Thursday, 22 February 2007

Fruits of the Sea .. and the Vine

The last few days have sped by. We've been spending a lot of time enjoying our boat, both on our own and with friends we've met here. The fishing has been alot of fun too, and yesterday I caught ten fish! Mike only caught 3 haha! (Of course that would have nothing to do with the fact that I kept him busy baiting my hook and helping me get fish off my line - the fish were being landed so fast that Mike barely had a chance to wet his line).

We went crabbing too, and I wish I had a camera to capture the look on Mike's face when we hauled up our first crab, legs moving everywhere and claws snapping.

Me on the boat using an extension tiller. The boat FLYS!

The need for speed..
We are going to visit our boat builder and talk about getting some mods done. Will let you know how it goes.

Bracing myself to get my nose pinched. Don't know who looks scarier, the crab or me!

On Tuesday after a morning of boating we decided to go for lunch at Voyager Vineyard. We sometimes find the larger wineries overrated, and usually prefer to discover the small out of the way places but we'd heard some good things about Voyager and decided to give it a go.

We were not disappointed. We had the most incredible lunch at their restaurant seated in big overstuffed wing-chairs and looking out over beautiful gardens. With soft music playing in the background, and impeccable service, it was the perfect atmosphere to enjoy some delicious food.

We started with a shared plate of Turkish bread and dips. There was a fantastic eggplant salad, dukkah, olive oil, kalamata olives and chorizo. Mike, who loves a good steak said it was the best he'd had in a long time. I had the salmon which was served on a tabbouleh salad, beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. It literally melted in my mouth. We each had a glass of wine with our lunches that left us keen to visit their cellar door.

Unlike the other winery we visited, every wine that we tasted was superb. We bought some wine and were given a free "Wine Dogs" calendar as well as an insulated wine carrier. They had a shop selling various things that they produce including the eggplant dip that we had enjoyed for lunch.

Needless to say, we didn't have much of an appetite for dinner that evening, but we did enjoy some wine along with cheese & crackers and the dip we had bought at Voyager.

Mike standing underneath an arbor with some of the many grape vines behind him.

A glimpse of one of several beautifully manicured gardens.


Joe L. said...

Hi Mike and Sheryl,

Really enjoying your narrative and photos. I have been off the air for a while and had some catching up to do.

You hit my soft spot when it comes to crayfish, crabs, yabbies and the like. Combined with a bit of white wine it's pretty hard to beat.

Mike, you might need a bit more that a sewing needle, tape and foil to hold down the V8 that needs to go into the boat mods!

Happy travels,

Audge said...

Wow! Mom would love to be in those gardens with you! Fishing sure looks like a lot of fun. Love the pics. Sounds like a wonderful few days!

You are really having a ball!

Love you guys!

Mike & Sheryl said...

Hey there Joe!

Nice to see you are still along for the ride. We thought you may have taken a wrong turn at Esperance.

Hope your being off the air was because you were busy enjoying life.


Love you back!

caz said...

wow uncle these realy are some lovely pics you have on here thanks for sending me the link,

ill have to go there some day my mates in australia visiting his brother but his in the city where its all on the go and always busy so his not had the chance to see this wonderfull side yet.

hope your all ok xx