Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Thursday 20 August 2015

What am I ? - two

Way back, in my early blogging, as "The Non-conformist", a guy from Alice Springs, Australia, took great offence at my stance on Pan-Listing League Tables and wrote a lengthy comment which finished with the sentiment that he couldn't take me seriously as a naturalist if I didn't like snails and slugs! I replied in true "Non-conformist" fashion - it went something along the lines of I couldn't give a fuck as to the opinion of a guy living in a, former, penal colony! Outrageous, as it is true, that was my stance during that particular period of my being. What I simply should have said is that I'm not a naturalist, and never have been! I'd describe myself as a passionate observer, and there is a very big difference, despite the fact that we derive our enjoyment from the same sources.

Do you need to be a naturalist to gain enjoyment from this creature ?
As I rapidly approach sixty, there is a definite mellowing taking place. I am now in a place where I pick my battles - no longer rushing headlong into confrontation, just because I can! If something causes offence, then I will react, but not without reason - I'm tired of the fight, I've had enough of the rebellion. Yes, I still remain true to myself - I won't be getting my hair cut or stop listening to Jimi & Led Zep. If I think you're a cunt then you'll be made aware - no middle men - (funnily enough, as offensive as it is perceived, it's a term of endearment within Fuji!) So I'm very sorry if I have become a deep, and thoughtful, individual, on my blog. It's entitled Esox & Observations for a reason; The musings of an ageing hippie - with attitude!

Why I go on holiday - exploration of new possibilities

So what am I? In line with my desire to recreate those bygone days of creaking cane and centre-pins, I would align myself with the countrymen of yesteryear, the all-rounders, Gilbert, Dick and Fred J, et al. In modern parlance I consider myself a generalist? "Jack of many, Master of none!"
I offer no apologies for the subject matter of what I post - "musings" covers all aspects of my thought processes. If I wanted to limit the scope I'd have called it "Nature Notes" - "Dumpton Mothing" - Newland's Patch Watching, Look at me - I'm the best Angler!,  you get the drift?
I don't go out of my way to seek confrontation, controversy, but would never shy away from offering an opinion on a subject that is within my interest base.
Have a nice day and remember "It's nice to be nice!" - Dyl


  1. Your passage from 'Angry Young Man' to 'Contented Codger' is now complete Dyl... congratulations!!

  2. Yes, I echo that, well done old boy.