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One of the marvellous aspects of the South African ‘West Coast’ area is not only the incredibel spring flower displays but the characters that abound in this harsh and windy area.

We decided to pop in to ‘Bokkom Lane/Laan’ near Velddrif. Now, here are some real characters! It’s on the Breede River mouth where the huge river meets the Atlantic ocean and some entrepreneurial locals have set up fish shops, restaurants, bars and all manner of stalls selling paraphernalia.

But first a little education:

Bokkoms (or Bokkems) is whole, salted and dried mullet (more specifically the Southern mullet, Liza richardsonii, a type of fish commonly known in the Western Cape of South Africa as “harders”), and is a well-known delicacy from the West Coast region of South Africa. This salted fish is dried in the sun and wind and is eaten after peeling off the skin. In some cases it is also smoked. It is sometimes referred to as “fish biltong”.

A cluster of bokkoms

A cluster of bokkoms

 

Stop and read some of the signs at this shop!

Stop and read some of the signs at this shop!

It's all about the fish.

It’s all about the fish.

Pelicans paddle near to the stalls in the shallow reaches of the Breede River.

Pelicans paddle near to the stalls in the shallow reaches of the Breede River.

 

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