Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Maughold

When I got up two floppy eared black faces were looking at me expectantly for an outing,  so I took  the two labs for  a walk around the cliffs near Maughold village and a swim at Laxey beach.


Maughold church



Maughold lighthouse




Laxey beach

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Nostalgia...... boats & bikes

Clearing out some clutter I came across some old photos

Sue holds fore & aft lines in Temple lock
Above picture is of the first Thames boat we owned, back in the 80's it was rare to see a narrowboat on the Thames.

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Princess 32



Birchwood 33GT our last Thames cruiser


Rest Days getting readied to be lifted in after  winter  at Penton Hook. marina 

Nikita loved the Stone lion at Beale Park



On our  old fishing boat out of Castletown IOM

... and some old racing photos

Oulton Park track day
Donington park - Rocket Ron Haslam race school
Jurby IOM race meeting (novice orange bib)

Oulton park race meeting
Cadwell park race meeting

Endurance team and pit crew
Le Mans start to 4 hour endurance event

I'm in there somewhere

My meagre racing trophies

Lastly one for the road.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

Remember

This pin reminds me of my old mate Jack who was an army despatch rider  during the Dunkirk evacuations


Sunday, 5 November 2017

Not all work no play

Lots of chores to be done at home.. what a bore they are ... mainly in the gardens. The old Landrover has come in handy for the numerous trips to the amenity site to get rid of two years worth of cuttings from trees and shrubs. I have now got the front garden under control  but the rear garden full of overgrown rhododendrons, conifers, tall birch tree, and a dead elm tree will be done by a local gardener. I have clambered up these garden pests in the past but now it is either beyond me or I just can't be arsed. 


It's not all been hard work though our daughter has treated us to a superb meal out at Mcfarlanes.


And some long walks with the dogs

Our girl planned a surprise microlight flight as a birthday treat for Sue.


Sue and her pilot.
No way in the world you would get me up in one of those contraptions, Sue loved it.  She had a half hour flight from Andreas air field down the coast to the lighthouse at the point of Ayre, over a ship wreck and a low pass over Jurby airfield runway.

Bit of a squeeze getting in to the thing.

I  had a treat too when I was taken up to Grenaby Estates for an afternoon of clay pigeon shooting, being a complete novice I was surprised how many I actually hit, Nikita is a regular shooter and it showed.


Hill walking south of the island