Collecting shellfish only 5 minutes from home is one of the privileges of living on the coast. Hopefully it will be a privilege for generations to come - that pipis are plentiful, and their environment is clean, and that they remain safe to eat.
We had a lovely morning down at the estuary together gathering shellfish, enough to take home to family who don't have access to them because of age or distance. We had pipi fritters for lunch, a new experience for some
of the family.
Yesterday we drove to Paihia where our band was playing. I was ashamed to see how much rubbish there was on the roadside up there - right in tourist country. Hmmm, might have to see if there's something we can do...