Drove up north today to have a look at a possible replacement for our damaged Cessna C172. This one was a 1981 Reims Cessna 172. The aircraft was in original condition which means it will need a new radio and a new mode S transponder. Will also require a new audio panel. The interior looks a little tired as does the outside paintwork but will look fine after a wash and a polish. The airframe is fairly low hrs but the engine has 2100hrs and may well need to be overhauled soon. Need to have a good think on this one.
Our last day in New York. Got up, had breakfast and took the 50 minute drive to the airport filling up with petrol. Flight to Gatwick departed on time and arrived at 21:45 which was 90 minutes ahead of schedule mainly due to an 80 Kts jetstream tailwind. Got home at 00:15.
Drove to New York for our last full day. Parked the car near our hotel in Queens and took the metro into Manhattan. Spent a couple of hours in the Guggenheim museum after which we went to Central Park for a leisurely stroll. Had tea in the park and took the subway to Times Square. Gazed and amazed at the many billboards. Very busy area of New York. Had dinner in a typical American Diner.
Sunday today and after breakfast we walked the Mid Hudson walkway bridge. A pleasant stroll across the Hudson river. In the afternoon we went to Sleepy Hollow and as it was close to Halloween, many places were decorated with pumpkins. Visited the Old Dutch Church. Sleepy Hollow is famous for the headless horseman which supposedly roams the town. Went back in the evening and enjoyed Italian food in Poughkeepsie with Ed and Betsy.
Helped Ed with his wine production. He buys the grapes, ferments them and then makes his own wine. A good hobby! We had lunch in the Cullinary Institute of America. The college where they teach the worlds’ top chefs and very nice it was. Saw “Olana” in the afternoon where the painter Frederic Church used to live and work. An impressive and interesting building which was very enjoyable. Went to an american pun in the evening. Very different from the ones in England. They seem to like noise and BIG TV screens with a myriad of sports.
Got up very early this morning to catch the Norwegian flight to New York this morning. Departure at 05:50 which by any stretch is early. Managed to get a coffee when they opened at 05:00. A fairly uneventful flight in the Boeing 787. Picked up the hire car and then drove into Manhattan. Parked the car and visited “ground zero” where they built some impressive water features. Very busy. Went to the Rockefeller Centre on 5th Avenue. Drove to Poughkeepsie in the late afternoon to see Ed and Betsy.
Prue had her bi-annual exhibition in Grantchester village hall this weekend. She was joined by several other talented artists while tea, coffee and cake was offered. A very successful weekend with several paintings and many postcards being sold.