Sunday, 29 November 2015
Nothing to Say
I have nothing to say so here is a picture of a fishing boat at Dunbar I took back in the 80's. These wee craft were out in the Firth of Forth collecting lobster nets, just to the right there were lots newly landed. Fishing in the Forth or out into the North Sea has been going on for millenia but it has always been a dodgy business. The weather and sea together are bad enough but now the dying stocks and the various rules have killed the fleets. Not that I would eat lobster, the cruel manner of cooking is disgusting and anyway shellfish are not for me, give me fins and scales. Not that I was offered anything but dirty looks by the local natives, their appreciation of tourists was not great.
Dunbar has been around for some time, the small castle ruins has seen some excitement with various Kings and Queens passing through, none were there to greet my travels I must say. Since the Votadini came down from the hills above and settled in this spot the town has seen two major battles, lots of small ones, the castle slighted and folks killed left right and centre. The population today is a few thousand, there might have been more if they did not keep getting caught in fights!
It is thought St Cuthbert was born here or in this area and worked as a shepherd until joining the monastery at Melrose.
This is a picture of the sea.
I post this for those of you who live inland miles fro the sea as you may not be aware of its existence. One thing to note is that it is wet, very wet, and walking upon it is not advised. It does take up a vast proprotion of the palnet however and is full of fish, sea creatures, boats and plastic rubbish we threw awayand now floats around as a danger to sea life, shipping and us. Most of the fish is probably poisoned with something or other, these lobsters also. These creatures like all shelfishw ere intended to scavenge and clean up the sea that is why folks were not supposed to eat them, pigs and the like were doing the same on land. I suspect no amount of shellfish could save the sea today.
However this guy appears happy with his lot, how about you?