Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Thou shall hev a fishy, on a little dishy


Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a fishy when the boat comes in.

Assorted  lyrics  for this traditional song are here, or you can listen over here for added atmosphere.



Meet Bernard the gurnard, the boys seem to manage to catch a gurnard every year on their mackerel fishing trip: it is always called Bernard.

Not sure why Bernard looks so happy, he is destined for the bar-b-que.

Bernard take 2-2

and very tasty he was too.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “Thou shall hev a fishy, on a little dishy

  1. The thing looks like a piece of cooked lobster. What does it taste like anyway? And if it’s become such a delicacy, could we in the Great Lakes Basin interest you in frozen filets of Asian Carp?

  2. Thanks for the comment, and for the good wishes. If you consider that your competition is mainly people like Inspector Gadget and Motorcop, I think you’ll see why you earn a place on the “normal” list.

    As always, good pics. I like the song too; I hadn’t heard that one before.

  3. I’ve always loved this particular folksong, it brings back memories of watching the TV series ‘When The Boat Comes IN’ as well. At least Bernard seems to have died happy!

  4. I somehow think that that fish would not fit into a ‘little dishy’.

    Grandad used to sing us all the old folk songs and that was included. Our fish came off the cart all the up from Sheilds. Bright eyed just like your gurnard. Not tasted that one.

  5. I agree this fish looks so happy – is it the smile on it’s face or the twinkle in it’s eye?

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