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Killing Time in Derby....and Mud Crabbing

Written on: Wednesday July 25th, 2007

A journal entry from: Elective

After lunch, we went to meet Angela Fisher, the poor lady who's been lumped with John Boulton's workload after he arranged our electives but then buggered off somewhere else, and told nobody that we were coming - what an arse. Anyway, Angela has been brilliant, and arranged loads of stuff for us to do, so hopefully we'll be kept entertained!

Over the coming weeks, we are also going to try and get out with the Royal Flying Doctors Service, as they operate from here, flying around the whole Kimberley region. It's rare to be able to get anywhere on elective with the RFDS, so we'll be really lucky if we do get on a flight. It will also test my theory of whether small planes are better for my phobia, or far, far worse!

After an afternoon of mainly lazing around, having a swim, and then heading back to the house, we had been invited crabbing for the night, out on Derby Jetty. Crabbing involves using a net that collapses into itself when laid out on the floor, and bait for the crabs. Apparently mud crabs are partial to bones, so we took along a rotting bag of beef bones. The smell was absolutely gut-wrenching, and we stayed as far away from the rancid meat as possible, but the wind still blew the stench our way unfortunately.

After throwing the nets into the water, we sat around and waited. And waited. And waited. Every now and then, we pulled up a net to see if we'd caught anything, but the going was slow, so we mainly just chatted instead. It was freezing up on the jetty, despite the warm jumper I had on, so everyone was shivering. We all got to know each other a little bit better though, and a couple of the girls were from Broome, so they gave us some hot spots for when we go back and visit on the weekends.

We managed to catch a tiny crab, but Duncan made the executive decision that it was far to small to eat, and we threw the lucky crab back into the water. In all honesty, I don't think I could have watched the guys kill it anyway - I'm all heart, aren't I? Ha!

We went back to our respective houses at around 10pm, as we had an early start at the hospital the next day. It was certainly a very 'different' night, and I'm sure there will be plenty more interesting nights to come.