Sunday, 26 July 2009

The Windermere Air Show and XH558 Vulcan Bomber

We started the weekend on Thursday night at the local carvery- £3.50 for a main course carvery. Recession busting stuff eh? By the time we got there at seven, they had served 700 people and were fast running out of everything. Still, there was a good atmosphere and we stayed for the quiz. We didn't win but the four of us enjoyed the attempt. Here is a picture of teenager and his friend. I never need much of an excuse to show a picture of my favourite boys. Teenager still bravely wears his NUFC top despite relegation the championship. He gets a lot of stick about it.

Below we have one of my favourite displays at the airshow- the Furness Owls. I just love owls - I find them completely fascinating. Here is a picture of a tiny one - I stroked its feathers which were very soft.

On Saturday it was very hot. The conditions were wonderful, and everyone seemed to be in a good mood. Thousands of people came down to see the air displays. This view is from the Glebe in Bowness on Windermere looking down across to the fair, and then the lake beyond. Look at that blue sky!
Lots of picnics and lazing around in the sun looking for planes or just enjoying the view. Teenager loves going to the fair with his pals.

Below is a ( very not good) picture of the Vulcan XH558 Bomber. Lakeland Jo is really no fan of the plane displays. I can take it or leave it to be honest, but I really did enjoy the Vulcan display. A huge aircraft, but very elegant in to watch, with a wingspan of 34 metres. The Vulcan bomber was Britain's front line air defence during the Cold War. They were withdrawn from service in the early nineties. It costs £1.7 million per year to run which is raised mainly by donations to the Vulcan trust.

This shot was taken from my garden- you get an idea of the shape. It was pretty noisey!! It didn't disturb the residents in the foreground mind you- they're a pretty quiet bunch.

Tonight I will load up pictures of my favourite display of the weekend- the Gus Dermody sheepdogs.


Busy Bee Suz said...

How fun is this? My Dad used to take us to air shows when we were kids. Now, of course I am afraid of them....yes, I need your husbands therapy, but I would have to do this before I FLY over to England!!!! :)
I also adore owls!!!

Nota Bene said...

I remember being at Exeter Air Show a good many years ago when a Vulcan flew over. The whole world shook. Just like an earthquake...fantastic stuff

Renee said...

I am happy to hear that you are much better.

Thank you for understanding and for giving my family your support.

Renee xoxo

karengberger said...

I love family summer fun like this. So glad that you are all back together and can enjoy such things as a family. Blessings to you.