Shoulders gently smouldering from unwonted exposure to UV, generally befuddled and dazed. All through a few hours in the sun in the middle of the day – not something we'd normally do. However, today was the Fishing day.
Oh yes, I'd signed up to fishing classes for kids at the Maritime museum and had persuaded Anna and family to come along as well. Started at 11 and finished at 2 – heat of day on a very hot day.
In the meantime, we also learned how to string a rod, tie hooks on properly, and (ahem) cast a line from a fishing rod... that is to say, if you use the term 'learned' in the very, very loosest sense. I actually managed to catch the Maritime Museum on one occasion (by the roof) and for the rest of the time the line seemed to drift uncontrollably with the wind. Frankly, the distance those rods get the lines I think we're better off just using the old fishing line rolled onto polystyrene and throwing it out, never mind all the palaver of the rods. Plus he didn't use an floats, so the hooks kept sinking to the bottom and snagging on the seaweed. And I'm sure the hooks we used would have caught a small shark at the very least - why we were using those monsters to angle for tiddlers off Newcastle Quay is a small mystery but hey, we had a good time. The Littles was, incidentally, surprised to learn (as I was) that you're allowed to bag one tiger shark per fishing trip. I tried to reassure her this wasn't a problem we would be encountering in the near future. She still seemed a bit worried.
Anyway, we were good and cooked by about 2 p.m. and went off to get an ice-cream at Scratchleys (W&W will remember the place that we got fish and chips and took it home). Surprisingly, the Littles chose a flavour and actually ate quite a bit of it. I probably ended up having about a half because it was running everywhere, and half of the rest ended up on both me and her but the rest she actually ate. She might finally be turning into a normal child. Rarely have you seen (or felt) anything so sticky.
Not entirely sure what happened to the rest of the day. It was the kind of day that was so hot I filled up the bathtub with cold water and jumped in. Encouraged Littles to do so as well but she refused, deciding to go round the place in a constant sheen of sweat. Kind of like body glitter in the right light, might become the next celebrity look, like puffy lips. 'Get your false sweat applied here. Guaranteed to last for 3 months. As worn by Brittney Spears. Only $599 per face, $1,500 for whole body makeover.'