Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Operation Tea Cosy

In kitchens across Arcadia kettles are being boiled, dogs and cats are being kissed, Elgar is on the radiogram, gin is being guzzled, songs are being sung and the flags are being put out after the official entry for the Port Eliot Festival Tea Cosy Competition from The Empress & Andrews of Arcadia won 1st Prize at a beautiful and wild festival amongst friends old and new over the weekend.  The winning entry was handmade using Milwards needles and sewn together with rod whipping silk by The Empress from a number of treasured old rod bags which were then adorned with woven labels of significance and a couple of retired pilot floats.  A vote of thanks is given to our old mucker Mr. Paul Cook of Bushey who at the eleventh hour supplied one or two vital labels without hesitation.  He shares in the glory of the victory.  The winning entry along with a large number from the field will be exhibited at Fortnum & Mason in the autumn where they will be auctioned off in turn, the proceeds going to the The Royal Brompton and Harefield Trust.   The photograph below was taken by our very good friend and comrade the Arcadia-at-Arms photographer Mr. Neil R. Thomson, whose record of the weekend may be seen on his Tumblr site: here.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

We Always Dress Like This

All roads in Arcadia be they of iron, water or melting tarmacadam lead to the village of St. Germans in Cornwalia and the Port Eliot Festival in this the Year of Our Lord 2014 where over the forthcoming days I will be in conversation with my old comrade Gruff Rhys, reading aloud at The Caught by the River Antidote Hour, appearing with The Arcadia 78rpm Orchestra and spending time in the very good and staunch company of The Wild Geese.  Should you be travelling there also may the road rise to meet you.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Stall Clearance for One Day Only

Once upon a time in Arcadia, namely today, Thursday 10th July in this the Year of Our Lord & Other Drubbings 2014, I shall be having a CLEARANCE on my stall of current stock which will be sold to regulars, irregulars and passers-by at or below trade prices to mark the commencement of my two-week Summer Holiday or Campaign in the Field.  After today I will be back at the stall on Thursday 31st July when prices will have re-adjusted themselves to afford me a small profit.   Thank-you.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014


Bought yesterday at Kempton a number of floats including an Allcocks 'Snake-Head' with Tays Wires and some Victorian Cork on Quill floats for immediate sale at a place worth loitering known as 'Just in, Sir!' on my website.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Post-War Testament

Found this morning at Kemptonia and consumed this afternoon in one over a pot of tea stewed a 1962 Kelly's Directory of Watford comprising 'Sections' on Streets, Private Residents, Commercial Premises, Villages, Trades and 'Official Information' amongst which are the local Fishing Tackle Dealers of the time and the infamous War Department Estate a.k.a 'The Patch'.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

In Your Burberry Fishing Suit

Once upon a time in Arcadia, on a Thursday when the weather was particularly hot, ladies and gentlemen abroad on the dusty streets of London might be found kitted out in Burberry Fishing Suit, which was 'Workmanlike in plan, embodied liberty-giving devices such as Pivot Sleeves and expanding pleats and ensured freedom for casting or 'playing' fish'.   Made in Gabardine, woven and proofed it was said to exclude both rain and wind but was yet 'airylight and non-conductive and the coolest kit to wear on close days'.

Should you be a lady or a gentleman abroad on the dusty streets of London, today, Thursday 3rd July in this the Year of Our Lord 2014 you are invited to don your Burberry Fishing Suit and join me at my stall which for this week only and therefore for today only between the hours of 8am until 3, is situated OUTSIDE in the liberty-giving fresh air of Lamb Street, directly bordering the market building at Spitalfields Market in the district of London known as E.1.  As usual I will have with me a vast array of Vintage Fishing Tackle for the Soul and have been reliably informed by the market management that rain and wind will be excluded.  Thank-you.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Gut-Eyed Victoria

Bought yesterday during a long day on the road a number of Victorian or possibly Edwardian Large Gut-Eyed Salmon Flies, the eyes of which are shown here next to a later One Penny piece for scale.   For sale individually or collectively via the Field Telephone Number 07980 274 383.