Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Christmas Eve

and all is well, gifts all wrapped, house tidied for the clan to arrive tomorrow for Christmas. Even managed to take advantage of a lovely sunny fresh day, and cleaned the car. Just hope Santa read my list and leaves a malt whisky and piece of shortbread for me, Merry Christmas everyone.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

General Election

Wandered up to the polling station to register my vote on Thursday morning. Was concerned about what the outcome would be, considering all the polls and predictions suggested it could be a close contest. Really pleased with the result, had dreaded the thought of Jeremy Corbyn and his party winning, would have bankrupted the country with their manifesto of borrowing, borrowing non stop.

Was pleasantly surprised that the Tories had a majority win so now we are promised Brexit at long last. Go Boris.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Updated business card

Decided that my old business card needed a bit of an update so created a new one, the photo is credited to Michelle Middleton, taken on the 16th November 2019 at the double Lightning reheat photo shoot at Bruntingthorpe airfield.

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Winter prep

Looking at the weather forecast for the next week or so, it is going to get quite cold, perhaps the start of winter. While the weather is still reasonable and dry at the moment, I took the opportunity to disconnect and stow the hose and reel from the back garden and turn of the water supply from the garage connection. Maybe a bit overkill, but a few winters back, this water connection froze solid and forced the pipework apart. Luckily I spotted it before the thaw came on and reconnected the pipe.

We have had new double glazing both door and window in the rear garage and it does not get so cold there now. also lagged all the cold water pipework just to keep things a bit warmer.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Lightning Twilight Photo shoot

Yesterday was spent at Bruntingthorpe airfield for the Twilight Photo shoot, a dry day and even got warm for a bit. Also as part of the day was a dedication to my late pal Peter.

I volunteered for starter crew duties and for that part everything went according to plan, a great display which Peter would have loved. It was also great to meet Peter's sister and husband who travelled all the way fro Denmark for this special day.

Forgot to mention I met a few friends and enjoyed a Lightning biscuit from Michelle Middleton who attended with her husband Dave. It did get quite cold by the time the jets were ready to perform at 4pm, but got significantly warmer when reheat was engaged.

There will be a further twilight photo shoot in April 2020, but I will give that a miss and try to make it for the May bank holiday Cold War Jets open day.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

My LPG debut year

Way back in 2009 I met my pal Peter O'Callaghan somewhere in town where I don't remember exactly where. He was an ex 5 Squadron pal of mine from RAF Binbrook days. But for Peter, I would not have known about or through him, been introduced to the Bruntingthorpe team. I have just found this reminder of my first Cold War Jets event.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Lightning Twilight Photoshoot

Saturday the 16th November is on the horizon. I am going to the event with two  pals and with mixed feelings. It will be with a heavy heart that the occasion in memory of my 5 Squadron pal, knowing that I will not be along with him a member of a starter crew for which we both teamed up and enjoyed the pleasure that our efforts brought to many people who are lucky enough to experience the sheer power and acceleration of the English Electric Lightning.

Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and make it a special occasion.

Time Capsule

Created a time capsule of where I lived 143 Lochee Road, Dundee till 1953, very old tenement building on the right with outside toilet share...