As the sun shone on another warm May afternoon I couldn’t resist a trip to Spitalfields Market to see Andrews of Arcadia. Earlier in the week I had missed out on an evening of verse, visual and banter for a get together of the Caught By The River Social Club, this time held at the Queen’s Head in Denman Street.
I scoured the stalls for vintage glassware for my new gin project but little was to be found that ticked the visual boxes. However I did find a rather large salmon priest, a Hardy svelte reel pouch and a Stanley fly rod. Two of these items ended up in the Tales collection of vintage fishing tackle.
After an hour of conversation about fishing, tackle, conservation and the art of writing with Mr Andrews and fellow fisher Marc Simperallan, Marc and I adjourned to a near by watering hole for a pint of Broadside. On a chance meeting it was clear that Marc and I had the same passion for trout fishing. What I was to learn was that Marc knew of many waters that I had passed by in Norfolk that were to be the hunting ground of small wild trout.
Upon the downing of a second jar it was time to part company and it was on my cut through the market back to Liverpool St Station that I was to stumble upon a large salmon priest, resembling a rather large matchstick, its egg sized lead head married to a malacca shaft. The other item was an olive green Hardy reel pouch, unfortunately the sewn label was detached but all the same for the price of a pint of Broadside a worthwhile purchase.
Late yesterday afternoon I was to meet with Mr Matthew Steeples of The Steeples Times an erudite gentleman who words may be profound and sometimes controversial but none the less a stimulating observation of day-to-day life. We sat in the afternoon sun to discuss the vertues of the growing gin market and to sample Sloane’s Gin, the award-winning Dutch Dry Gin. A gin much to Mr Steeple liking though his personal gin of choice is Miller’s Gin.
As the evening sun started to set I could only think about those summer evenings spent by the River Test, Compton beat on the Sopwith Estate where a G&T was order of the day before the evening rise.