Yesterday was public holidays in NSW, Australia. With some friends, we went up to Myall Lake, NSW for a long weekend camping. We almost couldn't make it there because I was sick on Friday and it was my wife's turn on Saturday morning (departure date), but luckily I was feeling good enough on Monday to take the two and a half hour drive.
There was lot of traffic so our friends were one our late. We decided to stop at Bulahdelah for lunch and tried Myalla Magic Cafe and were nicely surprised because it reminded us of some old english pub and was serving cream tea. The funny thing is that I asked for “cream tea” and the waiter looked at me weirdly and asked “what is that?”, “you know tea served with scone, jam and cream” I replied, “how do you call it’s here?” I continued. He replied “Devonshire Tea”. Right of course! In Devon, England they call it cream tea but here in Australia, to make it fancy they call it Devonshire Tea .
It was pretty windy but sunny and warm as we arrived. The wind made it a bit tricky to setup the two 10 person tents but we got it done pretty fast. Meanwhile, the ladies were setting up the tables are were getting the food ready for dinner.
Our first dinner was some amazing Vietnamese steamboat, what better than that for a chilly evening?! Despite the windy weather, this camping trip was beginning very well.
The four kids were playing all together in the tent while the parents were chit chatting outside, sipping some hot beverages. We ended up going to bed or rather to sleeping bags early as the lack of internet and mobile network pushed us to listen to our body signals.
The first night was rough! Winds were gusting at 35 km per hour and at some point it was also raining. The tent was noisily flapping in the wind. Later at night it was getting cold and despite my sleeping bag, my bare legs were feeling it. When the sun rose, some stupid animal thought it would be playing the alarm clock to wake us up. I managed to ignore it somehow until 6.30am and woke up to a wonderful weather.
We walk few steps to the the lake and were rewarded with some marvellous landscape.
After breakfast and relaxing in the sun, we all headed to the jetty for a fishing session. On the way, I asked my wife to bring the bread, just in case. Soft 🍞 is one of my favourite fishing bait as several types of local fish like to eat it. I still bought some prawns and beach worms from the local cafe.
We setup the fishing rods for the kids and started fishing without success. I then decided to go for the bread and gave it to the kids. After few casts, I suddenly saw the line of one of the youngest, a five year old girl, moving around in the water, I looked at her and she wasn’t moving the rod: fish on! We were all excited cuz it was a first fishing session. She got scared, her mum helped her but didn’t know much about fishing so ended up giving me the fishing rod and I slowly took the fish back. It was a very decent size mullet in the 30+ cm. Mullets are underrated and very fun fish to catch. They are usually tricky to catch so it was amazing to see a young kid catching it on a setup not made for mullet fishing.
It was starting to rain, everyone went back to camp but me and the girl’s father. We were determined to catch at least 2 more mullets for dinner. I managed to get them and at around 11:30 we went back. The others have had their lunch already as one of the families needed to head back home.
On the way back, I cleaned the fishes and kept them in an esky for later this evening. We spent the afternoon visiting around and walking in the wood full of gumtrees.
San enjoyed the stay and was walking around the camp site stubbornly wearing his t-shirt inside-out 😂
We discovered a little beach of almost white sand. This place is really nice.
As our tummy was crying hungry, we started to grill sausages followed by the fish.
As the chef was cooking, my wife and I went to the lake for some selfies.
The Chef was grilling the three mullets with some broccolini and that looked amazing.
It looked even better when the fish were nicely cooked and golden.
Another night went by and it was even colder than the night before despite the lack of wind and being sunny all day.
The next morning the weather was even better and the lake was calm with almost no waves.
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It’s almost time to pack up and go home. My wife wanted to take a photo of a fallen branch on the sand. It was small it if you get close enough you couldn’t make it look big, she told me. So I helped her come up with a decent composition:
Goodbye Myall Lake, we will definitely come back.
Previously on my Ulog:
- ULOG 095 - Weekly Stats 2018-10-01
- ULOG 092 - A day in the garden
- ULOG 091 - Brewing Aerated Compost Tea
- ULOG 085 - Garden Spring Video Tour
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