The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough.

Rabindranath Tagore

Butterfly Moments

3 Comments CherryPie on Jul 25th 2021

Short S27

The original Short S27 was equipped with a Gnome rotary engine. This replica in the Fleet Air Arm Museum is fitted with a similar Gnome Le Rhone engine and representative propeller to illustrate the appearance of the aircraft in service.*

Short S27

Short S27

Short S27

Early aircraft wings were usually covered with a fabric such as linen. This fabric was painted with a special paint called dope to seal the fabric. If you added too many layers of dope the aircraft would be to heavy to take off!

Both sides in WW1 developed incendiary bullets that would set fire to fabric covered wings. As engines tended to leak oil and fuel and the wings are very flammable this could leave you in the hot seat if you were hit. *

Dashboard & Wicker Seat

Dashboard & Wicker Seat, Westgate Seaplane Station

These items came from unknown World War 1 aircraft based at the Seaplane Station in Westgate-on-Sea, Kent.

The dials have been removed, but the engravings can still be seen on the dashboard. Once removed from the aircraft the dashboard appears to have been converted for domestic use. The added sections look to have been made to hold stationery!

Seats in WW1 aircraft were made from light and weatherproof material, It is likely the pilot would have had a cushion to sit on. This would have been made of leather and padded with light material, such as horsehair and fabric.*

Dashboard & Wicker Seat

*information provided next to the exhibit

  • More information on the Short S27 can be found here.

2 Comments CherryPie on Jul 23rd 2021

Unexpected Visitor

I was sitting home alone on the patio as the sun went down when I heard an unexpected rustle in the sun parched greenery and looked up to see this little guy. What a lovely treat for me.

The young blackbird with his distinctive personality also graced me with his presence as did a fleeting bat.

Unexpected Visitor

The photos aren’t brilliant I only had my phone to hand.

2 Comments CherryPie on Jul 22nd 2021

… followed by fine dining on the patio

Shadow Selfie

The weather was hot and humid so I waited until the late afternoon for my walk, choosing a route with plenty of shade.

Smashed Salmon Hash

2 Comments CherryPie on Jul 21st 2021

Bridleway 2021 Project

Today was a scorcher with the temperature reaching 84F as I arrived home after an afternoon four miler.

I walked to Leegomery Pool where I sat and lingered for a while watching the fish just under the surface of the pool. Occasionally as the fish swam a fin emerged above the water level reminding me of Nessie (in Lock Ness). I continued my walk via a long loop to Apley woods where I chose to walk in the woodland rather than the metaled pathways. I sat a while watching the ducks on the duck pool before making my way home along the local bridle pathway.

Fine Dining

Much later after I had cooled down I enjoyed ‘Fine Dining’ on the patio with Mr C.

2 Comments CherryPie on Jul 20th 2021

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Feathered Friends

6 Comments CherryPie on Jul 18th 2021

… some things just have to be done

Outdoor Cooking

Lemon & Basil Pork Skewers

And much later the bats graced us with their presence :-)

6 Comments CherryPie on Jul 18th 2021

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