On the right side of the tench line — Pottering around the garden — Interviewing Ryley Oakley, who has signed his first professional contract — See you at a game this week?

On the right side of the tench line

Not going to bed until well after 1.00 a.m. I left the morning angling session open-ended, on the basis that if I woke I’d go but if not, an evening trip it would be instead.

My body woke me at first light.

I’m currently in the habit of getting up at that time and only a few hours sleep wasn’t enough to break the pattern.

Once out of bed, I’m on my way in a very short period of time.

While the kettle is boiling to make a flask of tea, I’ve loaded the car and I’m ready for the off.

I’ve currently got The Temptations Sing Smokey on my iPhone and that’s what kept me company on the way.