Loving oysters

I was having supper at my favourite place in London to have oysters the other night, Tom Conran's Irish Pub, The Cow on Westbourne Park Road and it reminded me of a set of images I took earlier in the year at The Jersey Oyster Company which I hadn't got around to posting yet.  My family are from Jersey and my uncle is involved in growing oysters.  He took me down to the oyster beds where the oysters are placed in metal bags and held to the beach in order to be subjected to the tides.  They are later taken to the grading shed and packhouse behind my grandparent's house in St Martin with the larger oysters retrieved and the maturing oysters returned to the bags for further growth.  It's a fascinating process and quite labour intensive.