Monday, April 14, 2014

Ascension Island

Ascension-Island-south-At-006Yesterday saw my grandson leave from RAF Brize Norton via RAF Airbus to Ascension Island, on a four week contract constructing aircraft hangars. Went down to my daughters for breakfast and to say bon voyage. Quite and adventure and somewhere I would have liked to have visited in my RAF days.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Bulbs

garden800x600Been a good year for spring bulbs, never seen so many. Mind you the weeds are just as prolific.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Garage tidy up

A nice sunny warm day, so it was into the garage to tidy up. An old gate leg table solid oak top wanted by no one, was the first thing to get broken up. The top I have kept, but the rest is destined for the skip tomorrow morning. I really need to install another mains socket in the garage near my workbench, so that will be the next thing to do later. My next project is to cut up some stainless steel sheet I bought a week back, intend to make a few key rings with bottle opener slot and engraved with a Lightning silhouette filled in with enamel. My Dremel 4000 bought last year has been idle over the winter due to the cold garage, but now that spring is here, must crack on.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Solar Panels

Decided to look into the benefits or otherwise of getting solar panels fitted. An appointment for a quote is arranged for this afternoon. Whether the costs will be justified is of prime importance, as the payback is between 8 and 11 years, something to be considered at my age. The house next door has just had some panels fitted recently and it would appear that quite a few folks round here have also. Looking for a few quotes to see what deals are available.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Servicepals

sp Have been busy over the last month or so, having joined the Admin team at servicepals.com. A brand new forum software by vBulletin and a vast improvement on the last software used. Things are being tweaked behind the scenes to make it a happier friendly forum for all.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Made a start

Yesterday it was fine sunny and warm, sounds of folks mowing their lawns, so thought it time to gather some tools and head of to fork over the front garden borders, get rid of the remaining debris from last years growth. The ground was rock hard, but easy enough to break up. Managed the largest border and intentions of carrying today, but just too cold in the wind, Hopefully warmer tomorrow.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A visit to Bruntingthorpe

015A group of ex5 squadron Lightning guys, me included, headed out to Bruntingthorpe for a day playing with Lightnings. The weather played its part, staying sunny and warm, with a cool breeze. Mission, to do an anti-det reheat run on XS904. All went well with a superb run carried out by Andy Bonsell. Awesome and spectacular event which was enjoyed by all who attended.

After catching up with the lads, it was time to get down to the task in had, helped top up the wing fuel tanks, assisted in opening the canopy and had a bit of lunch.

It was then time to put the old girl through her paces, and she obliged very well. A spectacular No1 reheat light up with me sitting about 12 feet away on the tarmac, what power, vibration and it is no wonder this old girl draws in the crowds on open days. Reheat1024