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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Forgotten treasure...

     So there I am, down in the mouth, once again contemplating yet another move. Tis indeed slightly wareing upon the soul at my age feeling that roots long since ripped up have yet to settle. I must say that this small welsh village where I have found myself of late feels the sort of place roots could hold me but I'm so use to drifting tis hard contemplating thoughts of a simple life in just one place at the moment.

     Anyway my rootless lifestyle is not what I intended scribing about this brightly lit yet bone chilling day. But there is a thin connection betwixt oncoming movement and this post. Realising that I have still many boxes to sort and lighten my load for each move I pushed myself one more to delve into the boxes that contain my past life's belongings. Now if you have indeed read past posts you may recall (if you managed to remain awake that is) that I'm starting to not only rid myself of modern, throw away, trappings but that I am replacing said items with older, more crafted items. I'm not the sort to buy old items just to boast about them and lock them away in dust filled drawers to be occasionally taken out and pawed at as my precious. These items are to be used as intended, given back their old life if you like. 

     One of the items purchased is a split cane fishing rod, a right little beauty if I say so myself, and I briefly mentioned it here. As I trawled through the 'boxes of my past' I came across a forgotten treasure gifted to myself by my sister nearly forty years ago as herself and husband took me out on my first course fishing adventures. 


A Pflueger 822 with spares

The Pflueger mated to the split cane

      I have many happy memories of using this small reel and the fish it helped me catch, from tough fighting Tench to the piratical shoals of marauding Perch. It seems to suit the split cane with its red highlights reflecting the rods reel holder's colouring and it also gives the rod balance in my hand. This year I'm hoping to use this combination of old fishing tackle, using traditional baits, to make some fresh happy memories. Of course I'll be sure to report back the successes and the failures of these adventures. For now take care of yourselves.

John

12 comments:

  1. My fishing exploits have been a bit hit-n-miss. As a child I used to cycle several miles to fish in Farmer Bell's pond, then when older I used to occasionally sit on a river bank. I suppose the highlight was fishing out in Grand Cayman for Barracuda, where very little skill was required yet the rewards were great.

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    1. Have fished in Australia, everything that came out of the water was butt ugly and had rows of razor sharp teeth!

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  2. I think it a lovely idea to exchange newer items for older ones. They have so many stories to tell. Hope you can get fishing again, to be able to sit and contemplate, reflect and begin, again...

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  3. Thanks Dc.... Hopefully there's plenty of stories to come

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  4. I look forward to reading about your Coarse fishing trips, John. My favourite fish were the Crucian, Common and Mirror Carps and the Tench. There's nothing better than a few ale tinnies in the keepnet and a day spent on a little pond or lake complete with lily pads. Good luck with your fishing John!

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    1. Thank You dave,
      Crucian carp? always found them so tentative in taking a bait.

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  5. I can't wait to see all this put together and then put in action, John. It's been awhile since I've plied the waters and would probably be just what the doctor ordered. Thanks for the visit to the blog, btw. - take care -

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    1. A visit to your blog Casey is always a pleasure, methinks that you too need the food for the soul that a day besides the waters can give.

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  6. Hi John, I've moved blog again: more shite came my way this week but I pulled on my big girl pants and got on with it!
    New blog address: mybeautifullyfe

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    1. Hi Tracy,
      Call me stupid but can't find your new blog.... Email me a link at:
      wooly2165@outlook.com
      Cheers me dear.

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  7. Though I've no stomach any more for fishing - all fished out, I reckon - I have several old fishing lures that belonged to my Dad. It would be good to put them to use, but I've decided they are art (ha). That means I can hang them in a small bare tree thing and admire them whilst thinking of my Dad and how we fished!... Yes, old things that have been used and/or loved are the best. Anyone who visits me, knows I only buy new undies and socks. Love your blog.

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  8. Nice to have such things to nudge our memories. Though if you tire of looking at them........
    Thank you for your kind words Patrice

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