Celebrate the Seashore

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

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  1. nanacathy2 says:

    I always worry about the pollution in the sea and what toxins end up in seaweed and shell fish. But I love being at the seaside. We are 17 miles away and now that tourist season is nearly over I look forward to some wonderful visits.

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    • I guess it’s something to consider Cathy. There’s no way of knowing without a scientific degree in marine biology and some fun lab equipment 😛 Maybe I have my head stuck in the sand, but I’m not sure I want to go there. As it is, I don’t eat any meat other than locally caught seafood. Not really interested in becoming a strict vegetarian, but you’ve planted a seed that already has deep roots…

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    • I remember limpets on the shores of Maine but never ate them…envisioning them being a bit small. Personally, I prefer the smaller ones as they are more tender. I’ve even battered and deep fried them like every good clam shack in Maine does, you know the ones I mean–marinated in buttermilk first (though I use kefir instead)! Good stuff with homemade tartar sauce!!

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      • Laurie Graves says:

        Yes, even though I’m an inland girl, I’ve seen limpets on the shores of Maine. I think they are quite a bit smaller than the ones featured on your post. It would take quite a few to make a meal.

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      • You can do wonderful things with tiles – when I was a little girl there was an old lady on our village whose name was Mrs. Crab (yes really!) I absolutely loved her garden because around each flower bed she had made a little wall and fixed broken tiles and china all along the top of each – I used to sneak in to look at these little walls – she was always very pleased to see me and gave me lemonade (!) which was a REAL treat in those days! (I’m talking about 1958 – 1962 ish). Happy memories. ❤

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  2. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautiful images Melissa. I’d love to be closer to the sea as I think it does the soul a power of good to breath in that sea air, walk barefoot on the sand and at very least go for a paddle:-) My kids always seem at their happiest running free on the beach as yours seem in those first photos.

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    • It’s a perfect place for all ages really isn’t it? One thing I especially love about the shore is how easy it is to be alone there even if you aren’t by yourself. Children seem drawn to explore unsupervised and a decent walk can be had whilst still having everything in plain view…perhaps not so easy to see all on the beaches I grew up on that were lined with umbrellas and beach chairs, but a quiet walk could always be had even with so many people buzzing about. Happy weekend to you!

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  3. Brenda says:

    You captured your shores so well, I can almost taste the salt. The ocean was an important factor in our decision to settle in Maine. Even though we ended up inland a bit, we’re only 20 minutes from wonderful–and varied–seashore any time we need a fix. And the place that perhaps makes me feel happiest is Hawaii, with magical ocean kai everywhere.

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    • A thousand welcomes Elizabeth. This post is very personal but in the form of a public scrapbook. I thought anyone nearby the sea, now or in the past, could relate to it….the memory of its scent and feel under bare foot is never forgotten. Xx

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