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  1. This weeks little trip out was to the same field as last (Wheat stubble) but the field had been disced and the pigeon numbers had reduced slightly. This was of no concern whatsoever as this time my pal Stour Boy was to accompany me with his dog Decker which made for a bit of a catch up and scrap of lunch and a good deal of banter. I always look forward to our banter and the food goes down well too. Invariably on such occasions I try to get there early to start setting up and last Wednesday was no exception. I was in the final stages of setting up the whirly, 2 floaters and a dozen flocked shells when my pal turned up. The wind had changed round to Northerly so I chose the opposite side of the field with a field of tall maize to the rear which hopefully would give shelter from the wind. As these fields are out on the marshes, it`s surprising how the chilly the wind can be on occasions. Being on the North Kent coast, there is no land mass between this area and the North Pole so a Northerly can be quite uncomfortable at times. However, today the forecast was for just a breeze but even this proved uncomfortable despite the maize as a buffer so I put an extra net at our backs as a shield, or at least a filter. The first bird in took us by surprise and came right in low in front unseen and flared away without a shot being taken. We try to take it in turns to shoot but obviously any birds approaching from left or right and offering one of us the best opportunity is taken accordingly. We were getting a few shots, connecting with some and missing others. One or two were coming from behind with the wind and giving very little chance to get the gun to the shoulder let alone get a shot off before they were well out of range with apparently no intention of turning into the wind and into the decoys. However, the odd one did overfly and then spotted the whirly and come back in for another look. These were the ones that we connected with on occasions as they gave us more time to prepare for the shot, although Stour Boy pulled off a cracking snap shot at one hell bent for other pastures. On this occasion he used his 16 bore Darne side by side to good effect. As always, as soon as the food comes out, a pigeon appears over the decoys so this time we took it in turns to have our bit of tucker. This weeks `feast` consisted of sausage pie (courtesy of Mrs Stour Boy), cheese scones (courtesy of my daughter- my wife doesn`t do puddings- or much else if I`m honest) and a couple of chocolate bars. The pork and pickle pies that I brought were left uneaten. Knowing my wife`s lack of pie making, Mrs Stour Boy had made me a lovely apple and blackberry crumble to take home. So thank you Sue for that, it was delicious. We were getting the occasional bird come in but not as frequently as I encountered last week so the bag was smaller but totally irrelevant as the company and seeing the dog working was the highlight of this short trip. We did drop a couple in the dyke behind but agreed not to send the dog as a very dyke-smelling dog in our hide was not conducive to the enjoyment of our food, so retrieval of these was attempted when packing up. Unfortunately even an extended hide pole wouldn`t reach and Stour Boy very unsportingly didn`t wish to send the dog and have his car smell of dyke on the way home. I just couldn`t understand his logic. During our session we had been watching a tractor and trailer two fields away bringing in the final loads of onions. I made a visual note of where the onion field was, mainly tucked out of sight behind a large block of maize. I have therefore just returned today from a drive out on the marsh to locate the field and have returned with two large bags of white onions. I also spotted a field of reds just being finished, so that will get a visit tomorrow. On the way home today I also had chat with another farmer friend who had just started getting his spuds in, both reds and whites. Like the farmer with the onions, I always get offered bag or two, but I get more pleasure from `gleaning` direct from the field. I have now got sufficient spuds and white onions with some to be given to my daughter. Just the reds, my personal favourites to get. Back to our day on the pigeons, we ended our short session with just 14 pigeons with 4 lost (2 in the dyke and two in the maize behind) but more importantly had a thoroughly enjoyable few hours out, a good bit of banter and of course put the world to rights. I was asked on a few occasions whether my cartridges had any lead in them. That was after Stour Boy`s cracking snap shot and immediately after my two easy misses. My reply as always is "It`s not the winning, it`s the taking part that counts". Heaven forbid that either of us should take up clay shooting. I would add that we do hit our fair share as well, it`s just that my form recently is a little below par. Does that worry me? Not one iota. The next time could be completely different and hopefully will be. Many thanks for enduring my latest report of our day. OB
  2. Hoist by my own petard there Scully. Well spotted.
  3. Evening Scully, if your nephew’s gun was identical to Whitebridge’s, then I think that you’ll find it was a ‘Jubilee’ not a ‘Jubilee Prestige’. The Prestige had the sideplates. Exactly the same otherwise and both lovely guns to shoot. Old Boggy with his pendant’s hat on.
  4. You`re welcome Lisa ........................oh, sorry, I thought you said thank you I didn`t expect to be showered with kisses,but the courtesy of a reply wouldn`t have gone amiss OB
  5. Would this be your `Guard fish` John ? Garfish caught by my late brother spinning from his sailing boat 6 years ago. OB
  6. Your `Guard fish`, would that be a Garfish? Got a light green almost florescent backbone. Good eating those. Haven`t caught one for ages, but is probably because I don`t go fishing anymore. My favourites too are whiting and dabs. Used to catch dabs and Dover soles in a small home made beam trawl that I used to tow behind my boat. Those were the days, when there were fish abundant around our shores. OB
  7. Nigel Brown’a book puts it at 1898. Hope this helps. OB
  8. F.A.I.R (Fabbrica Armi Isidoro Rizzini) make the Lincoln range of guns and in my opinion are good value for money. I did have a 16 bore Lincoln Jubilee and currently have a 16 bore Lincoln Jubilee Prestige (sideplated box lock O/U). I.Rizzini are regarded as second best of the Rizzini clan with B.Rizzini (Batista Rizzini) being the best and E.Rizzini (Emilio Rizzini) being the lesser of the three. The Lincoln range are one of the only Italian manufacturers building their guns on truly scaled down actions. My 16 bore weighs 6 lbs 4 oz which I think is the ideal weight for a 16. Hope that this helps. OB
  9. Many thanks for your reply. I will attempt to use imgbb that I used some time ago but have forgotten how to since. OB
  10. Yes that`s what it said. So if I take a photo close up it`s OK but outside in the country it`s not? Genuine question from a technophobe. OB
  11. It`s great to see you back in your stone hide on Lough Neagh Big Al. As MM has said, it doesn`t seem that long ago that we were enjoying your last season. Love to see the dogs working. Great video as always and please keep them coming. Many thanks for posting. OB
  12. I have no knowledge of Browning or Chapuis but on my over & unders (20 bore Highlander shown and a 16 bore Lincoln Prestige) there is a small button on the action face if when pressed holding the top lever, this then releases said lever. I`ve seen this on many O/Us and I assume that the release mechanism on mine is somewhat cheaper than Browning or Chapuis. Is this correct ? Perhaps someone could explain to me why I can post this photo and yet when I tried to post a photo of the bag of pigeons lately, it wouldn`t allow me to. Answers in simple layman`s terms please. Many thanks. OB
  13. I loved watching that again. It was a question on the planets if I recall and he spouted on and on explaining why the answer was ‘C’ or whatever and got it wrong. Loved the look on his face when told the proper answer. OB
  14. Having carried out a little reconnaissance the previous day, there were three possible options for my short session out to bag a few pigeons on Wednesday. My first option and plan A was a small 20 acre wheat stubble where I saw a few down feeding. This has been a good provider of pigeon in the past being fairly close to a village where a steady flightline can build up. However, being close to a farm house, I choose only to shoot it when there is a Northerly or Easterly wind taking the noise of the shots away from the house. The forecast had been for an Easterly wind, hence my first option. However, the wind changed on Wednesday to more South Easterly, so I decided not to shoot there. My next option was a field of newly cut (two days previously) spring barley (Plan B), but on the way to view this and suspecting that few birds would have found it anyway, I had a look at my third option (Plan C) a wheat stubble where I had seen a few down feeding but no significant flightline to the field. Wednesday was different and a good flightline had developed but bypassing `my` field and on their way to other pastures. I didn`t even bother looking at option 2 as I thought that as there seemed to be quite a few about and may offer me the odd shot or two. In my younger days with more time to spend in the field I would have followed this flightline to see where the pigeons were feeding, but these days my time out is limited to a few hours so I am content with a few in the bag and no chasing round the countryside. The easiest and more comfortable option was to set up on the opposite side of the field to the flightline with the hope of enticing a few into my pattern. Again, a younger person would have set up immediately under the flightline but this would mean sitting in bright sunlight facing the wind. I chose a spot with a dyke behind me and the cooling wind from behind. These days I would much rather sit in comfort and have a few shots than sit in uncomfortable conditions and shoot loads. It`s an age thing I`m sure. Anyway, against my own better judgement to use the whirly and rely just on fieldcraft, I set the whirly out to my right with the hope that it might just attract a few off the flightline and towards my position. I also had two floaters, a dozen flocked half shells and half a dozen dead birds set up on cradles. I didn`t have to wait long before the first pigeon came within range having spotted the whirly and headed for my position. It collapsed to my first shot. This shot put up a small bunch from further afield which then came back over my head fairly high and I shot a fast overhead bird which fell in the field behind, easily to be retrieved later. Another came right into the pattern and was dealt with accordingly. I thought that if they continue like this I will be in for a larger bag than usual. They did continue, however my shooting turned from pretty good to positively abysmal. I was bringing down the occasional pigeon but my form just would not return. I was however, getting plenty of practice ! An easy opportunity was missed when two landed within range, but I was preoccupied with a large slice of gipsy tart courtesy of my daughter and didn`t spot them coming in. The pigeon were still being attracted off their flightline by the whirly so I decided to keep it out. On occasion a young bird would land amongst the decoys, but was left to attract older birds. I did shoot a few youngsters as can be seen in the photo which flew over high. My attention was distracted for a while watching seven buzzards above me circling on the thermals. It`s common now to see four or five, so seven was a little unusual. 10 years ago, one in this area would be an absolute rarity and a talking point locally, but not so now. I ended up my short 2 1/4 hour session with 21 pigeons picked with 3 lost, two in a wide dyke that I couldn`t retrieve and one which flew on and dropped out in the middle of a field of maize. The photo shows those picked before retrieving the ones on the field behind which required a drive round headlands to gain access to the field. I don`t normally count my empties, but on this occasion I was interested to see just how badly I had shot. When I got home I counted 62 empties cases. Perhaps normal if roost or flightline shooting, but decoying and I must say most were reasonably easy shots, I was a little disappointed with my accuracy, or lack of it. Regardless of that, it didn`t worry me unduly and I had a thoroughly enjoyable and busy time during my short time out. I evaluated this into roughly 2 shots per minute, but as quite a lot were second barrel shots, the time between shots can be misleading. Wouldn`t allow me to upload photo as saying `1 file larger than 4.88MB and was skipped`, which I find strange as I`ve just posted something elsewhere on the forum with no problems. Thanks for reading and apologise if it`s a bit long winded. OB
  15. Marples are what I`ve used over the years and cost me £11.00 new. Cannot remember how long ago that was though. My carpentry skills leave a lot to be desired but they`ve done me well. And before anyone says it, yes, I know, they could do with a really good clean. OB
  16. Watching any reply with interest as I have a case requiring similar TLC. OB
  17. I totally agree regarding ST on a downward spiral. Used to enjoy the writing of Colin Willock, John Humphreys, Fred Taylor etc etc. Also accumulated loads of books and have no wish for them to be piled up and taken to the tip when I shuffle off this mortal coil, hence why am gradually starting to sell them on here to people who may enjoy them as I have done over the years. OB
  18. Another cracking video. Thoroughly enjoyed that. Excellent fieldcraft, shooting and dog work and of course putting the video all together. Many thanks for posting. Please keep them coming. OB
  19. Payment for the Boothroyd and Austin books most promptly received and books posted. Many thanks Swan40 OB
  20. Reserved for Swan40
  21. This is still for sale. Dogs has decided that he can get it cheaper on fleabay. OB
  22. Sold to Swan 40 pending the usual Many thanks, OB
  23. Sold to Dogs Many thanks
  24. Modern Sporting Guns by Christopher Austin. £22.00 posted. I think that I should be selling to the American market. Just seen this up for $100 All my books are in excellent condition and from a smoke free home. Thanks for looking. OB
  25. Next up following my clear out are 4 books by Geoffrey Boothroyd. Prices listed include postage. 1 book £12.50 2 books £20.00 3 books £28.00 4 books £35.00 Please post on here rather than by PM in fairness so that first come can be seen to be first served. Thanks for looking. OB
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