It was grey and miserable on Friday when I walked round the boating pond, but that was not putting off those keen fishermen who, finally released from lock down a few weeks ago, have scarcely been able to get near the pond for the hordes of un-socially distanced families and people ‘working from home’. So the grey chill of Friday suited them a treat and they were out in force.
Fishing in the boating pond in one of the mysteries of Hampstead Heath. I have now been walking around the boating pond for over 40 years and I have never – not even once – seen anyone catch anything. Not even an old boot. But there they are, fully kitted up with their overnight tents and not just one rod, but three. I am not sure whether they do actually stay overnight but each little tent has a camp bed and usually a primus stove. I didn’t want to poke my camera too intrusively into their tents as I walked by but you can see that they are well set up.
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I did actually think that these two might have caught something at the end of this little clip – but no….
So maybe the fishing bit is actually irrelevant – just an excuse to sit by the pond on your own or with a friend, with a can of lager – or not – and contemplate the world. And what’s wrong with that?
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