When Donovan sang “Fine rock pooling coast | this starfish on the toast | the men in the crabbing boats they cry” I don’t know if he just made up the name “starfish on the toast” to rhyme with “coast” or it really is the name of a place. Whatever the case, I think that I should choose at least one “rock pooling coast” in my selection of sites to discover, as many of my important beaches from the past don’t have rock pools as a major feature. As a child I never spent as long as I wanted in rock pools and I never had a net and bucket to explore them fully. Perhaps now is the time to dip into these little islands of the sea out in the land.
Donovan’s A Gift from a Flower to a Garden has been decently remastered and is aviable from Amazon.