Is it any wonder why so many of us flock to the seashore to exercise, socialize, relax, forage, and get creative? We are kindred spirits, sharing the allure of the seashore, feeling it’s magnetic pull, and knowing it’s something well worth honouring in celebration. It’s our happy place!
I’ve lived aside the seashore my entire life. A void would exist for me if we were to be separated for long. It’s one of the reasons I’m so at home here on the island, surrounded by miles of shoreline that never sleeps, practically begging to be explored, always available for swims, walks, play, or for collecting sea glass, tile, and shells.
There’s also the many opportunities to forage for fresh, uncultivated food to nourish ourselves and our homefarm with. And although the weather gods make it unapproachable from time to time, it’s available 24 hours a day.
The wild seashore is self-replenishing and highly therapeutic- Johnny thinks a seaweed bath is worth a try for whatever ails you, and carrageenan is well known for its medicinal uses. Seaweed is packed with vitamins and minerals, but also high in sodium and iodine, so while you can feed it to your garden as much as desired, people should eat it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
Here’s a 16-second video showing how I collect bairneach/limpets from the shore. They are super tasty and very reminiscent of the clams that I collected with my family while growing up in Maine. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to give it a try yourself. Cheers, Melissa