Did you see this news story last week? Four large barrel-shaped lumps of lard have washed up on a beach in St Cyrus in Scotland.[picture from SNH]
It is believed to have escaped from the wreck a merchant vessel bombed in WWII. St C is a nature reserve, managed by Scottish National Heritage. They say that this has happened before – during the war, and again in the 60s and 70s. They believe recent storms have disturbed wrecks on the seabed.
Apparently the lard still smells fresh, and animals have enjoyed eating it [!] A spokesperson for SNH said it was ‘good enough to have a fry up with’ [anyone got a spare Mars Bar?] An elderly local resident says he remembers his granny salvaging the lard during the War, and boiling it up, to get the sand out! This current flotsam is covered in barnacles. I am thrifty and resourceful, but I think that salvaging this would be going a little too far.