Those Ellusive Crab and Prawn TrapsWritten by Valerie Giles
If you are a boater, in particular a sea or ocean-going boater, you have probably tried your hand at catching prawns and/or crabs with their respective pots. And if you have tried this, then you know how many traps or pots you have lost over years! But it is so rewarding when traps come up with our dinner, that we try it again, over and over every year.
This is story of our weekend boating trip and yet another lost prawn trap. My husband and I have been boating for several years with friends on their Bayliner on west coast and enjoy our excursions through San Juan Islands in Washington state and Gulf Islands in British Columbia. Crabbing and prawn trapping is very popular among both pleasure boaters and commercial fisherman in these areas.
Our friend Jan had just had another birthday and her husband Hank decided to buy her something that they could both enjoy. You guessed it, a prawn trap. Out they went at first opportunity early one morning in July and dropped their prawn trap over side of their Bayliner. The attached float was clearly visible to other boaters and had their name and boat registration number painted on side. As day progressed, they decided it was time to check prawn trap for booty. Dreaming of delectable dinner that awaited them, they took off in their dinghy to check trap. Around and around they went looking for their trap, but it was not to be found. They took their bearings from land and were sure that they were in correct spot, but no such luck. Once again, yet another prawn trap had disappeared. Back to their yacht and a dinner of pork and beans.
The next morning they weighed anchor and started off for next day's location, looking as they went for missing prawn trap. It was becoming obvious to them, that it was gone.
The following weekend, my husband and I were invited on board their yacht for weekend. It was a beautiful weekend as we headed out across straits towards islands where we intended to drop anchor and spend night on hook in a secluded cove. The weather was sunny and warm and winds very calm. We spent night and enjoyed company and conversation. Lots of laughter, especially on topic of missing crab and prawn traps. We kidded our friends about losing another trap. "How many is that, this year?" we asked. "Too many," they replied.
Altinkum Property Boom - It's Time to Start Living the Life You've ImaginedWritten by Laura Bower - Turquoise Homes
“It’s Time To Start Living The Life You’ve Imagined”
This quotation, attributed to American author, Henry James, captures perfectly mood among property buyers in Altinkum, Turkey. James would have been intrigued by excitement rushing through this Aegean resort - an excitement that started in 2002 with change in laws allowing foreign nationals to own property in Turkey in their own names, and now fuelled by intense interest from British media and experiences of early investors.
Until a few years ago, Altinkum was purely a holiday town. An arc of golden sand running gently down into a turquoise sea, so perfectly clear that in shallows, fish skimming around a bather's feet appear to be swimming in glass. A beachfront lined with small bars selling typical Turkish food and international favourites, a small central square with stalls of trinkets for souvenir hunters, and one nightclub summed up total of Altinkum's tourist facilities.
Now property is main industry of Altinkum, and once minor resort in Turkey has become an investor's dream. Specialist magazines like A Place In The Sun and Homes Overseas have featured articles on Altinkum gold rush, and property boom has even caught attention of national press and television stations with news stories and TV programmes hailing Turkey as next Spain and Altinkum as new Marbella.
The Altinkum locals have responded in kind, ploughing billions of lira into regenerating area. The main highway into resort is now a tree-lined boulevard, with flower beds lining pavements. Along main beach runs a paved promenade studded with palm trees, and a marina and golf course will complete transition from dusty town to cosmopolitan resort.