I was pleased that this our last day in Struisbaai produced good fishing weather. Earl and Yasin were up early and gone. Shahieda and I slept in late. In the early hours of this morning their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren had arrived but I had not heard a thing.
They were all up and about by 9 and we enjoyed getting to know each other. Today is Yasin’s birthday and his kids just needed to be here to wish him.
Yasin’s birthday wish was to catch a big yellow-tail – not a tiddly little one like those he got yesterday – and yes – he got 12, the biggest being quite to his satisfaction at about 7kg.
He thought it hilarious that Earl once again caught very little.
While the men were at sea Shahieda had already begun to prepare for Yasin’s birthday lunch. She was cooking up a storm and I didn’t like to interfere! After all there is years of training in producing a good Cape Malay meal – they girls learn at their mother’s knee, and then perfect the art!
Before lunch was served Earl and I took Nilfah and the girls, Amirah and Ayesha to the beach for a swim. Amirah loves the water but the sea was like a washing machine again today and she found the the waves a little scary. She rushed out after a few minutes but her cousin encouraged her back in and then she thoroughly enjoyed herself.
We returned in time to be served an amazing meal – there was lamb currie, rooties, braaied chicken, potato salad and garlic bread – enough to feed four families!
We just tucked in – after my third helping I said, ‘I think I’m going to convert,’ You’ll need a scarf, joked Shahieda.
Wow what a meal. And that was not all – There is trifle to follow but we’re all too full to indulge now so are watching TV, playing computer games or sleeping.
There was also trifle made by Shahieda.