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Beachcoming for pearls

Rocco Tower is one of Jersey's west coast landmarks. Out in the middle of St Ouen's bay it's the last thing between the island and Canada. A Jersey Martello tower, it's a relic of the Napoleonic wars, and was badly damaged when used by German artillery for target practice during the Occupation. There's also a family connection - my uncle helped restore it in the 1960s.

It's also a ten minute walk to the tower from the slip at low tide. marypcb and I were having a Father Ted discussion on the relative size of the tower and Corbiere Lighthouse ("These are small, but the ones out there are far away..."), so we solved it by walking out the tower...

Out there, buried in the sand at the edge of the rocks, we found a lovely ormer shell, the spiral of its curves fading from green to brown to mother of pearl in the water. Picking it up, and turning it over we found it contained a fairly sizable pearl bonded to the lustrous interior...


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Apr. 14th, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)

Sounds like a pleasant expedition.

Apr. 14th, 2004 09:38 am (UTC)
I had to go check in the atlas to see if Jersey was exactly where I thought it was. I hadn't realised there was a clear line between it and Canada having assumed the southern tip of Britain would be in the way.
Apr. 15th, 2004 02:35 am (UTC)
Nice! They're very like the paua shells we get here in NZ, though paua are much more bluish-green. I've never found one with a perl in though!

Oh, and off-topic: I thought of you when I saw this...

Apr. 15th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC)
They're both types of abalone AFAIR...
Apr. 15th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC)
this one was quite a bit smaller than the paua shells I saw when I was over in NZ last month. Which island are you on? You might spot where my userpic was taken ;-)
Apr. 15th, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
North Island - Hastings, Hawkes Bay.

Hmmm - you in the Earnslaw there? If so, then Lake Wakatipu?
Apr. 16th, 2004 03:22 am (UTC)
with the Remarkables in the background - give the man a nice fruit smoothie from the cafe beside the Steamer Wharf ;-)
Apr. 16th, 2004 05:12 am (UTC)
A fruit smoothie? Mmm - lovely - whatever they are. ;-)

Been two or more decades since I was in the South Island. Not sure if I made it to Queenstown, but I remember Central Otago as very nice and different and flat and big.
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