Sunday, 4 June 2006

My Dad

 

When we were very young children every Sunday morning Mum would make Dad take us three youngest ones fishing ~ Dad never complained because he loved his fishing ~

We would take a picnic and get the bus to Great Witchingham ~ when we arrived Dad would warn us to sit still so we didn't disturb the fish ~ he would set up a rod for us and we would sit for what seemed like ages ~ I can't remember if us children ever caught any fish ~

Fast forward a few years

It was my Dad that started Dick off fishing ~ once when we had saved and bought a car Dad talked Dick into going fishing with him one weekend and that was a start of a wonderful partnership ~ Dicks Father had left home when he was small so he never really had a Dad ~ and they got on so well together and fishing became a way of life for them ~ then we bought a boat and had a towbar added to the car ~

Dad was ecstatic it was a dream come true for him ~ and Dick was pretty happy about it as well ~ off they would go mostly Saturday or Sunday or both if my Dad got his way ~

I know one particular day they went to Thorpe Green a fishing spot just near Norwich they were fishing and admiring the wild life a Swan with her Cygnets came towards them ~ they had their lines cast out and normally the swans just swim past or over them ~ but one of the Cygnets decided to put his head into the water and unfortunately came up with my Dads hook in his mouth ~ The mother swan was not a happy lady and Dad had to reel the baby in to get the hook out of its mouth ~ Dick went over to give him a hand but by this time the Mother swan had mounted the bank and was set on getting her baby back into the water ~ Dick said he heard the sound of running footsteps and looked up only to see My Dad running towards the car ~ calling back he didn't want the Mother swan to break his legs and left Dick to set the baby free ~ which he did ~ But Dick never let him forget how he had run away and left him to face the consequences of an angry Mother ~

That didn't break their friendship I think it made them even closer ~ which made me very happy as my Dad was such a wonderful man and it was nice for me as the two most favourite men in my life really thought so much of each other ~

25 comments:

jeadie05 said...

Oh Ally what a lovely story,swans can be nasty though ,and its said one flap of the wing can easily break an arm ,so your Dad was taking no chances leaving poor Dick to be the hero,I enjoyed that ...........Jan xx

labdancer51 said...

Hi Ally, what a wonderful story about the two dearest men in your life.  I had to smile at the story about the swan, they are very powerful birds so I don`t blame your Dad for running away...lol! :o)

Sandra xxxx

jlocorriere05 said...

Poor old Dick being left to face the swan alone! I know they can be quite nasty where their babies are concerned. Thankyou for a lovely story. Have a good evening! Jeannette xx  

oddb0dkins said...

Hi Ally, lovely story. I bet they told it once or twice themselves in the following years, lol. B. x

edwardssoapy said...

What a lovely entry Ally xxx

astra1547 said...

Hi Ally...

What a lovely story...lol  I can just picture you dad...lol, it must have been a really funny sight...Oh! Ally, I can see the funny side of this story...lol
Best Wishes...Astra!

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lsfp1960 said...

What a sweet remberance Ally.  And lovely pictures of your garden flowers.   Hope you've had a good weekend....Linda    

plieck30 said...

Awww nice story. Great fishing friendship there. Paula

jaymact1 said...

Lovely story Ally, Swan can be so dangerous. Love Joan.

sdrogerson said...

what a lovely story!

xxroxymamaxx said...

Wonderful!  I love a good fishing story. : )  Hugs and GBU, Shelly

salonrose123 said...

Such a lovely entry Ally, they both seemed like very special men.
Take care,

aniracj said...

My Dad love fishing as well; it is strange that one of his favourite places was Emberton Park....just down the road from here by 30 mins or so and we end up living near it.....we used to travel from London to go there!!! Many a happy picnic spent while he was fishing away happily! Lovely memories, thanks for sharing.

rayne1123 said...

that is so nice that the guys were so close..lol  mom's can be vicous when there kids are in trouble...lol  i only hope bob and my dad will be that close someday!

sexkitten198511 said...

Hi Ally

That was a lovely story. It must us been around this time of years as there's loads of duckings, goselings and cygnets about at the moment. I'm adding picures of them hopefuly in my next journal entry if it works

Take care x

zoepaul6968 said...

thats lovely,my Dad and my hubby get on very well,my dads an easy going sort of man,that was a lovely tribute xxzoexx
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nedmoh said...

What a lovely story Ally ,so pleased your Dad and Dick got on so well.Sorry I haven't commented lately don't know where the time goes!! Pete once rowed the river Nene and he said a swan followed him and he had to lie flat down as the swan fly over his head ,the river was his property and he didnt like Pete there ,he said it was quite scary so it must have been for Dick,glad it didnt spoil their great friendship......Jeanxx

sarajanesmiles said...

Another lovely entry m'dear :o)
How nice that your Dad and Dick got on so well, with their shared love of fishing.  Sara   x

jeanno43 said...

How lovely Ally that Dick and your Father got on so well. A very heartwarming entry.

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faircolleen said...

Aww,what a nice entry Ally. . . .so nice that they got along together too .You have lovely memories

lindachapmanuk said...

Ally I loved that story! I bet they had many a chuckle over that! Linda xx

onemoretina said...

How nice this is, Ally.  Wasn't it great to see the two of them getting along so well, and enjoying each other's company?  I was lucky in the same way.  My husband and my father both shared a love of music, and when my father was alive, he and David used to go to jazz concerts together.  He tells me now that he wishes I could have seen my Dad at some of those shows, just to see how much he enjoyed himself.  Thanks for reminding me of a nice time in my life.   Tina

grahamfarmga said...

I enjoyed the story LOL I have seen plenty of mothers I would have ran from too. I had a hen flog the top of my head.
Terrie

salemslot9 said...

all of your flowers are pretty
like you
if I had to pick one...
number 5 :)

happinessdreams said...

Ally,
many blessings to your garden. You have beautiful flowers.
elisa