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Gathering limpets for bait and spitting them onto the sea; a...

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Title - Gathering limpets for bait and spitting them onto the sea; a...
Contributors - Frank Jamieson
Reporters - Peter R. Cooke

Summary - Gathering limpets for bait and spitting them onto the sea; anecdote about a lost tooth; planting seed by spitting it.

At low tide, limpets would be removed from the rocks using a limpet pick, a knife with a short stout blade. The limpets were taken home and leepit [parboiled]. The fisherman would then head off with his wand [rod], buddy [fish basket] and limpet cuddy [basket made from docken leaves].

The best place to fish was a deep stone with an offshore breeze. The limpets were chewed and sprootit [spat] onto the surface of the sea, the same way as Frank's father sowed his planticrub [stone enclosure for growing kale plants]. The crub was delled [dug] out every year and new earth put in. Kale seed was mixed with bland [whey] and sprootit over the crub. Peat ash from the midden was smoothed over the top and the lot covered with a net. At the craigs, the limpet lume [slick] would spread seaward with the wind and the fish were lured in. Frank recalls how his neighbour lost a large gold tooth in the Muckle Geo while sprooting limpets.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:08:25
Date Recorded - 1974.01.05
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Story, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 38446
Original Tape ID - SA1974.001
Original Track ID - SA1974.1.06
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Recording Location:
  County - Shetland
  Parish - Lerwick
  Island - Shetland Mainland
  Village - Lerwick

Item Notes -

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