I have scary looking little alien beings crawling around on my chilli plants… I’m not in the least worried though because these are friendly little aliens. These are Ladybird larvae and they’re wandering around scoffing aphids and generally enjoying themselves… … Continue reading →
June is the month for Dog Roses in this part of the world and I for one think they are wonderful. I’m not a big fan of the cultivated rose to be honest, but when Mother Nature designed these simple … Continue reading →
It’s an age thing I suppose, but did I tell you I had decided to relive my childhood? Well part of it anyway. I realise now this probably started years ago when I found myself getting excited while watching racing cars, trains, fire engines, etc… but things progressed and I’ve ventured into the area of buying ‘boys toys’… how sad is that? Actually I don’t care what other people think because I’m enjoying myself!
I always wanted to own and fly a radio controlled aeroplane as a child, but could never afford it and since my parents didn’t have cash to squander the dream went unrequited like a lost love. Now I’m old, have money I can afford to spend and a certain amount of time on my hands… so I thought to myself ‘Feck it, spend a little and enjoy yourself!’ I took some advice and spent enough for a short holiday and bought myself a model and the required radio equipment.
Multiplex EasyStar II
This is the EasyStar II from Multiplex, the model plane that was recommended to me as a first aircraft. To all intents and purposes this is a powered glider, or at least a glider that is capable of propelling itself to a sufficient height to be flyable. It is made of a foam substance known as ‘Epoflexi’ came in kit form and required building. I hadn’t built a model plane in years and had to learn some new skills, but eventually I got it together, installed the radio and flight battery, took it to the local field and… crashed the damn thing! 😆
There’s more to flying model aircraft than there at first appears, but the skills to repair a damaged model and perseverance paid off…
So guess who went gliding yesterday evening then? Yeah, me! It’s getting on for 50 years since I learned to fly a glider as a member of the Air Training Corps as a kid and I haven’t been gliding since … Continue reading →
The weather here has been pretty wild the last couple of days, it has been wet and windy in the extreme… more like February or March than June in fact. Loads of tree damage everywhere I walk with Tilly from scattered leaves to broken boughs and uprooted trunks. It’s all very sad to see. As for the wild flowers, anything taller than a few centimetres seems to have been flattened.
As usual though Nature is pretty amazing at making sure not everything is destroyed…
Poppy hiding among oilseed rape
At the edge of a field of oilseed rape where just a week ago there had been in excess of a hundred beautiful wild poppies is now a single flower… a beautiful lone survivor of the wind and rain.