Ok, busy couple of days. We went sale-ing on Saturday morning and it showed me all over again, how wise we were to choose the island. Not many places where, after two and a half years, when there are about 200 people at a garage (well, we've sold the farm, and we have a lifetime of junk/stuff to get rid of.) sale and you will know and greet a good 180 of them. And chat. And some of you will be trying to spot bargains... and others will be trying to avoid the management (she just wants to talk to you about that 'bargain'... and if you wait long enough she'll find another mathom-of-more-use). Anyway, I came away with a box net-weights (lead) - about 18-20kg for $5 - should make a lot of sinkers or dive weights or even... net weights (if I ever do the seine net thing, or restring my graball). And a stock of bolts, nuts, nails and oddments - for $6, including roofing nails. And a tow -hitch sans ball - slowly we move toward things we need (a way to tow the lawn-mower with our ute, and a way to tow the boat, if we find the bits for the trailer, if get a decent outboard - all of which will happen in time, we hope. Some of which requires priority management.)
The weather, which started fine, went downhill. So it was pretty miserable when Norman took me out to shoot a pheasant. Which I did. No this is NOT easy. I have an experienced guide. Later we determined to shoot some Wallaby for mince for my trusty guide's wife. Much driving about in mud ensued. I still have to do quite a lot of practice at this. Anyway, 5 were shot, some well, and some I-am-not-very-good-at-this-yet. I conclude more practice is needed.
Today we went up to Jamie's place on the ridge and had lunch of crayfish, chips and salad. The biltong is still drying, but is edible. I'm not totally happy with this batch, but it's a start. Wallaby is usable, and a proper drying box with flymesh and a real door will be built. And we move onward.