Monday, 6 November 2017

Twilight Double scramble

Excellent day out at Bruntingthorpe, was on starter crew for XS904 with my pals Martin Forster and Pete O'Callaghan, so an all ex 5 squadron crew. The event was well attended with over 400 photographers. Looking at the Facebook page and images, it looks like they certainly got their money's worth.

Our jet was the one on the left, you can see the Avpin smoke and fumes against the dark backdrop. Photo by Kevin Dack.

The A Team prior to start up, photo courtesy of Michelle Middleton

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Double Q scramble at twilight

Saturday along with a few pals, we are going to Bruntingthorpe to run both jets on a role play double Q scramble at twilight, subject to serviceability of course. This will likely be the last visit of the year. Be good to meet up with the team.


As we have recently had Virgin Media lay fibre cables in our street, have decided to take a TV and Broadband package with them from 30th November. A much better deal and faster broadband speeds. Now awaiting confirmation of the new installation. An early Christmas present.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Wall

A few days back, I decided to repaint one of the walls in my bedroom as there was a crack in the old paintwork. Easy job I thought, not so in reality. The wall is papered however and that is where the saga begins. Rubbed down all the cracked area, filled it with filler, sanded it down all looked good. 

Painted the area with the new paint, looked reasonable and left to dry. Today After having already pre painted the edges of the wall and still looked good, got out the paint roller and all going well till I hit the cracked area, then the paper bubbled up and bits came off on the roller.

 So will have to let the area dry off, put some PVA on to seal it, fill again with filler and after drying sand and repaint, this time with a brush. Wish me luck with the final result.

Saturday, 21 October 2017


Continued with the winter clean up today, washed down the white plastic barge-boards, soffits  and guttering, a tad windy to say the least, but looking much better for the effort. Patched up some guttering joints where some water seepage was evident. Getting a bit too old to be climbing up ladders these days, but job done..

Friday, 20 October 2017

Prep before winter

It is now time to clean the plastic tri wall roofing on my porch roof, accumulation of tile dust from the house roof settles and obscures the daylight. So up on the garage roof with bucket of soapy water and soft broom with a hose down after will see it done for the winter,


Seems to be the time of year that various things need renewing, my passport has expired and also my driving license due in January, both applied for yesterday, next will be my bus pass due in January. Such is life.