Sunday, 4 March 2012

Noodles

Well its been a week now that I have been onboard, and like most things when you get on a new boat, you feel a bit like a spare part, as you find you are continually walking down the wrong corridors to get wherever you thought your Cabin was, or you don't know where to find the simplest tool, or in my case, work out where the hell they hide files on their joke of a computer network....every boat is very different, and very individual.

Mancora Beach
Jetty and Fishing Boats..oh, and a Horse.
So its always nice to find a piece of continuity somewhere across every Boat you visit, and in my case the humble Noodle is that piece of continuity, which gives me that warm and cosy feeling of belonging, when I am offshore.
Noodles, are the staple diet in Seismic as far as i can gather, especially for those of us who work erratic hours, and miss meals occasionally. They are also the staple diet for the night shift who has to struggle to find any nutrition whatsoever, in the limited, and completely unoriginal choice of breakfast they are given each day half way through their shift. If you don't like Fried Eggs, you really should not be sailing on a Seismic boat and working nights !

Knackered Fishing Boats

However the noodle, to anyone in Seismic, is a serious dining experience. Firstly, they mainly come in little square fluorescent packages of loveliness, delighting in such names as "Mama Tans Noodle Plan", or on this Vessel "Sopa Maruchan !"; the colours of the packaging gently hinting at the levels, and quality of the E components found within. Secondly each Noodle pack contains up to 3, yes 3 small sealed packets of yummy chemicals, some powder, and some liquid, which when opened and combined with boiling water, produce complete gastronomic euphoria in the lucky individual who is consuming the said concoction. Finally, they are just so easy to make.....even Jeff my old Flatmate at college, who we once caught putting Corned Beef in the Oven to roast, could make a bowl of noodles, as all it takes is boiling water.

Pterodactyl
Fish and Chips tonight ?

 Anyway, enough of the rambling and on to the photos. These were all taken at Mancora, which apparently, so I have been told, attracts the Surf Dudes and attached Groupies, although I couldn't see a lot of wave action (or Groupies) for the short time I was there. What was there though, was some of the Fish Flinging Fleet, and plenty of Fisherman catching various bits and pieces from the shore, including one lucky fellow who had caught himself a Ray of some kind, and was happy to pose with it. Circling in the Skies above, were some fairly large birds, not unlike Pterodactyls, who would occasionally swoop down, and take off the Beach the odd Fish when the Fishermans back was turned, as they sharpened their gutting knives on the rocks. Unfortunately the light, although bright, was polluted with a general haze caused by the midday sun, so the Photos don't "pop", but they are a nice reminder nevertheless of the end of an interesting journey before heading out to the Boat.


16 comments:

  1. So... remind me never to accept a diner invitation that involves 'Mama Tans Noodle Plan' or something similar. Sounds revolting. But if you say it's not... no, still don't believe you ;-)

    Love the shot of the 'Pterodactyl' and its shadow.

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    1. You will never know what you are missing...

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  2. They are beautiful photos regardless of any haze. I always love seeing the ocean.

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    1. Thanks Al, they are still good memories, and sometimes we forget that that's what photos are, technically good or otherwise.

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  3. Hello P!
    What a lovely blog you have! I try to keep the odd discordant muttering out of my blog since that is mostly what is in my normal working day.
    Most of the photos on my blog (the best ones anyway) are taken by my English husband, Richard, but the superior writing (ahem) is all ME!
    Kay

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    1. Thanks Kay for the explanation of labour (labor), its obviously a team effort that works just great.

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  4. I think I would pass on that fish, and just stick with the chips. Great photos.

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    1. Cheers Dino, pass the vinegar...

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  5. i scrolled down and checked out the other posts. your photos are marvelous.

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    1. Appreciate very much the comment Photo Cache.

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  6. Thanks for visiting my blog, I loved the photos on yours! I am going to scroll through the rest of the pictures, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Likewise, your Blog is inspirational.

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  7. This is some really good stuff. Love your writing style and the photos are marvelous. Took me awhile to ascertain you are NOT on holiday in Peru. Count me on as a follower! And thanks for visiting my blog. Lynda

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    1. Lynda, Thanks for the kind words and becoming a follower. I wish i was on holiday in Peru is all I can say, its a fascinating Country from what little I have seen of it.

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  8. You certainly lead an adventurous life! Love your photos, too! Thanks for visiting my blog...Enjoy the week - wherever you may be!

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    1. I am on a floating prison, that's how exciting it really is !! Thanks for your kind comments.

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