MacLaren house Wins

Mac Larens house (blue) wins the sports meet of the St. Andrew’s Methodist School in Progress Park yesterday.

Red house came in second.

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frenemies

some people browse through many blogs per day.

would it hurt to leave a comment? just one comment. nothing fancy. I mean how would I know who read my blog?

to those of you who left comments and words of encouragement thanks a million.

free sea food recipe

Grilled lobster
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Ingredients
1 whole lobster
4 tbsps melted butter
2 tbsps lemon juice
1 pinch salt
1 pinch ground pepper (grinding it fresh onto the lobster will make a huge difference)
1 tsp minced garlic (optional)

Directions:

1.Parboil the lobster so you don’t end up with a nicely grilled outside and raw inside. Drop the lobster in a pot of boiling water, remove after five minutes and shock in an ice bath to stop it from cooking any further.

2.Slice the lobster lengthwise all the way through into two halves. Clean out the tomalley (green stuff) from the body.

3.With the same knife, cut small slits in the claws to vent while cooking. Brush the exposed meat with a mixture of melted butter, lemon juice, a little salt and freshly ground pepper, and if you want, some minced garlic.

4.Clean and lightly oil the grill and get your coals at medium heat. Lay the lobster flesh side down and cook for about five minutes. Then turn it over, brush on more lemon butter, and cook shell side down for another five minutes. When finished the meat should be firm and opaque all the way through.

5.Serve with more lemon butter on the side.

Level of Difficulty: Easy

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Barracuda

Appearance and physical description
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The barracuda is a saltwater fish of the genus Sphyraena, the only genus in the family Sphyraenidae, and is found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide ranging from the Eastern border of the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and Caribbean Sea. They are found near the top of the water and near coral reefs and sea grasses.

Barracudas are elongated fish, pike-like in appearance, with prominent, sharp-edged, fang-like teeth, much like piranhas, all of different sizes, set in sockets of their large jaws. They have large, pointed heads with an underbite in many species. Their gill covers have no spines and are covered with small scales. Their two dorsal fins are widely separated, with the anterior fin having five spines, and the posterior fin having one spine and 9 soft rays. The posterior dorsal fin is similar in size to the anal fin and is situated above it. The lateral line is prominent and extends straight from head to tail. The spinous dorsal fin is placed above the pelvic fins and is normally retracted in a groove. The caudal fin is moderately forked with its posterior edged double-curved and is set at the end of a stout peduncle. The pectoral fins are placed low on the sides. Its swim bladder is large.

In most cases, a barracuda is dark blue, dark green, or gray on its upper body, with silvery sides and a chalky-white belly. Coloration varies somewhat between species. For some species, irregular black spots or a row of darker cross-bars occur on each side. Their fins may be yellowish or dusky. Barracudas live primarily in oceans, but certain species, such as the great barracuda, live in brackish water.

Behaviour and Diet

Barracudas are voracious, opportunistic predators, relying on surprise and short bursts of speed (up to 27 mph (43 km/h)) to overtake their prey.
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Adults of most species are more or less solitary. While young and half-grown, fish frequently congregate. Barracudas prey primarily on fish (which may include some as large as themselves). They kill and consume larger prey by tearing chunks of flesh. Barracuda are competitive species and often are seen competing against mackerel, needle fish and sometimes even dolphins for prey.

It is known that Barracuda feed on an array of prey including fishes such as jacks, grunts, groupers, snappers, small tunas, mullets, killifishes, herrings, and anchovies by simply biting them in half. They also seem to consume smaller species of sustenance that are in front of them.

diving tips

Diving

Diving is a fun activity that many people don’t even get to experience. Going under the sea to be able to marvel at the exceptional aquatic sights is an event that many find exhilarating. However, diving is also risky, which is why proper safety precautions must be taken. Divers are not the only ones who should be responsible for safety. Resorts and other companies that offer diving activities must also protect their divers. If not, they can be sued for negligence.

 

Obtain Diving Experience

Divers with more experience will be safer under the water compared with people who have no diving experience or fewer dives. Experience teaches a diver how to react to unexpected circumstances, and it also educates divers about how to be more responsive and careful when it comes to monitoring equipment and marine surroundings. Proper training is, therefore, a very important part of diving. Before anyone dives, he should consider getting certification first. He should get as many shallow dives as possible to be prepared for deep diving. Still, many people are persuaded to dive, especially if they stay in resorts or hotels that offer diving opportunities. Naturally, holidaymakers will want to grab this once-in-a-lifetime chance. In such cases, vacationers can dive. But they have to be careful, and they should take the necessary safety measures. They should only go for shallow dives. This means that they should not go to depths of more than 30 feet. It is also important to dive with a group, and, most especially, with a buddy. More importantly, they should attend a short preparatory training so that they will know how to monitor their equipment and how to do something while in the water.

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what shapes us?

Do you remember your childhood? The good times you had with your parents, the bad times and the in between times?

The times when everything you ask for mommy says no she can’t afford it and Daddy not around?

Some children don’t know how some parents have to make bread out of stone. 

Looking back now I realise that my childhood was not as bad as I thought it to be.

I have moved from childhood to adulthood and nothing much has changed other than the added responsibilities of caring for my self. 

As if that was not enough I now have been elevated from adulthood to adult-parenthood.  I can tell you I had no idea what I was getting into.  You think caring for yourself is a lot of responsibility?  Try taking care of a family. (Wife, kids, cows, goats, sheep, dogs….) You get the idea. Each one depending on you to provide their daily upkeep. 

What keeps us going in times like these? What drives us to keep working and providing for those we love and cherish?  What really shapes our personality and makes us who we are?

I really would not like to see my kids go through the hard times I went through. 

What I did not have they must have.