Saturday was all gardening and hacking and slashing (have I mentioned how much I love my niwashi?) followed by some adagio training which partly involved surfing on my partner's back, followed by fish and chips in the lounge, followed by the Kiwiburn afterburn party, at which Tangle, Dangle and Mangle put in an appearance and also Dr Wheel ran round dressed in a pink striped Cheshire Cat onesie and I had a very late night *ahem*.
And not in the "Oh ick no Tats!" kind of way either. Actual watersports.
We took the boats down to Shelly Bay and decided to just go for a test paddle. The blue boat is a whitewater sit-in style and doesn't have a rudder. This makes it really manoeuvrable, but it's hard to paddle in a straight line. And because of the way you're jammed into it, it can cause numbness in the legs and feet. So we ended up only paddling maybe a couple of kilometres, but it was enough to give it a good test. Check out Dr Wheel!
After a while we rafted up side by side and I chucked my berley bag over the side and drifted along. In a kayak it's not very often you can do this because the wind moves you too fast for real drifting. Yesterday was beautifully still though, and it was pleasant sitting out on the water, and having company as well.
The fish weren't biting so we decided to head back in. Dr Wheel paddled off while I set up a lure to do a big circular sweep around the bay. Turns out the fishing boat goes faster than the whitewater one despite being wider and heavier, because it goes straight. Anyway, I threw my remaining berley into the water to get rid of it, started to paddle, took 4 strokes and wham! Fish.
Finally! The first takeable-homeable fish for Turtle. Excitement and flailing followed complete with fish leaping out of water and me drifting perilously close to the shore while faffing, but LOOK! FISH!
Of course Dr Wheel missed the whole thing and I took a lot longer than expected to get to shore, but when I did I was able to be all casual - "Oh by the way I caught a fish" - all the while exploding with excitement.
We had it for dinner last night, seasoned with self-congratulatoriness, and it was delicious.
Meanwhile, Dr Wheel hasn't decided whether to persist with the Cosmic and just get used to frustration and discomfort when paddling with me for the sake of being able to surf it, or to invest in a sit-on-top boat with a rudder. Of course, there's no reason he can't have both, eh? Since, you know, the Cosmic is already there... *nudge nudge*
Oh yeah, and I started furring up Muttley. I would have finished furring her up but I got sidetracked with CATCHING A FISH and also cleaning up after CATCHING A FISH and then EATING A FISH so I still have about 2/3 of her to do, but look - progress!
I have started learning Finnish vocab on the flash cards. I have discovered that Finnish has a lot of as in it. Well actually a lot of aas. And that my memory works a lot better with things that are unique and distinct rather than trying to remember the difference between antaa (to give), ottaa (to take), and ostaa (to buy). And then adding on a couple of letters (more bloody vowels) to make odottaa (to wait). I guess it's like any new set of concepts, until your mind starts to assign real meaning to them, they just all look the same. Never mind my attempt to memorise the Cyrillic alphabet. O.o
But I'm doing well on the geography. I now know that the capital of Kazakhstan is Astana and that it's really big. And next door to Mongolia. Which is a whole lot more than I knew before..