Sunday, 18 June 2017

Damsel Flies

Over the past couple of days we have walked locally at Westport Lakes and at Consal Forge.  I noticed that I had a number of photographs of Damsel flies, showing a range of species.
 Large Red Damsel Fly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula)
 Common Blue Damsel Fly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
 Banded Demoiselle female (Calopteryx splendins)
 Western Demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma)
 Azure Damsel Fly (Coenagrion puella)
I could not end without this picture of  a pair of wild Bremen geese with yellow goslings.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Landing at Scatsta

Approaching Sollum Voe from the north, keeping to the north and west of the oil terminus, my Piper Cherokee is at about 1000 feet.
Turning into Sollum Voe we need to fly south into the circuit for the Runway at Scatsta, maintaining about 100 knots airspeed.
As we pass the loading docks, we can descend to 800 feet on approach, keeping to the west side of the water. Landing light on, fuel to full rich.
The crosswind turn brings our aircraft within sight of the runway at Scatsta. First flap position and start a descent to 500 feet.
Turn into finals and line up with the runway second flap position at 1 mile out, throttle back and approach at 80 knots, descending to the precision markings, about 500 feet along the runway.
Across the threshold and descending, ready to rotate at about 15 feet.
Throttle to 15% and applying brakes with full flaps engaged.
Turn off onto the taxiway, flaps to fully up, landing light off
Park and switch off engine, lights and master electrics, apply parking brake and chock the wheels.  Off to the cafe for a snack and a rest.

X-Plane 11 and my own addon scenery.

Thursday, 25 May 2017


 A recent coffee break at Cosford gave me an opportunity to see the Junkers 88 night fighter bomber which has recently been moved there from RAF Hendon Museum.  It is in the WW2 hanger being assembled after transit.
 The nose cone has just been mounted, showing the gun port resesses and the fixings for the radar antennae.
 The radar antennae and flight controles are laid out under the fuselage ready for fixing.
 This is a picture from my album taken in 1975, when this aircraft was at RAF St Athan in South Wales.  At that time it was being restored to its original condition ready for display at RAF Hendon.
Outside the restoration hanger at RAF Cosford Museum is the fuselage of a Hawker Hurricane in early colours.  The paintwork looks as if it is the original 1940 paint, a little worse for wear.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Stand off

This afternoon, we had a visitor using the garden facilities for rest and relaxation.  This lady is suckling cubs and looking a bit ragged around the edges, so she takes every opportunity to rest away from the den.
She spotted one of our bird food thieves and decided to do a bit of worrying.  Foxes will eat squirrels if they get the chance.
We have a stand off.  A fox that cannot climb a metal post and a squirrel that is trapped with a good food supply.  Oh Hum!
After a while, this well fed fox lost interest and decided to investigate something else.
A good stretch and off to the brood again...

PS. The squirrel ran of in the other direction.  It has since returned to eat more bird food and pinch stones from the path to bury in  the lawns.

Sunday, 7 May 2017


 This evening I cleared the debris and excess duckweed from the pond.  With the dry weather it also needed topping up to keep the amphibians happy.  There are several newts present including some young ones, but it is the frogs that are easy to spot.  I counted 5 today and here are some photos.

Sunday, 30 April 2017


 The other day we had some mozzarella cheese slices in a sandwich for lunch.  Rosie suggested it would be a good idea to use them up on a pizza, so here it is.  The remaining slices were cut into short shreds using a pizza cutter and a few left over olives were also sliced in half.
 We had some tomato pulp frozen from last years crop, so that was cooked down into a sauce.  A part bag of Canadian flour was used to make the base and the whole thing was put together.  The bases were cut out using a large pan lid, I usually leave rough edges.
Fresh out of the oven are two pizzas - Mozzarella, cheddar and Parmesan on one and Kallamata and Black olives on the other.  It's basically left overs - Yum!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Bread for breakfast

Yesterday I made carrot soup for lunch.  Just before we were going to eat it I took a phone call from a family friend and the bread mix which I was working on was left in the bowl.  We had our usual wholemeal bread with the soup and it was good.

Left with the mix for flat bread this morning, I threw in a few currants and fried it in the pan.  It was a treat for breakfast with a spread of butter and home made blackcurrant jam.

Take a good amount of self raising flour and add a little sugar and mixed spice.  Throw in a few currants and mix to a stiff dough with milk.  Heat some oil in a moderately warm frying pan.  Divide the dough and flatten to less than a centimetre.  Bake in the pan on both sides until firm.  Cool for a few minutes.
This is almost Canadian trail bread or a giant Welsh cake.