March 2009 -

Just a place for my old thoughts

Yo ho ho! and a couple of bottles of red
Monday, 23 March 2009 12:34 am
(Sea Dog DJ)

Well, we are back from our weekend of sailing. It was pretty hard work and my butt is killing me from the hard fiberglass bench decks we spent the weekend sitting on but all up it was great fun.

Saturday morning was an early run down to Manly marina and into some very ominous looking clouds. I had visions of it being a very wet, very cold weekend but as it turned out the sun shone bright and the biggest fear was 3rd degree sunburn.

The trip was the first two days of our competent crew training course that Serena had got us for Christmas. Also on board was the instructor Steve and two guys working through the day skipper training, Peter and Wayne.

After about 3 hours of basic instruction in the marina we made our way out into the bay, north and then into the Brisbane river. This took about 4-5 hours and saw us mooring just outside Bulimba. It was kind of funny to have gone so far to end up so close to home. We needed to be there so that the day skippers get experience in using mooring lines.

Dinner was a great little tandoori chicken curry washed down with plenty of red wine that everyone had brought along. I was exhausted so after a quick chat on the deck I was off to bed.

Saturday mooring we practiced pulling into a dock with both 'blow on' and 'blow off' situations. It was fun because we got to tie knots and jump off the boat. We then stopped for lunch before Steve realised that if we didn't high-tail it back to the marina he was going to miss a connecting flight he needed to reach Sydney so that he could be sailing a boat up to Brisbane today.

That saw Deb taking the helm and getting us up to 8 knots into some pretty rough seas. It would have scared the hell out of me but she just stood up on the edge and brought us near the marina. Then Serena got the best tack and the top speed of over 9 knots. Made my top of 7.5 the day before look pretty weak.

There aren't any showers on board so we were very very pleased to be home and washed clean. From there we had the inspired idea to head down to the pub for a beer and a steak. A very nice ending to a great weekend.

How Daniel likes to sail...

How Deb likes to sail...

30 degrees up and holding her heading...

Friday, 27 March 2009 7:40 am

Looks like fun. Great idea for a present as well. Deb the look on your face comparing pic1 and pic2 are bipolar aren't they. Sometime between 1 and 2 the theory that big tall heavy leanining things generally fall over has entered your mind, hasn't it :)

Ok, I will admit I got beaten...
Sunday, 15 March 2009 1:30 pm

Seriously, how can you compete. I have been telling Deb for years about my first experince of eating Osso Buco and that I have not been able to find anything as good and then she turns around and serves this. Sheesh! How am I meant to compete.

Osso Buco with gremolata, soft polenta and baked fenal. And Deb made fresh onion and rosemary focacia as well. Simply awesome. Coupled with a bottle of pinot noir and followed with a cigar I picked up at today, it was truely an awesome meal.

I'd pay for it at a resturant...but now I don't have to.

Dinner is ready...
Sunday, 15 March 2009 12:39 am

You know, I love Saturdays when you sleep in and spend the morning reading cookbooks in bed. From there we headed out to the wine cellar to refill the wine fridge at home. We have way too much old pinot that probably needs drinking so we will be on a pinot noir binge for the next few weeks.

I had one of my cravings for dinner of which Deb said she wasn't really keen but I cooked it anyway.

Seared kangaroo loin with oven roasted beetroot risotto, glazed dutch carrots and steamed cauliflower with cheese sauce. It is actually one of the most technically complex meals that I have ever cooked in terms of things happening at once. But it worked out and was absolutely delicious. All I would do next time is cook the roo for 30 seconds less and the beetroot and cauliflower for 30 seconds more.

It is the first time I have made risotto or cheese sauce for that matter so it was quite fun. I may have to make more risottos given how well it worked out.

Today is Deb's turn to see what she comes up with, I can't wait.

Steamboats and Kung Fu Panda
Sunday, 8 March 2009 11:24 pm

A fairly restful weekend. Friday we left a little early to pick up Serena from the eye clinic. She had gone in for laser surgery to correct her eyesight. The procedure itself was apparently pretty quick but the thought of smelling your own eyeballs burning is still something I don't think I want to experience.

I have to admit though, by Saturday morning Serena was reading newspapers and generally being blown away by the fact that she can see. So other than a rigorous regime of eyedrops and a couple of followup visits at the clinic she is good to go. Pretty amazing really. If it ultimately works out I think Deb will be very interested in looking into it herself.

For dinner Saturday we broke out the steamboats again and juiced up the stock. It was pretty good. We also had fresh egg noodles that we got from an Asian grocer which were awesome. It was then only to sit back, drink some nice red wine, and watch Kung Fu again because Serena hasn't seen it yet. On the upside Deb is starting to like it as well. I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. It's kind of like brain washing really.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009 7:39 am

I have pardoned your pun for you.

Thursday, 5 March 2009 2:08 am

Don't look here. Look at Deb's page where she has posted a few cool pictures.

Another month
Tuesday, 3 March 2009 1:31 am

Well February has raced past and we are apparently into March. For anyone that has been following our blog I should say that I always feel very guilty when I discover the gap between the last entry and the new one.

Well, since the last entry I think you could describe our activities as being 'settled'. The scare around Christmas that we might be moving to Sydney sort of put us on edge. Eating on Oxford Street lost some of its buzz and I just felt a little sad no each ferry trip into the city. So now that we are now staying put for the foreseeable future has put the polish back on our little house.

We have embarked on a bit of fiscal splurge from some wine, upgrading the wine storage, the Roomba (which still rocks), a new table and chairs for the balcony and even a new lime tree for the deck. Oh, and Deb has put down the deposit on a villa in Tuscany for her trip there later this year.

On top of that we have been heading out for dinner with Family and friends and generally just enjoying our Brisbane lifestyle.

I will have to get busy and post some of the pictures that we have been taking for the last couple of weeks which will help to refresh my memory about what we have been up too.