Thursday, 31 December 2015

Yuletide Pike

I am not a pike fisherman. I am a fisherman who occasionally fishes for pike. When I do actually go pike fishing I enjoy it so much that I tell myself that I must go more often, but I enjoy my pike fishing more so if I am with friends. My first "proper" pike trip of the season usually falls around the festive period and is what is more commonly known as the Christmas Social.

In previous years the ground under foot has been hard with frost and one year we actually had snow carpeting the ground and covering our brollies, but this was the first social where the temperature had been above ten degrees - it was fifteen degrees, mild, wet and unseasonal. 

Bumblebees were active, daffodil in flower en route to the river and for two days before the trip there had actually been a dawn chorus.......I had to pinch myself when it started but the robin was a lone voice getting it going and by the end he had everyone joining in.......what is going on? This year more than ever the weird weather has had an impact like I have not seen before.

The Christmas Social is a day for fishing close together - brewing fresh coffee, tea, eating pork pie, mince pies, Tunnocks Tea Cakes, drinking brandy and yarning about anything and everything...........oh and casting the occasional deadbait for a pike. 

It's a miracle we catch anything, but we did get some action. The old Dennis Pye pike rod did me proud and my rancid deadbait theory worked again. The company as ever was splendid and even though we didn't catch our expected amount the fisherman's calendar would be rather a sad affair without the annual Christmas Social. I just hope that it's a bit colder next year!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Children of Green Knowe

If, like me, The Box of Delights is a major part of your Christmas celebrations then I am sure you will enjoy The Children of Green Knowe. I loved the books as a child and also enjoyed the BBC TV series from the same stable as The Box of Delights. Haunting theme tune by the Radiophonic Workshop (Peter Howell no less of Agincourt fame) - look out for the stranded carp on the lawn in a later episode.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Walk in room, walk in

The Mummers play is something that has fascinated me since my school days - I think it does stem from doing a Punch & Judy show at a very young age and something like that, if the spark catches, can ignite a flame that keeps on going. 

This superb film, made locally in my part of West Dorset, is about the Symondsbury Mummers - made with help from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Cecil Sharp no less!

It's quite a long film at an hour, but if there is one bit you must see it is at 29 minutes - the original vintage film made by Cecil Sharp and the EFDS - magnificent stuff. Happy Christmas!

Monday, 21 December 2015

A pleasure of parcels

Derek Hass - 1953 GPO 

I count myself very lucky indeed to still get the odd hand written letter throughout the year from friends - there is nothing better than coming home to find one waiting in the hallway. This time of year brings the added joy of parcels. Postie knocks and passes over an armful........any for me? Yes! You know who you are and you bring much Christmas Cheer - thank you one and all.

P Vinten - 1948 GPO

Friday, 11 December 2015

Friday Ditty Pt 18

Splendid new release, Fresh Water,  from Euros Childs which is released on 15 January 2016 - always had a soft spot for his music, it's good of course! And he's a fellow Pembrokeshire boy!

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Green Man

Green Man - Paul Bommer

I have long held a fascination for the mythical figure that is the Green Man. I don't know how or when it started - probably as a child poking around churches or reading the Green Knowe books of Lucy M Boston, which I still adore now. My fascination with old GM is stronger than ever and no doubt the seed was sown in those early years.

I spotted this wonderful cheeky screen print by Paul Bommer and I just had to have it! It helps that I really like Paul's work - I also like the fact he has included the two wild woodwose folk wielding their clubs like guardians of the forest. There is so much going on in and on those boughs. It is ready to hang and I like it that old GM will be watching over me.