With a little luck, and a decent tail wind, Bev and I should have managed to empty our storage locker by Sunday afternoon. We'd used it to store our belongings whilst the building project was underway; thinking that we'd need the facility for just a few weeks! Nine and a half months later, and well over a grand in rental fees, we are finally able to get all that stuff back home. My new study/fishing room is coming together nicely, with plenty of room for the tackle as well as my reference library and assorted dross that comes with being me. Stuffed birds and "George" the pike are back on display whilst my choice of artwork now adorns the walls. I've had to make one small concession as the washing machine and tumble drier are housed within the room but, as they are next to my bait fridge/freezer, it is no big deal. From my desk I am able to look directly, via the large window, out into our back garden and the feeding station is now within 5 m of the back door.
The garden, however, is in much need of attention and it is our plan to get this sorted within the next few weeks. Piles of rubble and associated debris litters the grass and the decking area is strewn with junk. All will be dealt with by the hiring of a skip - easy?
Plans are already in place for a couple of outings over the next two days. I finish my shift at 13.00 hrs, tomorrow, and am headed over to the club fishery for another perch session. With the weather forecast predicting temperatures up to 9C, with light winds, I'm hoping to get a float out on the Hardy split cane. I've not used a float in ages, so don't expect to set the world alight with my efforts but I'm rather looking forward to giving it a bash. It will depend upon the results of Friday to dictate what I do on Saturday morning. I've two options open to me. I either go back perch fishing or, more likely, have a session out on the drains after a pike or two. All the pike kit is ready to go, three rods, with reels and rigs attached, are in the hard case, dead baits packed in the freezer, all I'll need to do is place them in the van should I make that call.
I am hoping to get the perch project completed before mid-March and have already committed to write a piece for the club Newsletter about my own experiences, at this fishery, with these splendid fish. With this in mind I am carrying the Canon kit, alongside my Fuji Finepix, with the intention of getting some images of the bait presentation, rigs and tackle that I use, rather than just the fish I catch. The Fuji is a superb piece of kit, particularly for my self-take trophy shots, yet the Canon outfit offers far greater flexibility due to the various lens and extension tube combinations that I have available to me.