Saturday, March 20, 2010

Adventures in Prawning

We have a little rowboat - a small flat bottomed - very hard to row - rowboat - and some prawn traps.

This past winter Jim - and a very strong young man - Zack -  have been setting out from our house - using the little rowboat - which is down at the beach - and setting out the prawn traps.  A couple times a week we get a nice little load of prawns.

Yesterday he didn't have anyone to help so I volunteered to be Zack -- I have been going to the gym - I figure I am much stronger than I was a couple of months ago.  Oh boy - it was HARD work.  The tide was very low and we  had to pull the flat bottomed HEAVY rowboat off the TOP rack of the boat rack.  Carry it MILES!! to the water over slippery rocks.  And then row!  I am not a very good rower - one arm is stronger than the other and I tend to go in circles - and being left handed I sometimes get my left and right confused and then I circle even more - so Jim did most of the rowing.   But I did a LOT of pulling.  We collected 6 traps - two traps per line -- the lines are like 10 thousand feet of wet rope!!  By the end of the almost 3 hours it took  --- we collected about 8 1/2 pounds of prawns -- and we didn't have to share them with Zack and I required a big dose of Advil. 

Here is what the bucket of live prawns looks like -- these are B.C Spot Prawns.

A bowl of prawn tails -- ready for freezing or cooking.  If we cook them fresh Jim likes to leave some of the heads on the prawns so he can suck the heads --ewwwwww...

I have very little to do with the prawns.  Jim prepares them and then he is the one that makes all seafood dishes in our house. 

He made this Prawn and Salmon Red Thai Curry last weekend -- it was fabulous.  And I make really - really good rice!  So for this I am happy to help out pulling the prawn traps on occasion -- but boy -- my shoulders are still stiff this morning. 

On the quilting front I have been working on the Fat Quarter Shop Civil War BOM.  These are the first two blocks.  I have started cutting out the blocks from Month Two.

Happy National Quilting Day.  I am hoping to do some quilting today - although it is a beautiful sunny day here today and it really is such a shame to be inside.  Maybe I can sit on the deck and hand stitch some Dear Jane blocks......hmmmm.........maybe I need a glass of wine......Happy stitching :)))

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1 comment:

  1. Hope you have recovered from all that hard work. Jim's prawn dish looks delicious.
    Love your new quilt blocks- it will be a very soft and elegant quilt.
    Speaking of quilting, I am determined to go upstairs to pull some fabrics from the shelf to start a new convergence quilt. Maybe even get some blocks squared. Went window shopping on line yesterday to look at Kaffe fabrics- decided they still are pretty expensive and the stash is large enough without adding more fabrics that don't have a plan LOL
    Have a great Sunday.