Flew to Cromer today after following the Norfolk coast line from Felixstowe. A very enjoyable flight and landed (Rwy 04) at Cromer airfield. A rather short runway of 615m. Had coffee and flew back to Fowlmere via Blakeney, Wells and Hunstanton.
When we approached Fowlmere we noticed a herd of deer on the runway. Fortunately they scattered when we approached.
As it was a lovely evening, we decided to fly to Keyston which is only 20 mins away near Thrapston. A bumpy landing (long grass) and parked on the side of the runway and took the short walk to The Pheasant pub. Had a chat with pilots and crew of 2 other aircraft who had drinks outside. Flew back and got back to Fowlmere at 19:30.
Travelled to Southend Airport as I have been told that G-JFWI has now been refitted with new avionics. Rather windy to fly back but apart from this, the weather is not too bad. After instructions on the new avionics I started her up and found the flaps to inoperable. After a quick diagnosis it appears a connector had come apart and once fixed I was on my way. A check with Duxford confirmed that there was 22kts crosswind so a tricky landing ahead. Messed up the first approach so after a go-around the next attempt was much better and parked her up.
Today is the big birthday party celebration in the village hall. Got the band and hog roast arranged. Hall decorated, drinks sorted.
I am happy that everyone made a real effort to dress up and it appears they are all enjoying themselves. The band is brilliant, the food excellent and the company superb. Couldn’t have been better.
Sent the photos to all the people who attended.
We met up with a group of friends and enjoyed the Coton bowls club annual quiz in Coton village hall. This was a very well organised quiz with lovely Chilli-con-carne and apple tart for pudding. To our very surprise we were informed that we had actually won the quiz and were given a chocolate egg each as a reward. Not a bad way to spend your Saturday evening.
The weather has not improved much and after a quick swim and breakfast we have travelled to Mottisfont Abbey. A lovely historical priory and country estate in Hampshire, England. Sheltered in the valley of the River Test.
Afterwards we travelled back to Haslingfield via Abingdon and Buckingham where we had a cream tea.
It looks like Sunday is probably the best day of the Easter weekend and have decided to go to Beaulieu Motor Museum. An interesting museum where they exhibit the development of the car and motorbike over the last 100 years. Saw some very interesting and expensive cars. Also enjoyed the tour of the house and gardens. Had dinner in the New Forest Inn.
Today is rather poor weather, windy, wet and cold and have decided to go to Lymington. A picturesque village in the edge of the Solent. Visited a couple of shops and had a look around. Went back to the hotel for a swim and had a Thai meal in the evening.
We decided at the last minute to spend Easter in the New Forest Lodge hotel in the Lyndhurst. A pleasant hotel with indoor swimming pool just outside the centre. It took us most of Friday to get there due to heavy traffic and rather poor weather. In the evening we had dinner at the Waterloo Arms which was a short walk away.