Imagine the moon with epic beaches

If I had a pound for ever person that said “Scotland’s always cold and wet”, I’d be a millionaire.  It’s marmite. Some people love it, some people hate it. Why hate it?  The list invariably starts with midges then goes on to - cold, wet, windy, lonely, dull, barren and the fact that it takes … Continue reading Imagine the moon with epic beaches

Photography Widower – She said “Just one more photo”…

She said "just one more photo"... In an attempt to show support for my wife's passion in photography, I graciously agreed to a three day stint at Badminton Horse Trials. This was payback for all the fishing and shooting that I do and she, in this moment, holds that against me! Being honest, this is … Continue reading Photography Widower – She said “Just one more photo”…

Fishing, Friends & Family – A Yorkshire Sunday

Never pay attention to the weather forecast. Inevitably we did, and with trust in the forecast came a wasted morning. Gym sessions and baby soft play are definitely suited to rainy days not glorious Sunday mornings. With great haste we packed up and headed north. A short fifty miles, a swift left turn and entry … Continue reading Fishing, Friends & Family – A Yorkshire Sunday

Alladale Wilderness Reserve – Escape to the Highlands

The anticipation was killing me. Knowing what lay ahead was filling me with pure elation. The only thing standing in my way was a four hundred and thirty nine mile drive. An arduous journey of endless cats eyes, concrete, potholes and empty packets of Haribo. Travel sweets are usually shared but on this occasion my … Continue reading Alladale Wilderness Reserve – Escape to the Highlands

Unseen Italy – Behind the Scenes

As travel blogging is new to me, my initial thought was to write down everything that happened on a daily basis. What did we do, where did we go, what we ate etc. It became apparent that when reading through what I wrote, it was boring. I’m sure that millions of bloggers and writers have … Continue reading Unseen Italy – Behind the Scenes

Too good for lessons?

Fishing is, as far as I am aware, one of the only sports where as a general rule, people do not get lessons. Why? Why is it that so many fly fisherman will not get lessons? "Everyday is a school day!" This comment was put on a short film showing one of the best casters … Continue reading Too good for lessons?

Salmon = Insanity. How hardcore are you?

Get yourself kitted for out for the worst of weather @ Loop Tackle The early season spring salmon fisher is undoubtedly crazy. 2018's spring has been a bit different. As John Snow would have said "winters coming."  If I'd had the chance to sit down with John and sink an ale or two, I would have said "bang on John!"  … Continue reading Salmon = Insanity. How hardcore are you?

Truly Inspirational – Architectural Excellence

Over the following months Countrydad will be following the amazing work of Alex and the team at Guy Holloway Architects In everyone's career, I'm sure there's point when we all analyse and question what we do. Has there been a time when you've thought " I wish I was a doctor, vet or a lawyer"? There must … Continue reading Truly Inspirational – Architectural Excellence

To buy or not to buy?

I love puppies. Everyone loves puppies. If you don't love puppies, you should. Life is so unfair. The wife won't let me have one. Every week she'll tell me about puppies for sale but the moment I show interest, "nope, you can't have one!" I could say man up and do what I want but sadly, for me, I … Continue reading To buy or not to buy?

Wedding Planning – Don’t ask me, just ask the Mrs

If you've been there, you'll know. Wedding planning = hell. The engagement part, I loved! Serious amounts of thought went into the proposal, none of which were actually used given the shear emotion of the occasion. Of course my proposal was on a river. I had a few minor obstacles to contend with... midges, slippery … Continue reading Wedding Planning – Don’t ask me, just ask the Mrs