Prue’s Birthday

Today is Prue’s birthday. After yesterday’s cycling antics we are a little stiff. Prue went to see an art exhibition in the morning. Drove to the airfield for a short flight but found it too hazy to fly (even rang Cambridge ATC and they confirmed visibility was too poor). Went to open gardens at Childerley Manor. We had another look at flying later in the day but this time thunderstorm were forecast.

So had tea and cake instead.

Duxford Airshow

Cycled to the Duxford Airshow today. Glorious weather and as Fowlmere airfield is closed we though it would be a good display at Duxford. Very busy. Took us 1hr to get there at 11am. The show started at 1pm and were treated to Dassault Rafale (very noisy), DC3, B17 Sally B, Fokker Drei-decker, Sopwith Camel, French air display team, Spitfire, Catalina, Wing walkers and many others.

Cycled back at 6pm, just in time to go to the quiz at the Hare and Hounds.

Ventnor – Isle of Wight

Woke up this morning and a cold and rather grey sky with very low clouds. Hope it clears up to fly back later today. Decided to take the bus to Ventnor and have look around. Had coffee at the Spyglass Inn which was a very cosy establishment. Walked via the coastal path to the botanical gardens which were very nice. Walked back to Ventnor via Steephill cove which is a little treasure. Took the bus back to Shanklin at 3pm and just as we were having a late lunch the weather cleared up. Left Sandow airfield at 5pm and got back to Fowlmere at 6:30pm. Just enough time to go to the quiz at the Hare and Hounds. An enjoyable weekend.

Sandown

Picked up the aircraft this morning with a brand new alternator. As the weather was beautiful we decided to fly to Sandown on the Isle of Wight. A very nice flight over the new forest landing at Sandown. We booked a single night at a bed and breakfast in Shanklin which was a 2 mile walk from the airfield. Had a look around the town which was very pleasant and picturesque. We visited the famous Shanklin chine. Had fish and chips at Vernon’s Cottage.

Thrupp

We were invited by Mike and Diana to spend a day on their boat near Thrupp and as they were moored next to Oxford airport, would have been a good choice (apart from no plane this weekend) hence we drove to Oxford. Spent a couple of hours next to the river and the pub for lunch. Unfortunately Prue was teaching on Monday evening so had to back at 4pm. Nevertheless a very good weekend.

Lowestoft

Spent the night in “The Wherry” hotel in Lowestoft. A very pleasant hotel with a great view of the river Waveney. Had Pimms on the terrace and see the sun go down. What a better way to spend the evening. The following morning (Sunday) we went for a boat trip on the Norfolk broads. Again a good way to waste time. Had cake and coffee for lunch (what else 🙂 and drove back in the MG through Lavenham and Suffolk. Went to the pub and did the quiz (I posed the questions).

Southwold

Unfortunately the aircraft is not available due to a broken rudder spring.

This weekend is glorious weather and decided to go to the Suffolk coast at Southwold. A lovely place but very busy with tourists and not that warm on the beach due to a fairly brisk easterly breeze. Still spending a couple of hours on the beach. We then walked the pier and drove on to Lowestoft.