Friday 20th October 2017

Friday 20th October 2017

George Wallace

Friday 20th October:

The river is still two feet above normal but is running clear and at 1630 this afternoon there were a lot less leaves than I expected. It looks really good. I bumped into Dave at Dukes as he was trotting maggots with a lovely centrepin reel and catching virtually every cast; grayling, dace, one trout and some salmon parr.

Tomorrow, October the 21st, is the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and this is the hoist of flags flown from HMS Victory as they sailed into battle. It reads, "England expects that every man will do his duty."  Every old sailor will remember that there is an order in which hoists of flags are read and it goes, "Masthead, triatic stay, starboard yardarm, port yardarm, top to bottom, forrard to aft, outers before inners." Please make a note of that because I WILL be asking questions at the AGM. Image result for England expects that every man

It was the most crushing naval victory in history, with Nelson's fleet sinking or capturing all but five of the combined French and Spanish fleets. Curiously, I once read a French account of the battle and from that one was compelled to wonder how any of the English survived!

Onward and upward because the 25th, next Wednesday, is the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Ah, the memories!