Today saw me back on the banks of the Medlock around Failsworth, after a break at weekend. A bad day at work on Saturday, a bottle of chardonnay to cheer me up, a hangover and pouring down with rain on Sunday morning all conspired against the lure of the river (couldn't be bothered). However on the plus side it gave me the opportunity to nip into Manchester with Hazel to get Bethan's birthday presents for Thursday, thus freeing up Wednesday to go fishing all day in some better weather. That was the plan anyway and it paid off as the weather was truly delightful today. It also gave me the chance to visit the Micro Bar in the Arndale Centre market food hall to sample some Boggart brewery real ale. If you are shopping in town this place is a must visit, always plenty of real ales on, and surrounded by all manner of food stands with dishes from around the World, my idea of a good lunchtime.
Back to the fishing and I had some company today on the river , the chap below, feathered, not female as the title may have suggested. This well fed robin stayed around me all day, grabbing the odd loose maggot every now and again, even landing on my foot at one point. It certainly wasn't shy.