Saturday, April 3, 2010

Not Quite According To Plan

Posted by MANDI at 7:14 PM
We have been having the most glorious weather here. It's the beginning of April and we're still enjoying temps in the high 20's for crying out loud. Yes, we desperately need rain and yes, I'm kind of sick of salads and am looking forward to the kinds of foods that cooler weather brings but we've been determined to enjoy every last minute of sunshine and warmth while it lasts. With that in mind we thought we'd head out for a picnic on the river and take the boat out for a run.

All went well until we hit this point. See there, where the boats are moored?

That's where the boat stopped. Yes, stopped. Dead in the middle of the river. Phhttt. And, despite Hubby's best attempts (and possibly some not terribly polite language) it wouldn't go again. I think every person in Perth who has a boat was away for the Easter weekend. The river was the most quiet we've ever seen it. We sat there for ages and no-one went past. Finally Hubby decided he'd pull out the oars and row. He made it to the markers (on the edge of the pic) before the wind picked up and, regardless of his valiant attempts, we were being blown backwards and into seriously shallow water.

And finally someone came to our rescue. They were in a boat that, by rights, shouldn't have towed ours. It was a gorgeous little thing that reminded me of the kind of groovy speedboats you'd find in old-fashioned Elvis movies. They dragged us over to the boat-ramp and, after we had given them our heartfelt thanks, we waited for Poppy to come to our rescue. He collected Hubby, drove him to the boat ramp where the car and trailer were parked, several km's away, and then back Hubby came to collect the boat, the wife and the kids.

And then we went home again. Don't say we don't have adventures!


Dr. Alice on April 4, 2010 at 3:57 AM said...

Sorry to hear your boating day didn't go so well! I'm glad you were rescued by the helpful bypassing boaters.

I am posting because I have a recipe request: how do you make a salad sandwich? They aren't really a recognized concept here in the States. I can guess it involves lettuce, tomato, etc. but is there a "classic" version? Regional variants? It sounds interesting.

Red Dirt Mummy on April 4, 2010 at 7:42 AM said...

Aha, the humble (or not so humble!) salad sandwich. I'm thinking it's more made to taste rather than any classic or regional versions, though others might like to offer their opinions on that. I hate tomato so always leave that out but I love olives so add them in for extra flavour. Pretty much whatever salad-type stuff, along with cheese, we have in the fridge goes in - shredded lettuce, grated carrot, thinly sliced cucumber, slivers of capsicum (bell pepper), a tiny bit of red onion. Use your preferred spread on the bread - butter, margarine, mayo, etc)and remember to put the wet ingredients (ie tomato, cucumber) in the very middle so your bread doesn't go soggy :)

Melody on April 4, 2010 at 12:26 PM said...

Good old Poppy to the rescue! What an adventure! At least the kids will be able to tell all their buddies back at school how they got stuck in the river in a boat.

Chicken Willow on April 4, 2010 at 6:12 PM said...

Boating would be boring if the boat just kept working all the time!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on April 5, 2010 at 4:47 PM said...

Aww good to hear that you are safe and saved! :D Have a good few days off!

Dr. Alice on April 6, 2010 at 2:02 PM said...

Thanks, I'll give salad sandwiches a try this summer!


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