“Last Wednesday on the Hampstead walk we were in the Vale of Health and I was waxing lyrical about John Keats when I realised that no-one was listening to me.
A fisherman had landed a huge fish moments after we arrived at the pond. Half of the group were down by the pond taking pictures. I could not believe that such a small pond could have such a large fish. He weighed it, coming in at just over two stone. In Zone Two!
That's the only problem with being a London Walks guide. Sometimes events upstage you.
I tried to soldier on. ‘He got it in Tesco,’ I cried, ‘I can see the bar code on it.’ But then the enormous beast refused to pose for pictures and put up a brave fight, thrashing around to such an extent that it almost toppled the fisherman over. I gave up and went with the flow and we all worshipped at the altar of the monster in NW3.
Thanks to Shirley Reeves who took this picture, without which you would think I was not telling the truth or exaggerating. Which of course, a London Walks guide would never do.”
Thanks Richard III!
Thanks also to London Walker Shirley Reeves, who sent us the picture. She adds:
“Attached is the carp photograph you requested. Thanks once again for the hugely enjoyable and informative walk. I hope to join you again in the fairly near future.”
POST UPDATED 24/2/16
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