Friday, February 18, 2011

The Lake, Smoked Trout and Yabbies...

View to the town of Eildon and Pondages
from Mt. Pininger
We live another 2km down the valley
to the left of the picture 

We were on our way to dinner, just 2km away,
when we decided to take a detour
to show you our lake

Another glimpse of the town

Lake Eildon
the fullest it's been since 1996
Now at 80% capacity;
one year taken down as low as 8%

Power lines rocketed to the other side
There are 800 houseboats on the lake

It has a 515km shoreline
and is seven times bigger than Sydney Harbour

We back-tracked to our destination
- here's the 21st C wheelbarrow
with its 19th C wheel
- our friend can turn his hand to anything!

And to a delectable dinner
of salads, smoked trout
and yabbies


Betsy said...

yabbies? are those shrimp or crayfish? That dinner looks scrumptious!

800 it's so beautiful, too!

maggie's garden said...

The photos are breathtaking! So absolutely beautiful there. And what a meal! Thanks so much for the feast for the eyes...its been windy and so dreary here today. Spring like temps...but gloomy your photos were such a welcome site. Did the trout come from Lake Eldon?

alaine@éclectique said...

Betsy...yes, the yabby is a small freshwater crayfish. Some were smoked over Mountain Ash shavings, while the others were boiled in malt vinegar with garlic and chives....all very tasty!

alaine@éclectique said...

Maggie....glad to brighten your day! We still have hot days but this week have experienced some early autumnal days...Autumn begins on March 1st.

The trout were caught in the Goulburn River nearby.

Steven Cain said...

I'm so glad you took the long route. What a lake... beautiful. And your friend's place... I love the landscaping. And the food looks divine. Another couple of weeks and I'll have asparagus. Sadly, no Yabbies.

Lyn said...

Don't know yabbies, but that plateful of yummies sure looks delish. And thanks for the beauty of the pics that brought us to it!!

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven Cain...their garden is magnificent; all their own planning and hard work. Asparagus is a favourite of mine. My uncle grew it for the market years ago.

Anonymous said...

Your countryside looks beautiful. I especially like that breathtaking first photo: it makes me think of 19th Century watercolours of Australian landscapes, complete with picturesque gum trees in the foreground.

steven said...

alaine your blog has suddenly leapt into a whole newspace of its own creation. it's so lovely. the photos are gorgeous and the food is well so very very good looking. steven

alaine@éclectique said... is a pretty place. Those gums in the photo are giants growing on a very steep slope.

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven...whenever I'm thinking of quitting, someone such as you comes forth with such encouragement...thank you!

Nancy said...

What a lovely place you inhabit! The dinner looked delectable. Lucky you! We are looking at around two to three feet of new snow. I kind of like it though. It's cleansing.

Wanda..... said...

The lake views were gorgeous, especially under that cloud filled sky. So enjoyed the views of the area, Alaine!

ruthie said...

Wow, now that is some lake! beautiful. It reminds me of looking down lochness! Those are truly beautiful , breathtaking views you are showing us. I had not heard of yabbies before & had to look that one up! Yum.

lvroftiques said...

Merci Alaine for your visit. It's a pleasure to come here and soak up the beautiful view...I have to say I'm feeling a little hungry too! *winks* Please pass the yabbies? I'd never heard of them before but they look delicious! Vanna