... and some destinations for the years ahead.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Canoes were an essential part of fishing, particularly for women who sat in them to fish, using hooks and lines.
A small fire was kept alight on a bed of clay or seaweed in the canoes. This kept everyone warm during cold weather and enabled them to cook fish while in the canoe.
No bark canoes from the Sydney region survive."
"The canoes in which they fish are as despicable as their huts, being nothing more than a large piece of bark tied up at both ends with vines. Their dexterous management of them, added to the swiftness with which they paddle and the boldness that leads them several miles in the open sea, are, nevertheless, highly deserving of admiration. A canoe is seldom seen without a fire in it, to dress the fish by as soon as caught." ( Captain Watkin Tench, 1788 )
Punching out through the shorebreak towards the Heads.
This beautiful mackerel with its spotted / opalescent skin was caught by Tony in "boiling" water off North Head.
The weathered faces of Sydney's sandstone cliffs have seen many paddlers come and go.
With the Nor-easter filling in, Tony sets his Polynesian-inspired sail while simultaneously trolling the mackeral for larger game.
" I wonder if I could light a fire on-board ?"