This is the season that will conclude our initial journey in the laying of the foundation stones of our ultimate challenge. That challenge is the fulfilment of the ambition for The PAST to acquire specially chosen permissions that will achieve outstanding results for the recovery of British archaeology.
Meanwhile, whilst we are awaiting the opportunity to engage with the next stage of our project, we have been otherwise engaged.
A spot of adder hunting was quite successful with several encounters with our only venomous snake. My first ever sighting of the "Dance of the Adders" was enjoyed twice in the same day!
Click here for the link to that dance.
I'm sure there will be more adder news to follow soon!
The "Team" have swapped detecting for fishing with forays to local carp lakes taking place.
Again, the challenge is to behold the advances in fishing technology.
It's amazing how terminal tackle has changed.
The most outrageous thing is the method of carp fishing via the pole!
How the heck does the latest elastic stretch sooooooooooooo far?
And..... hair-rig bands.... how the heck does that work with meat? LOL!
I decided to give these "new" bits a go..... and what fun it was too!
It was a revelation to see how you could connect a piece of luncheon meat to a hair rig with a band. The band was also indeed a great way to secure a pellet to the rig. Even better using a "Bandum" pellet that has a waist to accommodate the band.
Again, using the pole as a means to fish for carp is very new to me.
The whole process is so strange, from the bite to the actual "strike" and "fight" that follows. The float is displaced with the utmost ease and the feel of the connected fish is very odd compared to a rod and line set up. You can't relate to the size of the fish in the same way as a conventional rod as the elastic cushions all the raw power. Saying that, seeing the pole bend in a way you've never seen it bend before and the sight of so much elastic escaping from the end of the pole is a sight to see!
We're looking forward to trying out our new rigs over the next few weeks.
Another change of venue was a trip to Cuba in June to see my son celebrate his wedding to his fiancée, Emma, on the beach there.
Anyway, back to the air conditioned environment of Blighty, the quest is on to find new fishing venues to try out our new rigs.
I'm sure we'll have fun doing so.
Alas, we've got our work cut out to secure the final stage of our dream...... fingers crossed that we achieve access to new permissions that will reveal more of Britain's secret heritage to be recorded with The British Museum.
Roll on harvest time!