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Post Op Blues

Well, the op went OK.  Not the one day key hole surgery I had hoped for but in hospital for three days after open surgery.  It seems the cutbacks are here already, our friends at N.I.C.E. have decided to save money by going back to open surgery if they think you are fit enough.  Recovery going fine, but it was a bit strange to see ones nether bits bald and black and blue.  Had the last visit to doctor to get the all clear to fly and we go back to the Keys on 28th – can’t wait.  The only problem, told no bike or heavy lifting for up to three months, that sucks.

For the first time I will turn left on the plane.  I decided to cash in air miles for the first time and fly in the front.  The hernia is OK but not sure, just weeks after surgery, how being cramped in economy for 8 hours would do so just the one upgrade.

Back in the UK I felt a bit bad about the long lay-off so decided the best medicine was a bit of gentle fishing and went to a day ticket trout lake.  Now grumpy old git rant, WHAT THE HELL IS IT ABOUT BRITISH ANGLERS AND DAY TICKET WATERS!  I looked all over my ticket and nowhere could I find that it was compulsory to litter and leave line and damage fences, but apparently this is what you must do.  Strange, my last day ticket water was in Italy and what a difference – no litter and so nice at the weekend.  Families came down just to barbecue and enjoy the lake.  What a difference!  Further up the coast they even put a skip for the rubbish at the local power station for the anglers (I say that very loosely most just turn undersized bass into curries or cash) but the litter was still so bad as the anglers were incapable of putting it in the skip.  The result – shut the car park near the sea and make the anglers walk, well done anglers.

Back to my trout fishing, they didn’t start to feed till dusk when they came up to feed and had six.  Kept two plump 1.5 lb fish for the smoker, they were very tasty.  What surprised me was how well developed the roe was for a rainbow and how well they fought.  Another surprise was the sweetcorn inside.  (I just love to look in fish guts.)  Apparently this is how the locals poach.

Well, seven days work to do in three days before trip back so must make a start.