Sandbagged!

Sandbagged!
Photograph by Steve Barnett

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Preparation...

Walked over the hill with Henry to visit the Lathkill and see how things are coming on for All Fool's Day.  It was a delightful 4 miles or so with only a short section on tarmac. 


Henry of course was as investigative as ever and at each field entrance along the lanes the routine was a quick dash in, nose down, stop and sit at the signal from the whistle and then a scurry back to heel for all of five or six seconds!  My word, tractor tyres seem to be getting very wide these days, even up here in the Peak District.


"What's all this mess?" you might be wondering?  It's not a mess it's work in progress...  (You can't make omelettes without breaking eggs!)

The fishing hut is in the process of being given a new lease of life by Warren and Jan.  Fresh roof, old shutters removed, all much brighter.  There is something rather secure and comforting in being dry inside on a rainy day, watching the river and sky whilst listening to the rain pattering on a corrugated roof.  Pleasures to look forward to but hopefully not too many times this season.  Sunshine will also be welcome.


The hut undergoing some close season "Preparation".  Do you notice something else in this picture? 

Click for a closer look...


What about the clarity of that water?

Yes even the river itself seems to have been in "Preparation" for the new season.  It is as clear as gin...



Regular Rod

10 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this post. It's 6am and I'm enjoying my first cup of coffee while sitting in that cabin and hearing the river speak.
    Henry my fellow your tops.

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  2. Lovely post and cracking photo of the hut and stream adjacent. Best of luck for the coming season Richard.

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  3. thanks for another lovely post. I don't know much about the streams over there but most of the ones I've seen are rather chalky compared to our freestone streams in New England. Is the clarity normal for that location?

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    1. Yes, that is pretty typical of the Lathkill. Clear as Gin and once it was about as expensive too...


      RR

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  4. What a neat hut. Maybe you can show the inside sometime? Even the simplest of shelters offer a respite from the elements, especially when the temperatures hover near freezing.

    It is rather precariously perched though. Any danger of the "river" claiming it?

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    1. No. The river might wet it once every thousand years but it is not going to claim it any time soon...

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  5. best of luck in the forthcoming season RR, and nice to see some traditions never change. George at 18:34

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  6. Rod, this is a beautiful area. I love the idea of a nice warming shack to get out of the weather.

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  7. Thanks for the words and pictures - as usual a perfect match. Down in Somerset our rivers are still high after the rains, but our season doesn't start till April 15th so still time to recover. Always enjoy Henry's photos, good luck for the year ahead.
    Malcolm

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