Here’s how I got on in the second month of my 365 Days of Happiness Instagram challenge – number 29 on my list of things to do before I’m 30.
This is how my day started. Note that my hot cross bun is a non-raisin variety, courtesy of M&S.
Another beautifully sunny, warm day, so I had my first flight from our new airfield in Wilhelm. It’s going to take some getting used to!
I had a client meeting in Stratford, and it was so lovely and warm that I walked. On the way I saw this beautiful pink blossom, which reminded me of the time I spent in Japan a long time ago.
Lee and I had a relaxing day off together prior to his trip to Austria to fly our new aircraft back with Nigel. We had a scrummy breakfast at the new Muffin Break in Stratford.
After being awake all night and driving Lee and Nigel to Stansted Airport at 3am, I then drove a further 2.5 hours to Bath, where I treated myself to a relaxing morning at the gorgeous Thermae Bath Spa. I will write about this wonderful spa on my blog in the future when I can get some photographs of the inside. Bath was virtually deserted when I arrived not long after 8am, so I was able to photograph the beautiful Georgian street leading to the spa without a soul in sight.
My parents and I enjoyed a sunny walk to Heaven’s Gate, on the Longleat Estate.
I was very happy and relieved to be reunited with Lee, who returned home safely from Austria with the new plane. The last stretch of the journey took them from northern France, so he arrived bearing a box of delicious fresh macarons for me.
After a hard but productive day’s work, I was really looking forward to my first flight in the new aircraft. It was a gorgeous sunny late afternoon, albeit a bit breezy, and we were going to fly over my grandparents’ house in the Dimona to show it off to them! But unfortunately it was not to be – we got a tailwheel puncture when taxiing for take-off. Still a nice evening to be at the airfield, but a bit disappointing!
I spent the entire day working in my “garden office” (shed). But it was a lovely sunny day and I took regular (albeit teeny tiny) breaks for fresh air.
After another solid day’s work, we treated ourselves to a meal out at Pizza Express. Not only did we have a voucher for a pizza and glass of wine for £10, but they also let us use another voucher for free doughballs – our favourite!
I had a riding lesson first thing, and this time I rode a different horse. The one I normally ride is called Yogi (you can see a pic of him here), but he suffers from hayfever, which has got to be a bit of a pain if you’re a horse. Anyway his hayfever makes him throw his head up and sneeze and itch all the time, which makes me nervous, so I’ve switched to the handsome Milo instead. Here’s a photo of me after my half-hour ride on him!
I finally got my first flight in the new aircraft. I sat in the co-pilot’s seat but flew most of the flight, including over to Worcester to circle round over my grandparents’ house and waggle the wings! It’s a lovely aircraft to fly, nice and smooth on the controls.
I spent the morning doing copywriting work at the airfield while Lee flew trial lessons. One of the trial lessons was my friend Julie’s husband, so I got to have a nice natter with her while he was on his flight.
I worked at the airfield all day, which was a pleasant antidote to the fact that I’m really not enjoying the project I’m working on at the moment. My day started with an al fresco breakfast of croissant and free Waitrose cappuccino.
He’s back! Our dear little mouse has been particularly industrious over the last few days, and this morning he actually let me get right up close to him. My iPhone must have been inches away from him and he didn’t seem bothered!
We went for a flight in the Dimona, and had fun flying over my friend Alissa’s house and taking some photos for her. On the way back to the airfield we flew over Stratford, and I got this nice shot showing the church in which Shakespeare is buried.
After a productive day’s work at the airfield, and chatting with some really interesting people (male ballet dancers!) who were there to fly with Lee, I caught a few moments to read out in the sun.
A delightful afternoon at the farm shop cafe with Alissa. Delicious cake and lovely company :)
Post from my mum, in the form of this interesting-looking book about drawing ‘zentangles’. I’m looking forward to getting started on it!
Back to driving school with my first advanced driving lesson. I’m keeping a diary on this, which I will publish when I complete the course.
We had a day off – my first for over two weeks – and flew in the Dimona to Gloucestershire Airport for lunch. I flew most of the way there and I’m really enjoying how smooth the new aircraft is to fly!
A few weeks ago we found a robin’s nest in our aircraft hangar. Last week we discovered that they had hatched, and within a week they had grown from tiny, naked, blind little things to these gorgeous little faces staring out of the nest at us!
We went to Birmingham on the trail of JRR Tolkien, starting at Sarehole Mill, part of the inspiration for the Shire.
Two pretty new dresses arrived for me in the post, just in time for summer to get underway.
My day started with a riding lesson. Actually my riding ‘lessons’ have become more like me riding round doing what I want and nattering to my instructor for half an hour, which is really nice! I rode Milo again and it went well – I’m slowly building up my confidence and strength again, though I’m still not feeling ready for a canter.
To Worcester, for a meal with my grandparents and mum for Nanny’s birthday. I wore my new Joe Brown’s dress!
We did a formation flight with both our aircraft, with Lee and me in the Dimona and Nigel and Marie in Wilhelm. We were going to fly to Croft Farm, but there was too much of a crosswind there so we went to Gloucestershire Airport for Sunday roast instead.
Airborne again for a short flight with Lee in the Dimona to test out the GoPro mount on the wing. I got this shot of Hidcote Gardens, which we visited on Easter Sunday.
We had a ‘catch up’ sort of day off, running errands and spring cleaning. One of our errands was to collect eggs from the farm, where, as you can see, the chickens are very free range!
Grinding cumin seeds for chilli con carne. So therapeutic and my marble pestle and mortar is my favourite kitchen item!
We cast our vote… I wonder what state the country will be in when we awake tomorrow?
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