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I think my right to gather seaweed would take precedence over that of the queen[smile]

(47 Posts)
fatgran57 Sun 22-Mar-20 07:42:17

A couple of days ago I mentioned that I had been to the beach (here in Tasmania) and brought home some seaweed for the garden and a few rocks for my pots.

I was chastised for doing this by another gransnetter who informed me this was not legal and further on wrote that the seaweed belonged to the Queen.

As a direct descendant of Mannalargenna, an esteemed Tasmanian aboriginal tribal chief I feel my right to gather seaweed trumps that of the Queen!

As the aboriginal people were here for over 40,000 years before white invasion I think we would have first dibs on the seaweed!

grannypiper Sun 22-Mar-20 07:44:55

I agree but dont take too many rocks, if everyone took half a dozen home there would be none left on the beach.

Elegran Sun 22-Mar-20 07:46:35

Does Tasmanian seaweed belong to the queen?

mcem Sun 22-Mar-20 07:50:09

I nominatte this as one of the most interesting GN posts that I 've read in ages!

Bathsheba Sun 22-Mar-20 07:50:24

Oh for heaven's sake hmm. What the heck does the Queen want with the seaweed in Tasmania?

mcem Sun 22-Mar-20 07:51:59

And now I can nominate that last one as worthy of a GOW award!

Marydoll Sun 22-Mar-20 07:55:51

Worse things have happened at sea! wink Worse things are happening in the world. sad
I'm sure the Queen won't miss a bit of seaweed, but is it worth getting so het up about? 😏

mary51 Sun 22-Mar-20 08:02:12

What's a GOW award?

Bathsheba Sun 22-Mar-20 08:28:33

Go ahead mcem. I can nominate your post for the HTT (holier than thou) award smile

Marydoll Sun 22-Mar-20 08:32:01

What IS a GOW award? I'm intrigued. 🤔

boheminan Sun 22-Mar-20 08:32:11

Perhaps she'll use it as a side dish to her roast swangrin

Bellanonna Sun 22-Mar-20 08:32:18


Bellanonna Sun 22-Mar-20 08:33:37

GOW is a grumpy old woman, MD! And I don’t think Bathsheba was being one!

Marydoll Sun 22-Mar-20 08:37:53

Thanks, Bella. I have never heard of that term, probably because I'm certainly not a GOW. wink grin

MawB Sun 22-Mar-20 08:40:10

Is it or was it April 1 fatgran ?

Marydoll Sun 22-Mar-20 08:44:39

Why would anyone even bother waste time and energy on puling Fatgran up for taking seaweed?

I can understand the criticism of taking rocks, if everyone took rocks or pebbles, the shoreline would be eroded.
In Britain, it is illegal under The Coastal Protection Act 1949

In Tasmania, it is also illegal. Under the National Parks and Reserved Land Regulations 2009, there are penalties of up to $700 for people caught stealing items such as rocks from beaches.

So there you have it.

Marydoll Sun 22-Mar-20 08:52:06

Thank goodnesss you you are anonymous, Fatgran wink

Bathsheba Sun 22-Mar-20 09:07:53

Thank you Bellanonna smile

Marydoll Sun 22-Mar-20 09:13:22

Bathsheba, I didn't think you were being grumpy at all!

Bathsheba Sun 22-Mar-20 09:34:26

In Britain, it is illegal under The Coastal Protection Act 1949

I came across a young woman on one of my FB groups who collects pebbles and driftwood from beaches and makes beautiful pictures from them to sell online. I didn't challenge her about taking the stones, because I know I'd be shouted down by her many followers.

But seriously? I don't know how she gets away with it so publicly. Unless there is such a thing as a licence to collect them? I don't think so though.

Bathsheba Sun 22-Mar-20 09:35:03

And thank you too Marydoll smile

mcem Sun 22-Mar-20 10:23:38

Did everyone miss the smile in the op?
Clearly fatgran did not expect her post to be taken in such a serious and grumpy way!
I think we've enough to worry about without this classic example of pearl-clutching!

Izabella Sun 22-Mar-20 10:35:38

I love Tasmania. Been several times. Excellent emergency health care too - nuff said.

Marydoll Sun 22-Mar-20 11:29:58

I don't see anyone being grumpy, apart from Fatgran, at the person who felt the need to pull her up. confused

That's the problem when you can't see facial expressions, a statement can be taken in different ways and sometimes misunderstood.

SueDonim Sun 22-Mar-20 12:44:18

Small quantities for personal use can be gathered but I think Fatgran can be allowed a prior claim to it!

There’s a dispute over seaweed (honest!) in this rather good book by Graeme Macrae Burnet.