A Work Trip With Porpoise

At O Street, few things are held in such mythical regard as the annual fishing trip. Chaotic to organise, usually involving rain, and in danger of being overhyped, it is a trip held close to all of our hearts (and brains). It’s a chance to put the tools down, pick the rods up, and spend time with your work colleagues doing anything but work.

Having just returned from another successful voyage out onto Loch Fyne with the same number of team members that we left with, we can share some snaps (sorry mackerel, too soon) and our arthouse holiday video edit as is tradition.

First things first, stock up on fish catching fuel at Fyne Ales. We popped by and picked up some old faithfuls (Easy Trail & Workbench), as well as a keg of Hopsmuggler, a limited run West Coast Pale Ale done in collaboration with Little Thistle Brewing Co. Safe to say it was DELICIOUS and quite possibly unfairly portioned amongst the O team (I’m sorry it was just too tasty).

O Street's 2019 Fishing Trip to Loch Fyne (Left) 2 people standing outside Fyne Ales Farm Brewery Shop. (Right) Tessa in the Fyne Ales Farm Brewery Window.

With the admin out the way, time to get out on that sea loch my dudes! Rods in hand, boat in water, hope in hearts; we set out to catch some mackerz.

Loch Fyne 2019 O Street Fishing Trip. Graphic designer Tessa Simpson is in the foreground, out of focus with Neil Wallace wading into the loch in the background.Black and White Image of O Street Directors David Freer and Anna Dunn on a Fishing boat. O Street's annual fishing trip 2019, Directors Neil Wallace and Tessa Simpson and Design Jonny Mowat fishing from a boat on Loch Fyne.O Street's David Freer Fishing on Loch Fyne, Scotland.

Our main goal was to catch some mackerel for the crackerel, but nature had more to offer! A smorgasbord of Scottish sea-life was presented before us! Seals belly-chased us from their island to the middle of the bay, cormorants swooped nearby, a pod of porpoises came to say hello (we didn’t take any pictures but it was definitely because we live in the moment and definitely not because we tried to take a picture and took a blurry video instead). Last but not least, Tessa caught a MASSIVE starfish! Look at that sucker!

Glasgow-based Graphic Designer, Tessa Simpson holding up a star fish on O Street's Annual Fishing Trip 2019.

We chucked Patrick back in the water, and continued on the hunt for McMackerel. After another hour or so, we took back a tidy haul. There’s really only one thing you should do when you are gifted some fresh lads from the fish kingdom: sushi. It would be rude not to.

O Street Studio Fishing Trip 2019 - (left) Black and white Sunset (right) fish close upOverview of table with various sushi plates from O Street Design Studio's Annual Fishing Trip.

It was truly a nourishing time, belly-wise and soul-wise. Ended in true O Street fashion, with a dubious jam session round the log-fire. As we know, when you pair any black and white footage with a borderline upsetting rendition of a folk song, you have yourself an arthouse production. So please, enjoy our short film, and take care.

 

— Jonny

 

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