Ed’s call to the heavens after Glencorse fell on deaf ears, sorry to say. We all knew it was going to be cold, and it was. Everybody prepared by dressing with 10 extra layers. I charged up the battery packs for my electric wellies and looked out the charcoal handwarmer. It was 0.5C on the car thermometer driving through, but you know what – it was a cracking morning – the sun was shining, there was no wind, and it was obvious it was set to be a cracker of a day. What could go wrong? Er, well, what we didn’t bargain for was the Lake being frozen over!
They had been out with the wheelie boat, which was serving as a makeshift ice-breaker – to see if there was any chance of clearing a path, but no. So, that was that. I’ve been fishing with the club for 34 years and that is the first time we have been unable to get out because of ice. (We did come close one time at Lindores, but it was broken up a bit and there were enough clear areas to be able to fish.)
On the bright side, the lodge has had a smart new extension added, and Elma’s office is now in the lodge, with a shop and cafe.
Coldingham next weekend – we had better phone to check we can get out this time!