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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Withnail, Sep 14, 2012.
Did the earth move for you dear?
Been watching some junior pilots strutting their stuff on my lawn this morning. Tried to get a pix but as soon as the conservatory door opens (it's a bit noisy) they all go into 'full scramble' mode. (Don't know how @Gramaisc does it ?)
The take offs seem good, the landings still in need of work. Mostly spugs and tits and the odd finch (I think, I need a bird book.)
Reminds me of that old pilot's joke: "Take offs are optional. Landings are compulsory."
He's known as the Chick Whisperer out in the Wild West, apparently.
In WW1, the Belgians had a pilot - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmond_Thieffry - who was quite good generally, brought down at least ten German aircraft, but his landings were legendary and used to draw crowds of onlookers.
He ended up flying fighters, as they were single-seaters and nobody else would fly with him.
He actually cost the Belgians more aircraft than the Germans, almost certainly.
On one occasion, he piled it up so spectacularly that the presumption was that it might be his last, and the crowd surged across the airfield towards the remains of the aircraft, then suddenly surged back, as he, in his haste to get out of the potential inferno, set the guns off whilst climbing out of the remains of the cockpit.
That's another old pilot joke: "Any landing you can walk away from is a good enough."
I missed the young uns getting started this year due to the lockdown and Tamar Lake being closed. But this morning I saw a couple of families paddling up the lake. Last year two families stuck together throughout the raising season and I can't help but wonder if it's the same double act.
From today the days will be drawing in ....
... these chaps, who would pose for me, but refused to smile.
On the other side of the bridge was a remarkably tenacious shrub.
Oh do pack it in. It's way beyond boring now.
... on the other side of the hedge from the black ones yesterday, these white ones.
I wonder if it's possible to teach cattle the rules of draughts?
I also found a most impressive lightning tree at the top of the hill.
Grown from seeds no doubt in the distant past.
This morning I saw a couple of swans wearing their facemasks. As provided by the River Tamar ...
A bag of Seychelles seashells from the Seychelles seashore. These Seychelles seashells are seashells I'm sure.
Mrs T reckons they're from China, cynic.
... a road little used by traffic in general, and Reliants, in particular.
And some high-visibility grass.
... an improvised electricity pole.
To avoid interactions between tractor cabs and a slumped span.
I would have liked a bit of plastic tubing around the top rung, but the cables are fairly robust, needing to resist abrasion over years passing through trees.