And so the 2013 fishing begins…

What a strange Winter and Spring it has been – it feels like we’ve barely been outside but the period from New Year to now has flown by.  Thankfully our boat didn’t need much work on it this year – well, there are always things that my husband wants to do.  Grand future projects that impress me no end with his incredible vision but for now he serviced the engine, re-painted inside and out and mended a few errant parts.  All in all we got to see a lot more of him than we did previous winters – and how lovely was that!

So, come the beginning of April the boat was ready to go into the water…and joy of joys, it snowed as it was going in and what’s more shocking – the sea was only 4˚C!  That’s very cold for the time of year and sadly it meant that the mackerel were definitely not biting.

Did I tell you our exciting news?  No 1 son is getting married next month and we’re all looking forward to it enormously, especially our daughter who is a bridesmaid.  The master plan was for my husband to catch enough mackerel for the starter.  The bizarre seasons did not help – in fact they kiboshed the plan completely.

Instead my husband settled for a few gentle trips on the boat, a little more work on the engine and a more relaxed aim to catch anything that would jump onboard.  The week before the wedding, he managed to land 6 fish (1 Black Bream and some unknown fish that we think are Pouting). So we couldn’t supply the wedding but we could start the fish season in style and enjoy the catch.  I look forward to many more fish this year, especially the onboard sushi’d Mackerel.

Fresh mackerel

 

Have you tried fresh mackerel?  No come on, I don’t mean fish you’ve just brought from the supermarket or fishmonger.  I mean the fish that has been just caught from the sea.  OK, I’m very lucky I know a slightly crazy and friendly fisherman (ie husband!) who likes to head out to sea at the weekends.  He has a particular penchant for catching mackerel which is fantastic as they’re one of my favourite fish.  One weekend a few years ago he came back with 74 fish!  We ended up distributing them to friends up and down our street and filling our freezer.

He’s since tried to focus on catching other fish – sea bream, sea bass and plaice amongst others.  They’re great and quite delicious but I think the difference between supermarket and fresh mackerel is so significant I would be as happy as Larry just to get a net full of those each week.

One of our favourite ways to spend the evening is sitting on our boat in the mooring eating freshly caught and lightly cooked mackerel as the sun goes down.

As the season comes to an end, we’ve had far too few evenings eating fresh fish on our boat but our freezer is full of mackerel and so I raise a glass to the produce of the sea and my husband for bringing it home to us.  Here’s to next season and better weather.

 

Produce from the sea!

Happy, happy us!  After toiling away on his boat (he loves it!) my husband came back with a cooler full of yummy Mackerel.  Sadly they’re the first of the season but excitingly, they’re really here and plentiful.

I am so looking forward to tea tonight – grilled mackerel with new potatoes and fresh broad beans from the garden.  It really doesn’t get much better than that!  Well, maybe if I’d got fresh garden potatoes but I’m probably being greedy!

Have a look at these and wish you lived close enough for us to pop in and give you some! 😉

Sneaky few hours off…

Ah, the joy of the sun!  It makes you want to be outside and just relax.  I didn’t quite do that but I did manage to take a few hours off to be outside.  Strangely enough it wasn’t time in the garden – I did some work on our boat.

As we head towards summer, this blog will probably have more boat stories in it.  I hope you enjoy them as the fishing boat is another one of our diversions.  I guess the boat is my husband’s obsession whilst the garden and now, chickens are mine.  Luckilly we both enjoy each other’s and in the summer months divide our leisure time between the two.

My husband has spent pretty much every weekend of the winter working on the boat.  He’s an amazingly skilled workman and has enrolled his fantastic sons to help when he needed extra manpower.  I am biased but he’s done an incredible job – completely removing the existing cabin and building another one with better visibility and much, much more style!

We’d been visiting periodically over the winter but it’s hard to spend much time with someone who is so focused on a job that they can’t really stop or the glue will harden or the measurements will be forgotten!

With other priorities over recent weekends I hadn’t seen it for a week or two, but I’d promised him that I’d go to the boat and help clean up the dust and dirt before he returned this weekend to give it one last coat of paint.

What a change – the boat looked amazing.  Fresh paint in the cabin made it look like it would fit in perfectly in Greece – not as a boat but as a house on the edge of an island.  The gorgeous blue floor, bright white walls and beautiful teak finish were stunning.

My job was a mundane, simple one but it was a pleasure to contribute something to all this hard work.  I enjoyed being in the sun for a few hours and hope it’s helped my husband move his project forward quicker…I, for one, can’t wait to get on the water!