Sea, Salts and Sail in Mousehole

44 thoughts on “Sea, Salts and Sail in Mousehole”

  1. Entertaining reading Arundhati! I noticed you have a soft spot for the ever-present seagull. Have you read Jonathan Livingston Seagull, written by Richard Bach? Excellent novel – one of the few that I actually read cover to cover in one sitting. It is a story about a seagull learning about life and flight, and a homily about self-perfection (Wikipedia).

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    1. Thank you 🙂 I have heard of it but never got around to reading it. I shall look out for the book. Thanks for the tip. I do find gulls rather intriguing. They are bold as brass and announce themselves so plaintively often.

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  2. You’re lucky you live so close to lots of beautiful little villages! They’re all so charming 🙂
    Also I kept literally saying Mouse-hole in my head till I saw you write down the proper pronunciation. Mowzel, Sounds much better.

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    1. Guess what, I had to ask a girl in a shop to figure out the pronunciation. I was also saying Mousehole all along till then. Thank you, I am lucky but for borrowed time. It all changes in a month when I leave this beautiful country for whoever knows where. My heart is weeping at the thought.

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    1. Thank you 🙂 You know what I am talking about. I love these little villages where you meander up and down and go for long walks and come back to the village tearooms for afternoon fare or settle down to hearty pasties. I bet your children too had a grand time.

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      1. They did! They were little then….6 and 8 so loved the crabbing and body boarding. You should come to Wiltshire for tearooms and meandering! Its a way of life here! I live near Bath so I have the best of both worlds.

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  4. Your posts are seriously making me want to visit England. This little fox town looks so cute, and the wooden boats do make it seem extra romantic. I’m not sure a pie with seven fish heads poking out it something that I would be excited to tuck into though. Have you tried it? I was a bit sad that Mousehole is not actually pronounced mouse-hole.

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    1. Oh Jen then do visit it. It will be instant love. See I come from Calcutta where we are big fish eaters, head and all. When entertaining her son-in-law, my mother once cooked fish with head (eyes included of course) and the look on Adi’s face was prize winning. He was put off by fish for quite a while after and my mother was suitably upset because I had not warned her. Now I am the exception to this fish-head-loving community. I am picky about smelly fish too while my parents can gobble up the smelliest of them. So I would never try out a Stargazy Pie no matter how many stars they tuck in there.


      1. This reminds me of when I was teaching in a Japanese elementary school. A school lunch item was these little fish fried whole. I am used to seeing whole fried fish after spending some time here, so I bit in (after bypassing the head). I was unpleasantly surprised to find the stomach was full of little white fish eggs. I couldn’t eat it after that. The texture and the taste and the unborn babies was too much for me.

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  5. Like me, you would make a bad Bengali 😉 My people ravish those eggs as well and consider them a delicacy. I am sure the Japanese pretty much think along the same lines by the sound of what you say.


      1. It’s the mere truth I speak, your words do the speaking that the pictures lack. The pictures are beautiful, however, just pictures. Its your words that make me want to go mainly.

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