Oh Sarah, that's terrible. I really hope someone finds it and hands it in ...realising it has so much sentimental value to you. Sometimes you see ppl with metal detectors at the beach, may be worth talking to one of them if you can find one.
I managed to completely mangle a silver bracelet from the 1920s given to me by my grandmother a few years ago. It got massively squashed and distorted somehow on a long trip when it was packed up (not carefully enough obviously). So i know that awful sinking feeling.
Jen - all good here thanks. Glad you got a cuddle with your niece (um is that what a cousin's baby is called?). Im sure it was very bittersweet, but I think just being in close proximity to a newborn can be really helpful in terms of pheromones etc - but only if you feel up to it.
Yay for the kitchen, sounds awesome & GL for your cycle, crossing e'thing for you!