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  1. Not been posting much lately, basically because I haven't been able to get out what with one thing and another. But the best bit of kit I've bought is my Trakker Tempest 100T brolly. It's absolutely fantastic. I already had the standard Tempest V2, which was good, but I sometimes clouted my head getting out in a hurry. Don't get me wrong, it didn't hurt at all, it was just annoying. Before the 100T came out, I was thinking of getting a couple of vents put into the V2 to give me a little extra ventilation on hot days. I'd looked into the cost of getting these fitted by "Army Andy" who is renowned for doing this sort of mod, and it was going to cost me just over £120.00 to get done. Bearing in mind the new 100T had two vents as standard, AND gave you the extra headroom, it was a no brainer really. I sold the V2 and adding not much more than the vents were going to cost me managed to get the 100T. It's superb. Goes up in an instant, and has masses of room, not only in height, but in depth and width too. I generally fish days, with the odd overnight thrown in, and go to France every year for a week. I could seriously live in this for the week in France, plenty of room for my needs (I tend to fish fairly light unlike friends of mine who's bivvies are more akin to Cape Canaveral on launch day)... it suits me just fine. On calm days/nights I don't even have to peg it down. Steady as a rock. I'd recommend one of these to anyone looking for a decent sized alternative to a full blown bivvy.
  2. For a few years my pb stood at 37lbs. That was caught on an 11' 2.25lb Chub "Smallwater" rod. Not once did I think that the rod was going to give up the fight.
  3. Did a 24 hour on a "specimen" lake down in Hampshire one night. Never visited there before, took the missus with me as there was a small wooden lodge that she could sleep in. About 11pm we heard these noises coming from the bushes behind the lodge, and heavy breathing. Frightened the blooming life out of us. It was deathly quiet but could keep hearing these footsteps. Finally plucked up the courage to go take a looksee. It was a sheep that had got out of the field and was trying to get to the lodge for something to eat.
  4. This is what cost us a few fish a couple of years ago, including one of the bigger residents. blooming awful. A top of the range aeration system was installed shortly after. One of the first signs that the fish are in trouble is them lethargically swimming around gasping for air. Very sad to see
  5. Love this.....absolutely mental. 😁
  6. I fish running rigs all the time. These are what I use in conjunction with tubing. They are perfect. http://www.korda.co.uk/fishingtackle/rig-bitz/run-rig-rubber/ Also remove the swivels from my leads, replace them with a small multi clip https://www.banktackle.co.uk/multi-clips-1190-p.asp Multi clip through one of these (it's a bit fiddly) and you're good to go https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Running-Rig-Ring-Easy-Run-Rings-Carp-Pike-Fishing-Terminal-Tackle-3-Colours-JG/371242369889?hash=item566fc50361:g:yx0AAOSw1ZBUw6N3
  7. Just don't expect him to get a pint in......🙄🙄😉
  8. Not brilliant but we've catered for it....😉
  9. As an "ex" landscape gardener maybe you could answer a question for me mate. As far as the "top tier" I'm planning to put in, which will be two sleepers high. I don't really want to go to the expense and work of putting concrete posts in again, so was planning on drilling through them and fixing them in place with 3 12mm rebars going straight through each and going about 24" into the ground. They won't be under too much pressure by the way. Do you reckon this would work?
  10. Not my capture, but out of the lake I am visiting in France next year (for the 6th time). 37lb, hopefully hit 40 when I'm over there, but it's absolutely pristine. Look at those barbles.
  11. Never had any luck with pepperami. Luncheonmeat though. That's another story. Or Bacon Grill.
  12. Backfilling behind the retaining wall tomorrow to help level that soil on the top tier a bit. Will then run a two sleeper high smaller wall all the way along the back about 3 feet out from the fence to give me a raised bed which will help hide up the gravel boards. Also planning another two sleeper high retaining wall around the "third" tier, (the one with the large rocks at the front), to stop earth falling onto the steps and to allow us to raise and level that bed too. Seems like a lot of sleepers, but it's the only effective way that we can deal with a garden with such a severe slope to it. The "rusty maze" wall art you can see will be mounted on the bigger retaining wall once the wood has been stained. There's not a lot we can do about the scruffy lawn this year, going to attack that in the autumn so that it should be good for next Summer. Just concentrating on the main parts at the moment, the lawn can wait a bit.
  13. The one up your chuffbox is a right gas mate. You'll be ripping them off for England. Embarrassing or what 😚
  14. Have you had the C4 film crew up your chuffer or tinky winky yet Geezer??? That's a sure sign of getting old. And Asda for your varifocals mate. Take it from me. Brilliant service and prices.
  15. Finally managed to get the new retaining wall finished this week. Hard work!! Looking a bit of a mess again at the moment, but apparently it's supposed to get worse before it gets better!!! Got to level the soil in the top tier by backfilling behind the wall this coming week, and also going to put a smaller retaining wall around the tier on the right behind the boulders. Should be fun. And a lot more light getting on the garden now that the big tree has been taken down. New shed on order to replace the monstrosity you can see. Going to look a lot better when that's in place!
  16. Beautiful weather, beautiful surroundings. What more could a man want?????..........................
  17. Bought myself a watch band removal kit off of Amazon to make life easier. Ended up removing one link and moving the clasp adjuster down one notch and fits me perfectly. Cushty! Also changed a couple of other bracelets/straps. Wish I'd bought the kit years ago, would have saved a lot of money going to rip off jewellers. 🙄
  18. Looks a lovely spot. I can see where my bait would be, but that overhanging branch might make it difficult....😉 Welcome to the site
  19. I've not tried the Gardner stuff mate, but have had the DPF on my reels before. Let's just say it won't ever be going on my reels again. It's Jank. With a capital J.
  20. So do I Dayvid, the only problem I have with them is that I can never get the standard bracelets adjusted so that they fit me "just so". I'll have a good go with this one though before I look elsewhere. The thing I like about this particular model is the colour of the face. It's a nice blue/grey that looks different from various angles, a nice contrast to the black bezel and sub dials. It also has a "Mecha-quartz" movement, which are supposed to be very good, and was originally manufactured for the Japanese domestic market, so should be quite rare over here. It arrived yesterday but nobody was home to sign for it, so planned re-delivery is for tomorrow when the wife will be around. I have a couple of other Seiko models, particularly like a "Solar" Chrono that I have, but being black and gold is a bit more "blingey" than this one.
  21. Just received a fairly decent tax rebate so treated myself to a lovely new fishing watch because I've been working so hard in the garden. Ideal for night sessions, 'cos the hands really glow well (apparently) 😉
  22. If I see any "fizzing" I'll try to anticipate the path of it. I'll then cast as quietly as I can about 10-12 feet further ahead of where I think it's heading, and fire just a few baits out between the fizz and where my bait landed. And then I'll sit on my hands for as long as it takes. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. But that's what makes it fun.
  23. Had a delivery earlier today of 20 x 2.4m sleepers to replace and extend the existing retaining wall... They were heavy!! Also had a guy around with a grinder to remove the remains of the bay tree that we've wanted to get shot of for years. While he was here he gave us a very competitive quote to get most of the large Ash tree that you can see in picture two removed. It's massive and a bit of a hazard as it's rotten around one side of the roots. If it ever came down it would hit the house. That's being done next Thursday...
  24. Problem I can see is that you then get the accusations thrown around of a "clique" appearing. I am a member of a golf forum as well, have been on there a fair number of years. Consequently you get the long standing membership, the vast majority of whom have actually met each other in "real life" being accused of being one such "clique" and alienating themselves from the rest of the forum.
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