My big sister, Dan Scollay and I, inspired by a combination of The Police song ‘Message in a bottle’ and Robert Louis Stevenson’s story Treasure island, decided to make our own messages in a bottle and cast them into the ocean for passing ships to find.

Our hand drawn messages were placed in old lemonade bottles and we clambered down a goat track to a small beach, only accessible from Eileen’s property.

However when we tried to send to bottles out to sea we couldn’t get them past the breakers. Not even our Dennis Lillee styled bowling methods helped that day.

Every bottle floated back to us.

I was left feeling I would really need to practice bowling in case I was ever stranded on a desert island otherwise I wouldn’t have much chance of survival