Friday, November 21, 2014

Day Spent Fishing

Today (Saturday) started out with a little rain, but cleared up so washing was done and hung out, date scones made for morning tea and then Roger and I went fishing after lunch…

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And 5 hours or so later, we came home…..

Empty handed and had smoked chicken with veges for dinner! Still another day tomorrow. This fishing thing is not going well so far this trip but we had an enjoyable day anyway.

So a couple of days since last post and Thursday was a bit more productive as we went for a walk towards Fletcher Bay and got about 1/3 of the way there.

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It was a lovely walk of about 1 1/2 hours each way with a lovely view from the point where we turned around. Great Barrier Island in the far distance.

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There were some lovely views for the track and it was a very easy grade.

It was a nice walk and we came across some lovely plants, waterfalls and views on the way there and back

On the way back we encountered an interesting thing…

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and low and behold right in the middle of the track was…

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They are upgrading the entire track through to Fletcher Bay. The first time for 14 years.

Yesterday was also a lovely day and we went kayak fishing….

Unfortunately the only fish was caught by Brenda was a foul hooked Leather Jacket, which Roger had for his lunch.

After arriving back there was a helicopter landed in the field loading or unloading supplies and then it took off again up into the hills….

So the nasty weather really has not eventuated and we have had some breezy, gusty conditions but it has been fine mainly and rather pleasant. Tonight is a rather orange evening so tomorrow is looking good as well.

The campsite is filling up with people and cars and motorcyclists so we are loosing our nice peaceful spot!

Tomorrow might be a walk to the western side of the bay and a walk out to the point for some fishing …or not, one never knows what the day might bring.

Safe travels everyone.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Capsize…..

So a lovely day dawned here at Stony Bay. I had started a batch of bread last night so it was next step in the bread making process and after breakfast there was a little breeze so we (Brenda, Roger and I) decided to launch the kayaks and do a spot of fishing.

So off we went….

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Little to report for the fishing side of things, Roger said that they were getting Leather Jackets destroying the soft baits…so I put down the tiny hook and caught a 10cm snapper. So back it went. I got a couple of bites but couldn’t manage to hook anything. On the way back to the beach I took the scenic route…

It was a lovely paddle back in and it was dead calm so no worries about tipping over.

There was a lovely waterfall on the way too…

As I had started a batch of bread this morning, it was time to knead and prove so that done, some lunch was had and then it was put the sailboat together for a bit of a blat.

BUT…. the wind was very gusty and changeable and I managed to get caught out by a gust and lost control and over she went, me included. So here I am swimming in Stony Bay with my Minicat upside down. The great thing is that with the trampoline on the catamaran it was really easy to sit and think about how to get things righted. I can remember thinking, “Ok the book says to furl the jib and then put all your weight on one side and it would right itself” Right, so after a bit of feeling around upside down, I managed to uncleat the sheet for the jib, find the self furling line and furl the jib, it was fascinating to watch it roll up underwater.

So then it was a matter of sitting out on one pontoon and slowly the catamaran started to raise up out of the water. I either moved or a gust came through and it ended up flopping back down, but on the retry, I was successful in righting it. Yippee! Now all i had to do was get back on board and sail back…. unfortunately I managed to loose on of my boat shoes on the way up, but was again successful in getting up and away again. I was a bit disappointed that my boat shoe sank without a trace! So after a great deal of tacking across the bay and in and out of some rather interesting gusts from the north, north west, north east and south I managed to get right back to my starting point.

Brenda and Roger had not seen the actual flip but did realise that I had capsized and had the kayak down on the beach ready to come to my rescue and I did have my marine VHF radio in my pocket so all was pretty good. I am rather impressed by the fact that I managed to not panic, right the catamaran and sail home!

So after that……

Bread making was a bit of an anti-climax BUT I have to say it is one of the more successful bread making sessions. Both risings were good and we had some and it is certainly one of the best and nicest so far. As you can see from the pictures below…..

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So a very exciting and eventful day! I am so stoked and the weather is still rather nice…..

The wildlife continues to be fascinating..

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So after a lovely dinner, thanks to Brenda, I am finishing this off and ready to upload…

Safe travels everyone.