This recent little adventure involved fresh air and seafood :-)
My son is an outdoorsy boy so I was thinking that perhaps we could go on a local fishing charter for a day sometime soon.
As luck would have it, my brother in law was staying over at Christmas and he offered to take Master 5 out for a trip in the new year. He hadn't been out fishing at sea in some time so he was keen to make it happen soon.
A few days before the scheduled trip I asked if I could come out too.
I figured it would be a good way to kick off the new year. Unfortunately, on the actual day, I felt tired and Miss 2 was feeling clingy and I wondered if it was all a bit too hard.
Perhaps it would be easier for me to stay home. This is definitely a pattern for me that arises sometimes since I've had children. Limited time and energy, you know how it is.
As it was, Miss 2 cheered up when she saw her extended family and I was granted leave with a friendly wave goodbye.
I decided I would head out after all.
Now, I have been fishing in the open sea before but I suffered quite badly from motion sickness that day so I had a couple of requests this time around.
1. I needed advice on how to NOT feel sick. I would take this advice.
and 2. If I felt sick, please bring me back to land.
Eat lots of nibbles.
Keep my eye on the horizon.
Don't sit down for long.
And yes, we could go back if I was crook.
Out to sea a little way we anchored the boat, baited our fishing rods, cast them out (or drop them in Master 5's case) and lowered our crab nets.
I wondered how long we would have to wait.
Not long it seemed.
"Something is pulling!" Master 5 cried and he reeled it in.
That's my boy, first go!
Unfortunately it was a puffer fish. No good. We inspected it and threw it back in. It was a popular catch for us. I caught one and my son caught quite a few more, even a double header at one stage. He was stoked and the 'lucky dip' aspect of fishing was really fun. We also caught a few 'grunters', also throw-backs.
The crab nets fared a little better but all of our catch were all undersized bar one.
This one was a beauty.
We measured it for size and Master 5 even held it carefully, holding the pincers tightly so as not to get bitten.
We then moved to a different spot to try our luck and I caught two snappers, under sized again, unfortunately.
It had been a couple of hours by then and I wasn't sick!! The water was relatively calm, thank goodness.
We stayed out for about 3 hours all up and headed back in when the tide headed out.
I do like fresh sea air.
I do like the fun and excitement of reeling something up to see what we've caught.
And I do like eating seafood.
Back at home our Blue Swimmer turned red. Sorry little guy.
And then it was fresh crab with lemon juice along side hot fish and chips from the shop.
Do you like boating or fishing?