We've just had friends for dinner. They were very tough and had to be stewed for a while. Not that ALL South Africans are cannibals all of the time, it's just the price of meat here. And we've run out of enemies to cook :-). Heh. Which is why we served fish and calamari, and had a nice bottle of riesling. The cats were mightily certain we were cooking fish for them. The meal was fun -it's been a while since we entertained. Still, it is at times like this - after dinner, that you realise how nice having someone come in to do the dishes was. Anyway, we gradually piece together more of the island people - hear of people who make wind turbines and cut the blades with a chainsaw. Nothing like precision tools ;-). Sounds like my dad's Free State micrometer - a 4 pound hammer.
We got told of someone who has a cow and calf to sell - we want to do our own milk and our own chooks - but the time and cost might be too much right now - as the veg need a lot too.
I've decided - as I am going to be very busy writing for the next while, that I need to set up a project list or I will simply never get to any of these.
At the moment a crab-catching expedition,
a scallop scouting expedition - I still have to see them underwater and alive - have found a lot of fresh shells. Season is closed, but I would like to find them.
getting and hanging a mullet net. Got a reply and a price from Haverford.
A razor-clam expedition.
As sort of longer term projects prawns and eels need to be looked into, as does the big mincer. I want to get some wallaby, and turkey and do some sausage.