Sunday, 25 November 2012

In search of leviathans …

Blenheim Palace, 26 February 2012

Home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake (formed by damming the River Glyme) and beautiful formal gardens. Today my eyes were set firmly on the lake and its predatory inhabitants. The journey ahead of us required an early start. My fishing partner, Dave Wilkins, arrived at 4.15am and by 4.20am we were loaded and driving. By 7am, boat launched, we had cast our first line and were waiting in anticipation. Unlike the early morning Kingfisher, which had flown fast and low over the water whilst rewarding us with the beauty of its iridescent plumage, our day had been without capture.

After a long and pleasurable session we arrived back at the boathouse, tired though enriched.

Our day will come …

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