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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Photo a day....11th February.

Horestone Point.

If we walk down our road, through the little alleyway, down the short road to the sea and look right, this is the view. If you then pass through the break in the rocks (at the end of the wooden stakes) you get to Priory Bay....the best beach on the Island. Summer and winter it is beautiful.

We are going to try getting razor shells here the way Ray Mears described on Wild Food the other week. We have seen the telltale dimples in the sand, and some cast off shell cases from razor shells, so we feel there is the chance of a meal here!

Just past this point the beach goes out for a long way. If we put out long nets when the tide is out in the evening (100 yards long...staked at the ends with anchors) and go back at the next low tide early the next morning, we find lots of good fish in the net. Once there were 12 Sea Bass!

We don't do this at weekends or in the very busy holiday times because the beach is popular with swimmers who'd get cross (rightly) with us! But out of season it is a great pleasure to catch fish this way. Some people who live on the bay have helped DH haul in the nets a couple of times and carried off armfuls of fish as a reward. I can't cope with 12 in my freezer so they are helping us out really!

Since his last hip op he hasn't been fit or strong enough to do it, but is looking forward to when he can again....not long now we hope!
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At 12/2/07 2:27 am, Blogger Sheila said...

Wow, that's a lot of fish.
Nothing tastier than a fish you have caught yourself.

At 12/2/07 2:50 am, Blogger RUTH said...

I remember as a child when I lived in Ramsgate, Kent scouring the beach for razor shells convinced that the "fairy" world used them as razors.

At 12/2/07 9:25 am, Blogger Libbys Blog said...

Lots of Razor Shells on some of the Gower Penninsula beaches!


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