The last few weeks have been a blur of motorways, meetings, hotel rooms, Costa coffee cups and triple-combo service station sandwiches. Last week I managed to drive 1,200 miles in six days including an overnighter from Dungeness in Kent, after meeting the Dungeness Angling Association’s committee, to St Ives in Cornwall for an overdue meeting with some key volunteers for the Angling Trust.
I’m now on my way to Southampton for an evening meeting to discuss bait digging in the Southern IFCA district before an overnight stay in Bournemouth and a meeting tomorrow with the RNLI in Poole about our sea angling safety campaign – more on that later. It’s then home for a quick turnaround before heading to London that evening and crashing in a friend’s spare room (he doesn’t know that yet) in order to get the first Eurostar train to Brussels on Wednesday for a European Anglers Alliance meeting and a two day ICES workshop before eventually getting home late on Friday evening – by which time I will have been away from home for six out of the last 10 work nights. Christmas will be a very welcome break by the time it comes around. Until then it’s back behind the wheel and onwards!