Saturday, 31 May 2014

Oxborough Hall

To Norfolk in the MGs.  This small moated Tudor house belonged to a Catholic family from 1482.  Very neat place. 

Friday, 30 May 2014

Wimpole Hall

Three pix from the gardens today.  Ann was using infra-red, so hers looked a bit different.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

War Memorial

Wartime wrecks are often a better memorial to the dead than shiny triumphant machines.  This Halifax bomber now at the RAF Museum at Hendon was shot down on its first mission and spent forty years in a Norwegian lake.  Top pic shows the fin and rudder, with the roundel on the fuselage visible behind.  Next down shows one of the main flaps and the rear of the engine nacelle that had detached and damaged it.  Lower pics show the cockpit from the starboard side.  The throttle and mixture levers on the control pedestal are intact, and the elevator trim wheel can be seen beside the pilot's seat.  

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

RAF Museum Place 2

Some grey German planes and a pretty coloured one, plus the elevator and rudder from a British bomber that had been in a Norwegian lake for thirty years.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Jumping in Puddles

What is it like to be two years old and be allowed to jump and splash in muddy puddles just like Peppa Pig?  FUN!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Naughty Field, Part 2

The Eurofighter arrived with a Spitfire, which was going flat out, nose down, while the jet was flying as slowly as possible with leading edge slats extended.  Shutter speed 1/800th.  For the C130 pic, the speed was 1/400th, but the multi-blade props turn more slowly ...

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Banned from "The Naughty Field"

To Duxford for Day 2 of the Air Show, we found that 'The Naughty Field' had been barred to all members of the public.  Apparently the Red Arrows want the field to crash into.  So it was down to Gravel Pit Lane for a nice place in the shade with the sun behind us.  I saw four C-47s over the village on Friday, but only one was in the air today.  Good to see the new Wildcat in the air, gear just retracting.  

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Some 'Not a Very Good Day' Pix

More from a small number of images at Lakenheath.  For us it was a disappointing day's photography, but a couple of years ago this would have been a good result.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Sadie's Actual Birthday

Sadie was up early and opened her presents (Meredith took a liking to the yellow skirt from my aunt) then had a Lego session with Auntie Holly in the afternoon, while Uncle Peter and I watched Cambridge United win promotion to the Football League in the play-offs.  

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Sadie's Birthday Party

Sadie really enjoyed her party.  Her ballet teacher, Miss Hannah, was the party director, and dressed up as Rapunzel, which wowed the kids. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Lakenheath in the Warm Weather

Still not many hobbies, but more dragonflies ... and, er, one less.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Watering ... Everything.

Both girls got well soaked this evening.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014


From Top: Ford GT 40; Lamborghini wheel; Custom car; Mini Clubman van and Clubman van back end trailer.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Sharnbrook Car Show

At the International Hotel, a mix of British and American cars huddled in the wind and light rain, lit by occasional sunshine and visits to the TV screen to see how the Spanish GP was going.  It was a year ago that Peter and I left the same GP to go and look at a blue MGB ...