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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Fishing for Spring.

The tourists are in town. The few restaurants still open had a tough time on Monday trying to feed the locals and the visitors. Joyce, Ginney and I went to the Wheelhouse after our writers' meeting and expected to sit in our usual corner. We were fortunate; just ten minutes later, the place was jam packed. We are our usual, so not to confuse the waiting staff. I always get "The Platter" a fried seafood combination of cod, halibut, shrimp, scallops and oyster. Five, six pieces of superbly fried fish accompanied by french fries and slaw.

I do not cook fish. I let others do that; in our neck of the woods, they know how to obtain and prepare great seafood. I tried to duplicate the process at home. Now, I stick to my specialties, pastas and grilled everything else.

Tourists will attempt fishing, as the family is doing up on that dock, and they will visit Blanco Lighthouse, Bandon Lighthouse, the Coast Guard quarters, the various antique shops and arts galleries. Some will pay a good sum to golf at Bandon Dunes. If you google Bandon Dunes you too will understand why they charge so much.

Hubby and I will take it easy this week. We'll go to my physical therapy sessions, which are beginning to do me good. We'll let the tourists enjoy the peace and calm of this place. The hatchery( yes, there are hatcheries for different kinds of fish) dropped thousands of trout and other fish in our lakes for the benefit of recreational fishermen. It has been cloudy and chilly, temperatures dipping into the freeze zone at night. My garden has to wait for me to recoup the use of both arms, and for the ground to warm up a bit.

Meantime, we can cast into the lake and hope to have a few trout for dinner.

34 comments:

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

It must be spring break in your area. We had spring break here last week. The weatherman said it was the best weather for the spring breakers in many years. Beautiful sunny days, cool nights, mild daytime temperatures... it was lovely.
The South By Southwest Music and Film Festival was going on with thousands of people flooding into Austin for the event. It is an annual international event and brings in people from all over the globe. We don't go to Austin during SXSW... too many folks. Can't get into a restaurant, a club, or movie theatres. It's great for Austin & the economy thereabouts.
Gerald & I like to fish, but we are catch & release people. The solitude, peace, & quiet of the outdoors is the best part of fishing. Enjoy some quiet time and I hope your shoulder gets better very soon.
Lizzy

lakeviewer said...

Thanks, Cheryl.

Fire Byrd said...

Oh your seafood platter sound delicious. uuummm think I've got some frozen fish in the freezer, not the same, but needs must!
xx

jinksy said...

Lovely fishy overtones to the air today...

Debbie said...

I occasionally try to cook fish. It is harder to do than it looks.

willow said...

I could snarf down "The Platter" right now! My mouth is watering!

david mcmahon said...

Seafood? Did someone say seafood? !!!

karen said...

Great springlike post! A few brave tourists are starting to appear here, too...

Lola said...

Oh c'mon you won't cook seafood? Yes you can, it's fun. And easier than you think. OK, one of the next posts will be an easy fish recipe, I promise. Meanwhile, pass The Platter please. Ciao and buon rilassamento!

Mary said...

Are you saying that you catch the trout and then have someone else cook em? I'm sure you said you don't cook fish. Or was that some kind of metaphor?

valeria said...

Dear Lakeviewer,
I am so glad you like my blog and that, somehow, it makes you feel close to your ancestral country. I hope you keep following! Ciao.- Valeria

An English Shepherd said...

The food sounds great, and much better than the dried food I get :-(

Amy said...

Rosaria,

For some reason when I read this post, it created in me a sense of (for lack of a better word) longing. It made me want to be there, in that restaurant with those tourists, eating with my friends.

I'm glad the therapy is beginning to help. I hope to be starting some soon and hope I'll have good results as well. Being in pain is SUCH a pain!

I love the picture you helped my mind paint with this post.

Amy

marc aurel said...

I love these posts when you bring us up to date with your neck of the woods

Natalie said...

Sounds wonderful to be able to get out and lunch with friends, especially with yummy seafood in the mix. Sounds just what the Dr ordered.

Haven't seen you around for a while, have you decided the age difference is too great? :D

Sarah Laurence said...

Nice view of the lake. Our weather is similar, but mud season scares away the tourists.

Helen said...

Couldn't resist getting back to you re: Charlie ... you totally got his expression! Very impressive I must say. We have had so many changes in our weather over the past few days .... of course that comes with being on the other side of the mountains!

Woman in a Window said...

Nothing like pulling dinner from the world, or to call the waitress over. Either way, it works for me.

Renee said...

I love fish and it is a good thing I wasn't trying to squeeze in at your table becaue you know I would be asking for a little fish and a little frie.

I'm hungry now.

For supper I had chocolate covered almonds and hickory stick chips.

Horrible.

Glad you are on the mend. Have you been moaning and acting up for extra sympathy from your husband.

Love Renee xoxo

Chairman Bill said...

Looks idyllic.

French Fancy said...

That platter sounds delicious. I also leave the cooking of fish to experts - I can fry a fillet and that is about it, but our favourite restaurant which has just got its first Michelin star has the best fish dishes in the world.

Anyway, we also live in an area which is packed with tourists in the holiday season. As proud as I am of this part of France, I must admit to finding the tourists a bit of a nuisance - hark at me, I'm not even home grown.

Lori ann said...

Spring break/tourist season has begun here too, a mix of love/dread. I guess it's that way in most tourist towns,the price we pay for living in a beautiful place! Enjoy your fish.

The Things We Carried said...

That looks lie a really great place to live.

I have never been good at cooking fish, though I love it.

I am very anxious to get in my garden too and we are still cold here.
I hope you can recover enough to get working as soon as the earth is warm enough!

Thank you so much for the comments at my blog!

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

Aw can I come for lunch with you one day?! ;-)

lakeviewer said...

Hi folks,
Thank you for waving at me during this spring break. We moved up here from California for Oregon's natural beauty, and its many recreational opportunities.

We do end up purchasing just-off-the-boat crab and salmon, and have learned to cook these especially when we have company.

Enjoy your spring, anyway you get it in your neck of the woods.

It is sunny and pleasant, and I'm following doctor's orders to sit on the deck and soak in the sun.

Renee said...

Hello Darling -- did I tell you I am still sitting in a snow storm that has been going on for over two days.

Anyway back to the Catholic fandango.

I still consider myself Catholic and if you can believe it I still get peace when I go to Mass (which is basically never). But I do like Good Friday Mass.

I feel closest to it, of course because that is what I was raised in, but I love the popm and circumstance of the place. I like the holy water, the kneeling. I guess what I really like is the ceremony.

I don't believe any of their dogma.

On the other hand when a born again Christian comes to my door or if I knew one from work and they are 'Jesus this or that....'

An example:

Evangelical comes to my door and rings the bell.

'Hello' "Yes" 'You need to be born again' "Fuck off"

Nice aren't I?

Love you and have a good day. Okay, come to think of it, lets start the 'union of sane folks'.

I want you to be captain and I will be your minion.

xoxoxo

Maggie May said...

I do love fish but could not bring myself to catch any. I guess I like to leave that to others!

C. Michael Cox said...

Found you over at "In Through The Back Door" - Your post reminds me of our days living in New Hampshire and traveling up to Maine to see the lighthouses.

I like your profile comments. So many people fade into the sunset, but it sounds like you have made a decision to remain relevant and engaged. I applaud your willingness to stay involved.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

It sounds idyllic and the temperatures aside, not too unlike my recent foray away.
And I'm with you, I can't do seafood justice either - much better for someone else to prepare it!

Dave King said...

Such interesting, civilised posts you give us. Delightful.

janis said...

Want to make sure I am checking in ( : Thank you for the lovely comment on my last post. Oh, to live in a little touristy town! I envy! And I am hungry! The platter sounds yummy! Being Friday & Lent... makes me want to go stop and get a bite before work this evening! I hate cooking fish! I end up stinking the house and it is never that tasty. My youngest is in Florida enjoying great seafood this week ( :

Renee said...

Have a lovely weekend back in the real world. xoxo

Angela Recada said...

I'm with you - I also leave the cooking of fish to the experts. The delicacy of fish scares me and I either overcook them or break the flesh. I can handle salmon patties and tuna sandwiches, but very little else when it comes to seafood. Your platter sounds delicious!

Your part of Oregon sounds lovely, as does your writers' group. I've always thought I'd enjoy living in an area tourists like to visit.

The word verification for this comment is "crows" - how lovely!

Aliadelaide said...

Love the"mind picture" of the seafood platter,like you I don't cook fish...why imitate the experts.It's the same with pastry for me. Your local meeting place sounds a bit like a small restaurant/cafe dh and I frequented in Nuku'alofa 25 odd years ago.It was only open for a short time and that just happened to be during the window of time we were there! Places that create memories great!!
Glad to hear the physio is helping!