Farewell to the tropics

After a fantastic week in Innisfail I’ve said goodbye to Marty and my adopted family, Linda, Harvey and Emma.

They’ve been fantastic hosts and I’m going to miss them all very much. I hope they’ll consider taking-on the ice and freezing temperatures of the UK one day so I can repay their hospitality.

I’ve learnt shed loads of stuff from Marty since I’ve been here, not just about fishing and farming in the tropics, but about other key aspects of life in Australia too:

– Dealing with mosquitoes requires a good slap, not a gentle nudge.

– It only takes one cast of the line to catch a fish.

– If the above doesn’t work, it only takes 15 minutes to catch a fish.

Marty and a barra

– If you catch a fish, it’s best not to let the barramundi farmer get it off the hook for you unless you want your catch to escape.

– The best-loved bird of a barramundi farmer is a shag (Marty insisted I took a photo of this cute little fella because he’s such a huge fan).

Shag

– Anything below 25 degrees is arctic conditions and requires appropriate dress – a woolly jumper should do the trick.

– Tops on Australian beer bottles are not made for flipping off. You also don’t need to get out of your car to buy beer if you can’t be bothered.

– To peel a prawn quickly, first snap off the head, loose the legs, then squeeze the tail. The inaugural Innisfail Prawn-Peeling Championship proved it’s definitely the best way to do it. Sorry, Jeff…

In all seriousness, I can’t thank Marty, his family and friends enough for the awesome week I’ve had. If the rest of my trip is only half as good as this week, I’m going to be one very lucky gal.

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