Beachcombing is one of my favourite things to do. I only have to walk down this lane and then along the trail to arrive at a lovely rocky shore.
A lot of Ballyyahooians call it Biddy’s beach because it’s quite near her house. The rocky beach is covered with rocks although you may just have guessed that. It only has little patches of sand here and there where the rocks left a bare patch.
THE OLD BOAT
There is so much you can find on the beach. The best time to go is at low tide so you can see everything that would normally be covered in water.
This old boat has been here as long as I can remember. Sometimes I like to sit inside it and imagine all the fishermen that used to be out at sea fishing, maybe for mackerel, pollock and cod, all those years ago.
I don’t collect living creatures from the beach because I think they’re happier staying where they are in their own homes, swimming in the sea, crawling around under shells, or hiding under rocks on the beach. I mainly collect shells and stones. I am always looking out for unusual ones like the one below that looks like its got a pair of scary eyes.
Sometimes I find unusual things too. Recently we had some terrible storms here in Ballyyahoo. The waves were huge and fierce. Lots of boats were damaged and the sea came over the stone walls and washed in over the fields.
Lots of oyster beds were wrecked and smashed up on the shore, like this one below. This is a huge big thing, nearly as big as a lorry. It looks like it’s made out of lots of giant hollow bones. Underneath there are all these coloured ropes. I bet they looked great all trailing underneath when the oyster bed was out in the sea.
DOGS LOVE BEACHCOMBING TOO
I always bring my dogs, Sheba and Eppie, with me to the beach. They love beach-combing as well. This is a picture of Sheba rooting through a pile of crushed oyster shells. She always loves rooting right here in this exact spot.
Eppie is in the boat, having a good look around. Eppie loves exploring but I can’t let go of her lead because she’s very young and might run away and get lost.
I go beachcombing as often as I can, so I hope to be back with more stuff I found on the beach very soon.
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