Saturday, June 16, 2012

Back at the clam beds

I promise these will be the only pictures on the blog this summer of hardshell clams and people digging for them. Not much changes in clamming - a sharp rake, a stony bottom, trying to read the signals coming through the rake handle as it scrapes across the bottom, knowing when it's likely there's a clam in the rake, and in the end a full half-peck of clams (locally called quahaugs). Then the paddle back to the truck and a cup of coffee afterward.
This was the first time the usual clamming crew headed out this year. At least, the first time to get clams for ourselves. We went a couple of weeks ago, but that was to get clams to send back to North Carolina with Mike and Tammy Race's daughter Shaina.
This time we all brought clams home. Mike and Tammy, Bourne neighbor Josh Albright and myself. You go clamming when the tide is low. Tide waits for no clammer, as anyone who lives near the ocean understands. So we were out there near Buzzards Bay a bit after 11, digging not long after that. And we returned about an hour later, with two half-peck baskets, one limit for Mike and Tammy, one for Josh. I was just hired help, since my shellfish permit is issued in Falmouth and is not good in Bourne.
It was cloudy and a bit blustery, but lovely out on the beach of the small island where we pulled up our boats. It's hard work, this business of yanking clams from the mud, but it's good for conversation or, if you choose a spot far from the others, silence.

Photos: The arrival at the clam beds, Tammy eager to go over the side and get to work; Mike digging; Josh checking his rake; Tammy sorting; the clams.








8 comments:

Dennis Allen said...

An old song goes...
Now Free of my earthly ambition,
I laugh at life and its shams,
And ponder my happy condition,
surrounded by acres of clams.

Tracey Broome said...

Clams and lobsters, we should get together, haha! Looks like so much fun!

Kings Creek Pottery said...

I like your clam story, you can tell me as many as you want! It looks like fun :)

David McHenry said...

Great blog, it's always great to see some potters left in the USA.

You should visit our pottery blog sometime! American Mug and Stein, hope you check it out, we're the USA pottery that makes the Starbucks mugs!

cookingwithgas said...

Clams- you mock me...

Ron said...

Can't wait to get back to the Cape for some stuffed quahaugs. :-) Looks like fun. Here comes summer.

littlewrenpottery.co.uk said...

Great to see that the waters in your part of the world are healthy enough to foster little clams!

Hollis Engley said...

Our waters are generally pretty good for clams and oysters, and occasionally scallops.