, were aboard their grandparents’ sailboat, celebrating Canada’s 150th year of independence. That’s their sesquicentennial anniversary, for anyone who likes long words 🙂 Together with their grandparents, David and Donna, the girls sent a message in a bottle in honor of Canada’s independence. The sisters’ message in a bottle drifted away and the family continued their sailing adventure.

Vardy sisters' message in a bottle fragment.

Annalea and Isabel Vardy’s message in a bottle, signed and sent on Canada’s 150th birthday. Photo: The Daily Record.

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Guest Post: “Alaska For Real” Author’s Twilight Zone Message in a Bottle

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Alaska For Real Author Tara Neilson Shares Her “Twilight Zone” Message in a Bottle

Tara Neilson writes the blog Alaska For Real from her floathouse home in Southeastern Alaska that she built herself, living right on the famed Inside Passage. She welcomes comments from readers and can be reached at alaskaforreal.tara@gmail.com or through her blog. A version of her story, “Through the Twilight Zone,” was first published in Capital City Weekly, April 15, 2017.

THROUGH THE TWILIGHT ZONE: An Alaskan Message in a Bottle

Twilight Zone Message in a Bottle as Found

My message in a bottle as it was found.

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Mess in a Bottle, or How to Make a Message in a Bottle (The Wrong Way) Part Two

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How to Make a Message in a Bottle The Wrong Way, Part Two: Making a Mess in a Bottle

Lesson Two in how not to make a message in a bottle is a reiteration and elaboration on the points in the first lesson, and is another example of what I call a “mess in a bottle”. A mess in a bottle is exactly what it sounds like: Chaos contained in a seafaring flask.

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Charleston Sailor’s Message in a Bottle to King Neptune Found!

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Charleston Sailor’s Message in a Bottle to King Neptune Found

Know what’s weird? Sometimes it takes more time to find the sender of a message in a bottle than the bottle spent at sea! Case in point: This sailor’s message in a bottle I found way back in 2012. I could tell right away that it wasn’t very old. The note was wrapped in plastic bags inside a plastic bottle and plastic doesn’t survive intact long at sea. Surely, it would be easy to read and solve, right?! Well, one thing I love about messages in bottles is that they capture so well the chaos of life. This message in a bottle would remind me that the only constant in human life is change. We move, change phone numbers, delete old email accounts, and so on. And that makes solving bottled messages a bit tricky.

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Uplifting Message in a Bottle’s Author, Flynn, Has Been Found!

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Uplifting Message in a Bottle’s Author Has Been Found

When Laura Barnard of New South Wales, Australia, found a message in a bottle at Entrance Beach in early November, she posted about it on Facebook in hopes of finding the uplifting message in a bottle’s author — a 5-year-old boy named Flynn. Within a day, her post had been shared more than 600 times. That number quickly grew to over a thousand shares. Australia’s 7 News did a story about Laura’s find (though it should be noted that the video in that story is, confusingly, about a totally different message in a bottle), and I joined in the hunt with my previous post. Well, as if to prove the point that messages in bottles bring people together, thousands of strangers helped to spread the word about Laura’s find–and now, Flynn has been found!

The uplifting message in a bottle's author, Flynn, has been found!

The uplifting message in a bottle’s author, Flynn, has been found!

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Uplifting Message in a Bottle Sparks Search for 5 Year Old Author

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Uplifting Message in a Bottle Found in Australia

If you or someone you love has ever battled cancer, you know well the power of uplifting moments happening in the midst of that struggle. Laura Barnard of Australia is in the midst of treatment to fight her breast cancer, and had just finished a few important stages of that when she stumbled upon a lovely, uplifting message in a bottle at Entrance Beach in New South Wales, Australia. She tells me she was “Just walking the dog, relaxing after another long week of radiation” when she found the uplifting message in a bottle. And then, the search for Flynn began! Laura hopes that anyone reading this will help spread the word to find him.

Uplifting Message in a Bottle on the Beach

Flynn Bettison’s uplifting message in a bottle lying on the beach just as Laura Barnard found it. Photo: Laura Barnard.

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