Come Out Of Your Shell


Johnny and I had the last week of September planned for some time now, anticipating the spring tides that were going to be both exceptionally high and low because of the alignment of the earth, the sun, and the moon.

For us, this meant three days of foraging for clams, just in time for winter storage.


spring tide, the time for

gathering the fleshy clams

to eat through winter

Though the spring tide comes monthly, it’s not always low enough to make a trip to the shore worthwhile and the weather and timing are not always ideal either.  It was great this week though and we even went out on Monday evening from half 11 until nearly 1 in the morning.  After two days of fun, we decided to keep the children home from school so they could join us.  No regrets as we had a great morning together picking blackberries and then we were at the beach from noon on.

The tide chart that our week was planned around. 

…spring tides, a common historical term that has nothing to do with the season of spring. Rather, the term is derived from the concept of the tide “springing forth.” Spring tides occur twice each lunar month all year long, without regard to the season.”

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The otter clams have to be dug out of the sand but the razor clams are acquired by a different method which I wrote about last February here.


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  2. singersong says:

    I still remember fondly that meal of razor clams you prepared when I visited. Once I sort my visa I’m tempted to come visit again. I love that you took the kids out of school to participate. Don’t know many who would do that. Take care. Bob

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  3. A wonderful post. I enjoy your sharing of your lifestyle so much. Thank you.

    Brought back many memories for me. Mussels, clams, and scallops…all foraged from various places I have lived over the many years.

    Was just Rummaging through the frozen food bins here in the desert market yesterday. Just not the same!

    Do you pickle any of your clams?

    All my best to you and your beautiful family.

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      • I love pickled clams! Haven’t has some for awhile, but know the recipe by heart!

        Here is my favorite: I apologize for not having amounts. I just don’t measure when making them. Steam open the clams, set aside and pour enough of the steaming juices to cover. Then take the same amount of vinegar (I like apple or red wine vinegar best.). I’m thinking about a teaspoonful per jar, and a nice fistful for the fennel and cilantro Add whole peppercorns, mace, allspice, and some fresh ground nutmeg, cilantro, some fennel. Warm this up to hot, and put the clams/juice in the jar, pour the vinegar spice over and seal. I would make two jars. One for opening when we can’t wait any longer, and one for Christmas morning.

        All my best to you.

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  5. Hello Melissa! I learned something new. I didn’t know about the spring tides. Thanks. The prompt words were perfect for you and your haiku showed it. Well done. Are you going to post some clam recipes any time in the future? 😉


  6. Karen Byrne says:

    Thanks for sharing, brought back memories of camping trips as a child and my dad collecting and foraging on the beach for food. Aren’t I sorry now that I turned my nose up at such simple delights.


    • That is one of my favourite things about living here, the simplicity that is achievable. Perhaps elsewhere as well, and now is just my time to discover it, but it certainly eluded me when I lived other places.



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