What an intricate way to describe a shipwreck pulled apart by tidal ebb and flow. It also reminds me of the novel by Italo Calvino, The Path to the Spiders’ Nests, which describes small grassy gates woven by spiders – see insert.

‘… a destroyer lay broken and sea-scattered.  It had lain there for years, in bits like beetle fragments in a gorse-spider’s grey web-tunnel.’

Sources: Italo Calvino, The Path to the Spiders’ Nests (London: Vintage, 1998), trans. Archibald Colquhoun, revised by Martin McLaughlin, p. 52 and Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter: His joyful water-life and death in the two rivers, illus. C.F. Tunnicliffe (Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976 (1927)), p. 92

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It’s on a stony little path which winds down to the torrent between earthy grassy slopes.  There, in the grass, the spiders make their nests, in tunnels lined with dry grass.  But the wonderful thing is that the nests have tiny doors, also made of dried grass, tiny round doors which can open and shut.

Italo Calvino – The Path to the Spiders’ Nests

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