Saturday, 22 December 2012

Man Versus Fish

And Fish won!What a day to go fishing,It was pouring down and howling with wind when I got up today and if the truth be told,I did not fancy it one bit.But you know how it is,you arrange to go and you cannot really back out.

Arriving at first light we lingered longer by the van  than normal,both really not wanting to brave the elements.Gruff chose the far bank while I scuttled off to find some shelter from the wind on the near bank.This collection of lakes are stream fed and Gruff crossed over to the far bank,traversing a small weir that has a trickle of water covering the lip.

I should be at home
This was my swim here,the lakes being in a valley had water cascading down on all sides making it mostly and unpleasant experience.One of those days when your on auto pilot,you do not really want to come out from under the shelter of your umbrella.And we did not need to on the fish front.Around two o'clock there was a momentary pause in the rain,the phone rang"What you reckon kid,'ad enough"."Your not wrong mate,really would love to go home"So my gear was stowed away in double quick time.



But their was a slight problem,the small weir that Gruff had walked across at first light was now running way over the top.Apologies for the misty look,but the lens was steamed up.So I had to go round to the other side and help Gruff up the steep banks.If you look at the first photo,you will see what I mean.Not a nice experience as the banks had turned into a slippery quagmire.Boots were pulled off,the both of us slipped,fell over and tripped again.Both of us being new to this venue we never gave a  thought to how the water levels could rise so quickly.Not a trek back to the van I would liked to have undertaken at last light,as was the original plan.A lesson learnt on that score.Did I enjoy today?No it was a bloody chore and on the way home all the rivers are in the fields again,so lord knows where we will end up next week?



It's not all bad though as Christmas is upon us.I'm waiting expectantly for this on Christmas Eve The Snowman and  the Snow Dog.Will it surpass the original Snowman from way back in 1984?Time will tell.Chuck in the odd Danny Kaye film and I will be a happy man.I love Christmas I really do.




I'll leave you with one of my favorite Christmas Carols,very,very evocative in my ever so humble opinion.




So this is Monty Dalrymple from high up on Yat Rock,wishing you and your loved ones,a very Merry Christmas.

Be Lucky

Monty D

18 comments:

  1. And a very Merry Christmas to you and yours Monty. Thanks for providing entertainment through the year via your blogs. Cheers fella ;o)

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  2. I'll second Richards words Monty. May Santa bring all you desire (Champions League Footy may be a bit of a tall ask though), have a great time and I look forward to another 12 months of cutting edge blogging.

    Phil B

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  3. Merry Christmas Monty and tight lines for 2013. Ben

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  4. Well the world didn't end, even if the water table is looking rather high. It has been enjoyable dropping by to read your musings, hope yourself and loved ones have a good Christmas Monty.

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  5. Gents,

    Thank you,time for bed now.Been wrapping presents as Lady D is on nights ;-0

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  6. Happy Christmas mister Monty, from Yessling Ying.

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    1. Try and let your lad have a go on the XBox on Christmas Day mate,enjoy it.;-0

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  7. At least you were out there trying mate and there's always next time.

    Have a great Christmas and hopefully we'll cross cane in '13.

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    1. Just about mate, ho, ho, ho and all that :o)

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  8. Water table? If it gets much higher we'll all be eating our Xmas dinners off it!

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  9. Pleased to hear you and the Gruff' made it back OK; wouldn't have done to have been robbed of 'blog' updates for the future, had you been washed away!

    Neal's Yard Stilton and glass of vintage port for me now, by the roaring stove, just to celebrate the 3 score & 10 achieved tday.

    You and the Lady D. have a great one,

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    1. And still sprightly ;-0.Happy Birthday again,a little early for the Cheese yet,will wait a while.

      Have a good one Mike ;-0

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  10. Thanks for all the blogs Monty, yours is one of the very few worth reading.
    You and Gruff were lucky to get out, next time you visit you should take a dog spike and rope.
    While on the subject of dogs, did that snowman have a carrier bag with him for the inevitable clean up?

    Atb

    Ade

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    1. Morning Ade,

      Dog Spike now purchased.As for the Snow Dog,wasn't he soooooo cute.

      Ps Still raining ;-(

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  11. Have a great New Year bud.................... hope too catch up with you soon.

    Cheers

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    1. A belated Happy New Year Tom,we have been away for New Year:-0

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