Monday, March 31, 2008

Another day flying

Saturday was looking good weather wise. The forecast was for little wind, no rain an some sun.
Off we went with the microlight on the trailer to rig at Galinat airfield. We were also going to meet some friends there. After an hour the aircraft was rigged and we were just making a cup of tea on the camp stove, when a couple of French fixed wing microlights appeared overhead. They both landed and four guys exited to come and shake hands with us. The microlights were both the same make - Hurricanes.
Jude was then in a fluster as we only had four cups with us, but not everyone wanted coffee so we managed.
Our other friends then turned up and I took Whim up for a scout around the local area in the Tanarg. The French pilots and passengers went off for lunch. After their return they left and headed north after giving us the directions to their airstrip and an invite to come and visit whenever we wanted.
We waved them off into the distance.
Jude and I then took off and headed for Domme/Sarlat airfield. When we got there, Jean-Michael was just off to an airfield near Cahors to take a chap flying in his Air Creation Buggy with a HKS engine, he invited us to come along, but we had our sandwiches to eat. We enjoyed a cup of coffee with the microlight club owner and sat in the sun watching the aircraft. There was a very nice autogyro there which parked near our aircraft and was fitted with a BMW motorcycle engine.
After an hour we went back to the aircraft to leave. Jude was having problems with her helmet, but she sorted this when it was pointed out that the visor goes to the front - she had it on back to front!
On the way back we took the scenic route and kept the speed down to about 70 mph at 3000 feet. Jude came over the intercom and told me that the cows or sheep below us were scattering. I found this hard to believe because there was no way that they could have heard us at that height. I looked down to see a football match in progress below us. Cows and sheep indeed, I think she needs glasses!
After another 10 minutes flight Jude commented that the swimming pool below had nice blue water in it. I peered down and informed her that it had got a blue cover over it. For the rest of the flight Jude was very quiet.
It looks like we should be in for some more good flying weather this week.
It is so good to be retired and away from the busy life that we had in the UK.
Click on the pictures for a bigger version.


At 2:53 pm, Blogger fenwoman said...

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At 6:45 am, Blogger jakbop said...

Hi Madman,

Got here via yor post on the FCF going back to 2006!

Wondered, why did want to switch to French Plates, any advantage?

At 3:46 pm, Blogger madman said...

For the bikes or the microlight?
Either way I switched to French registration because I don't want to live in another country and be a law breaker.
For the bikes and microlight it is much cheaper to be French registered anyway.

At 4:00 pm, Blogger jakbop said...

OI see, you live in France.
I 've some of my most romantic and happy memories with friends in th Dordogne, a bars de Thenon. (:

[xantia 1,9td, BX 1.7 td, Norton Commando 750cc, Suzuki 750 GS]

At 6:58 pm, Blogger madman said...

Bars is about 8 miles from our house. We eat out in Thenon now and then.
I have also owned a BX TZD and a Xantia HDI, and still own two BMW R1100S's.

At 7:08 pm, Blogger jakbop said...

MIlle a dieu!
I love the place and the people.

Have you happened to meet Bernard, et Caroline and their daughter Romi?
Probably not, but you never know.
Caroline is English, been there since about 1976.

At 7:33 pm, Blogger madman said...

Sorry, can't say that I have. I mix with more French people than Brits, but that is because of the flying and biking.

At 6:46 pm, Blogger jakbop said...

Yeah, it was a long shot...Caroline is the same - the only english person I know there, married to Bernard a frenchman. If you bump into them ever...(:

say hello!


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