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Menologue; The OZ Venture

Leaving Scotland Island, we took Sally's own boat. She was the only one to get the boat licence ... the boys just let her do the driving so they could do the drinking 'n' fishing! There are no vehicles on the island other than a few community wheels for transportation of heavy goods; virtually every resident has a boat of some sort or relies on the foot ferry. Consequently, there are a significant number of jetties for mooring...

They are also of quite some length, for the 'shelf' is wide and shallow.

Sal's berth is at the very end of the jetty assigned to her part of the neighbourhood and there was a big drop down into it from the metal ladder... so she brought it round to the passenger 'terminal' where there are concrete stairs and the YAMster could go aboard without risk of a dunking.

Cap'n Sal
I loved that Sally wore a fish-scale-effect blouse...

We safely moored over at the mainland and transferred to car, then drove South, through the city, over to Lugarno, on the George's River. About a 90-minute run.

We were meeting up with Denise, who was driving up from the South. The venue was an old-fashioned Italian seafood restaurant. One of those which looks well dodgy from the exterior but provides the most wonderful experience inside. The waiters were all men over fifty (am being generous here) and it was full silver-service.

This was one of those 'slap-up' occasions. Denise was gradually recovering from all the kerfuffle of Norma's funeral arrangements and Sally was ready for a good feed... I just needed to find the vegetarian options, which were few. It was a fish place after all! However, I opted for using the 'side dish' of Rockette, Pear and Parmesan Toss (balsamic, honey dressing) as my starter and then the 'starter' of home-made bocconcini as my main - four pieces, you wonder? Let me tell you, it was rich, it was creamy, it was out-of-this-world delicious, and with those hand-cut, thrice-cooked hot chips added, more than enough for the YAMster!!!

...somehow found space inside to drop a creme broulee after all this too...

It was a lingering and delightful lunch, after which Sally drove me all the way back to Emm's place (they know each other), staying for tea.

Have I mentioned that Sally is the head of finance for the Australian branches of Pandora? A job she loves and keeps her very busy. Not my kinda wearable really, but it seems to be popular.

Tomorrow, some remaining pictures from this day will join remaining pictures from the QVB Merle-meet. Do come back and view them!


  1. All sounds very yummy, but me, boats and food do not go together.

  2. I recognize all those baubles from my granddaughter's "jewel" cases. What a lovely afternoon with lovely ladies, good food, good talk. My kind of day.

  3. Oh those foodables..yum, yum, droooool!!!!
    Sounds like a funs day Aunty Yam
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. one of the things I was so disappointed about when I was last home and in Sydney in particular - was how hard it was to find good old Australian tucker - just about everywhere we went was Asian inspired cuisine which along with Mexican food its something I avoid at all costs (I am allergic to any kind of peppers) which is found in both

  5. Crikey ..... get a load of those chips!!! How good do THEY look????? Mum wants to know the name of the restaurant. It looks great. How good was the creme brulee?? Mum LOVES cream brulee almost as much as I like icecream.

  6. it was great to read about such a fab boat trip :o) can you share a recipe of this tasty snack please? I want to try it too :o)

  7. It's tough in many places, to find vegetarian. Sometimes easier for hubby to find non-dairy, no yeast or egg dishes! He always falls back on fish & chips! What a fun time. I love your verbiage, 'dodgy' is an expression we could use lots here, too!!!! xx

  8. WE noticed Cap'n Sal's Blouse RIGHT AWAY... Very Nautical...
    OMD that LUNCHEON... a Feast fur the EYES and the Taste Buds...

  9. To live on an island an take a boat like one takes a car for a run a round must be fun. Why the ocean has no lanes of traffic. To hear no sounds of cars must be weirdly odd but I sure would love to give it a try. The food looks yummy and lunch with friends is a delight.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  10. That looks delicious! And we love the idea of a boat license. Is it a license that you test for or just pay for permission?

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley


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