We, that is Tommy and Gerald, have had a day at the seaside.
Buckets, spades and nets at the ready we got to the Dengie marshes in Essex. Walking across the marshes is a bit of a challenge to be fair there are a lot of visible cracks or ditches that you need to jump over and lot more hidden ones like the one Gerald nearly disappeared down much to Toms amusement, a little concern would have been appreciated.
It was pretty hard going to get down to the shore but really worth the effort. With the tide out there is an expanse of mud flats that are clearly cockle beds judging by the millions of shells heaped up in banks. Oyster catchers were calling and other small waders scuttling along and not another Human being in sight. Best of all we immediately saw just what we came for, loads and loads of samphire. This may be a little smaller than we can get from a supplier but really delicious to snack on while you are picking. We also collected sea purslane and an edible seaweed. Take a look at what Tom made when we got back he also pickled the samphire and that worked really well too.