We just returned from our first visit to Prince Edward Island. We toured Light Houses, Charlettown, parks, a vine yard saw the Shell Fish Festival. The highlight of our tour was "Happy Clammers"
Goldie and Gilbert Gillis (Happy Clammer hosts)are excellent teachers, Islanders and just nice people. When we arrived at their place we were invited in to visit before clamming. We were outfitted in our clamming garb which was a pair of rubber boots and a clam rake.
Gilbert took us to one of his favourite clamming spots. Our group incuded a wee child who was the 100th Happy Clammer for 2010 season. Gilbert showed us how to look for clams. he explained the size limit. We had to measure each clam to make sure each was big enough to keep. Gilbert washed them all after we had finished clamming and rechecked in case some of the ones we had put in the pail were too small. There were some that were too small. The clamming time went very quickly. In no time we had enough clams for our meal.
Gilbert was very good at explaing the various types of clams, how to find the big ones, how to dig them without breaking them.
After we returned and washed up we were invited into the Gillis's home to enjoy a fanatastic meal. We had clam chowder, fresh made biscuits and the clams we had dug. We were also served another type of clam that John and Goldie had dug.
The conversation around the table was great. We were told stories about the island and other events.
We had Goldie's delicious rhubarb drink, great tea and then HOME MADE BLUEBERRY PIE AND ICE CREAM. The blue berries were wild blue berries from the island.
All in all a great time.
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