Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gone fishing

The fish were gone. :(

In retrospect (actually we knew this prospectively), fishing at 2 pm in the afternoon is unlikely to yield many fish.

Last weekend K and I packed up our bags and drove 2 hours south to Lake Jindabyne. The lake is rather pretty and supposedly fishy, so with our optimist hats on, we figured we'd catch a trout or two for dinner and figure out how to clean it later.

We might have been a little too confident though... First we hired rods at Steve Williamson's Trout Fishing Adventures and had to ask how to tie the lures onto the fishing line. :) The fellow at the shop was really pleasant to deal with though and taught us how to tie both lines. Highly recommended for low key, helpful service.

Then it was on with the sunscreen, and off to the lake!

Luckily K knew how to cast a line, and after a few mishaps involving me flinging the line out only to realise I hadn't opened the reel (I'm sure there's real terminology for that!), I began enjoying the process of casting, then frantically reeling this line back in. In hindsight I should have done what K did, which was to cast out the line and let it drift gently before slowly reeling it in.

And that's pretty much what we did for two hours, seeing as we didn't get any bites except from the seaweed. I ended up taking pictures of the cutest lure in the tackle box we hired.

 .. which was rather prescient, seeing as the seaweed ate this particular lure about 10 minutes later. *shakes fist at seaweed* I briefly considered wading out to recapture the lure, but thoughts of piranhas, icy cold water and other errant hooks embedded in the hungry seaweed dissuaded me.

At any rate, it was only too obvious that we weren't wholly prepared for this trip. Can you pick the odd car out?

Still, it was a gorgeous Autumn day, and the blue skies, warm sun, crisp air and breakfast mugaccino were much appreciated.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Weekend in four photos

First of all, we found this poster in Kingston near the all-day breakfast cafe. Stay classy, Canberra!

I'm not sure if the pattern in the background just hints unfortunately of a swastika or whether it actually was a swastika. I do love the pink and black though.

Actually, I tell a lie... Before we found the poster, K and I visited the Gorman House Markets to have brunch with my Dancing Girl friends. Delicious Salvadorean pupusas and lovely ice chocolate-from-the-caravan aside, the markets were the same as ever, with a slightly damp aura and creepy/disturbing art exhibition. I don't understand photos of random, unexplained men lounging around in various states of undress. Neither do the Dancing Girls, who we discovered huddled in a defensive group approximately 3 metres from the most explicit photos when we'd finished our extremely quick glance-through the photos!

But on to better things...

We had dinner that night at the Locanda Italian Steak House. Italian + cooking steak is an interesting combo, and one that didn't really work when it came to my T-bone, which was slightly overcooked. However, we did get to cut our steaks with hunting knives! No steak photos, but here is K's hot chocolate in a funny cup and our friends' tiramisu dessert.

We were all fascinated by the little egg-cup-like cup for the hot chocolate.

In other news, I'm somewhat of a baptism junkie (yay for oxymoronic-sounding phrases!). A friend of ours got baptised today and as usual it was an uplifting and celebratory event, possibly made even more uplifting by the chlorine fumes from the pool. My favourite part was how our friend said "YES" in resonant tones in response to the "Do you accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?" question. K's favourite part was how the pastors dunked the people--very swiftly and abruptly.

The indoor pool area is especially pleasant on a cold Autumn morning.

Afterwards we celebrated with some passionate discussion about cultural differences, a book of insults, fruit ninja and copious amounts of food (hey, we're Asian) at Tilley's.

I think we managed to finish off all the food...

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tip o'the day

When baking or roasting food that tends to stick to a tray (eg. chicken or fish fillets), try putting it on top of some baking paper. You're less likely to lose the delicious outer coating this way!