Spring. This is the time of the year when we seem to liven up, loosen up and are eager to get out and enjoy the warmer longer days.
Winter sport is finally, finally over and well, you may be at a loose end looking for a new wee hobby or some family fun time.
May I suggest then that one family venture we can all enjoy, ahem, at this time of year, is the fishing.
We have the three that like to fish and the one who likes to throw the stones at the fish.
I will just say now, for a year or two we truly believed fish to be the stuff of myths.
Unsurprisingly, we now take with us a few trusty fish sayings which go something like ’’aye but she’s an unlucky trout to be hooked by us.’’
‘‘Fish don’t actually want to be caught by us.’’
‘‘You can’t catch a fish if your hook isn’t in the water.’’
‘‘Yes, there are fish in this river.’’
‘‘Seriously (insert any given name)??! We only just got here.’’
Most important - get yourself the licence for the fishing.
Pack all the lunch you want, the chair, a magazine, book even.
Dig up a jar or two (don’t fret you’ll likely never have enough) of the biggest, juiciest worms the vege garden/lawn has on offer.
Take it all a step further and you now have the best lures (let’s be honest, worm fishing is boring Mum), a smoker and the BBQ to fry the seven pounder – well, you never do know…
After fishing day one, you will know.
You will know that fishing with kids isn’t actually fishing.
And it’s certainly not for the faint hearted.
It will become rapidly apparent that fishing lines get tangled just by your kids holding their rods (sometimes just by looking at them).
This still astounds us.
You will know now that many