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Friday, August 11, 2006

High Summer

On Monday 7th August friend and colleague Richard joined me for a few days in Maalie Court. The afternoon was spent digging lugworms in the Duddon Sands in preparation for fishing on the 11.00pm tide at Silecroft. With son Alun calling in to stay the night, the three of us set off and arrived at the beach just before dusk.

Richard, Jim and Alun fishing at dusk, Silecroft, Cumbria
With a rod each, two hooks on each end rig and fishing for nearly three hours (that adds up to 18 hook hours) we had not a single bite between us. Nonetheless, seeing the sun set over the Isle of Man was in itself a pleasure.

Alun continued on his way early on Tuesday and Richard and I called on colleague Peter at his home near Windermere for a day's walking in the fells. Parking at Amblside, we set off through the churchyard towards Loughrigg Fell, Loughrigg Tarn, Red Bank and Hunting Stile before descending into Grassmere for a welcome afternoon tea and scone at a mere side café. A short walk into Grassmere found the open-topped bus to take us back to Ambleside.

Jim, Richard and Peter spot a Buzzard circling near Loughrigg Tarn

On Wednesday Richard and I were up at 5.00 am to join ringing trainee Sue for a ringing session on the Duddon Mosses. A productive little session resulted in about 20 birds caught. Then Richard and Jim headed up the coast to have a cooked breakfast in a café at Egremont before joining Sue for morning coffee at the World Owl Trust at Muncaster Castle. Then down to the RSPB Reserve at Hodbarrow for a walk around the lagoon, where Sandwich Terns, Redshank and Sand Martins were gathering in preparation for the southward migration. There was a single Swift, most have already left, I wonder if this will be the last one we'll see this summer? Homeward bound, we stopped for a pub lunch and pint of Real Ale in the Manor Arms pub in Broughton-in-Furness.

Thursday morning was spent on a local spin to Cavendish Dock in Barrow and Rampside looking out to Walney and Piel Island before a final pub lunch in the Red Lion at Dalton, before Richard headed off south for home.


Blogger nosetotale said...

Found by surfing,... a very nicely done blog.

9:06 pm  
Blogger simon said...

mate, whilst you are enjoying the beautiful lakes district. I am "down under" with the worst case of flu.. :o(

18 hook hours and no fish!

2:19 am  
Blogger Davy said...

I saw Marsh Harier (Male), Hen Harrier (Juv Male), Peregrine (male) on Thursday, and an Adult male Hen Harrier Yesterday, (whilst working, watching the mowing...... Are you sure of the identification? Was there an experienced birder to help you sort it?

8:32 am  
Blogger TCA 2006 said...

Nice fishing photo!

8:47 am  
Blogger simon said...

who takes the photos?

1:50 am  
Blogger carwynfowler said...

Hey - have you considered sending in the fishing photo in to the BBC Countryfile competition...?

8:37 pm  
Blogger TCA 2006 said...

I took the photo but wish I had spent a little more time on it: the horizon is really lop-sided and I think this is a bit distracting. What do you think?

I will learn my lesson; given such a great photo opportunity I should have fired of 10s of shots rather than a couple, doh!

Have looked at the Country File rules and may consider posting it in, not sure it is really good enough though and is it really a 'weather' shot?


1:20 pm  
Blogger simon said...

Mate, I think the shot is fantastic really. colour, angle, contrast etc. well done for real!

12:28 am  
Anonymous jill alexander said...

I think I am going to send the photo to the Campaign Against Cruel Sports. 18 hook hours indeed. Jill.

7:33 pm  
Blogger simon said...

you have to be joking! I heard a lettuce scream when I cut it!

12:11 am  
Blogger TCA 2006 said...

I'm not sure that this consititues 'cruel sport', unless you are taking into account the mental torment endured by the participants - we didn't so much as get a nibble!


8:11 am  
Anonymous Jill said...

Ah, but what about those little lug worms? They have feelings too, and 18 hours is a long time, even for those with masochistic tendencies. And actually, lettuce are very senstive plants. I think you should try tying nymphs and tickling for flounders.

8:52 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

Don't mention tying up nymphs - it sounds a bit runcible.

8:24 am  
Blogger simon said...

yes not to mention tickling for flounder!

8:06 am  
Blogger m horning said...

thanks for posting on my blog, mate, i'm enjoying browsing yours as well--fascinating adventures you seem to have!

7:47 pm  
Blogger simon said...

Hey Jim the greay herron is back and nesting in its old nest. So thats 3 years in a row.
I hope all the birds will be herre in october.

Eg Little wattle bird nesting in Turpentine near back door. Satin Bower bird with bower under the rear deack and doing wonderful dance displays. Butcher bird, King parrot, Galah, etc etc

11:52 pm  
Blogger simon said...

now I have a pic!

6:51 am  
Blogger TCA 2006 said...

It should be noted that the picture posted on this entry subsequently won 3rd prize in the Hambledon Horticultural Society Annual Summer Show 2006.


9:01 am  

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