Those Magnificent Flying Machines

Today was the annual Nylstroom Taildraggers Fly Inn, and I had just a short time available to visit. As always I felt a bit jealous, as it must be one of life’s greatest joys to be able to fly.

But I did have a few minutes to take a few photos. Here is some of this year’s happy moments…

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If I could fly…

The word’s of Frank Duval’s song is keeping on repeating in my mind at the moment.

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Today I have been back at home for a week since the operation. I have left the house only once- to go to my doctor to get the dressings changed.

And I am slowly going out of my mind. I love to be outdoors. I love to be on a Bike. Or to go to a coffee shop with friends.

Is is normal to feel depressed and trapped a week after an operation? Or is it just my personality shining through?

Anyway, I dont want to sound like my friend Ben from Bitter Blog

I am spending the quiet time reflecting, evaluating, planning…

I have read some amazing books. Somehow I really liked Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune.  I am also into my 3rd Odd Thomas book, by Dean Koonttz, although it is a genre I don’t normally read.

I listen to Bob Dylan on my hifi, and a lot of my other, what my kids would call Old Music, I must confess, sweet gospel music doesn’t do it for me at the moment, some good Classic Rock really helps a lot. All the music we were warned against as teenagers in the 80’s…

I have seen some good movies- like the new 300, and Transcendence,  and the worst one ever- Hercules Reborn…

And now I still have to get all my financial things in order for the yearly tax return, looking forward to that like a colonoscopy….

So, while feeling trapped, today I wish I could just hop on an airplane and fly away…

I hope your day is much better. Biker friends, go for a Ride, life is just too short not to…

 

Flying high with style…

When you read this, I will be in a theater for the first operation of my life…

I am really scared but should not be… So here, for your enjoyment, is some photos of one of my favorite things in life: a Biplane!

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Unfortunately it did not fly while I was there, would have loved to take some pictures of it on the go!

Enjoy your day, and think of me…

Containers- Weekly Photo Challenge

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I know, I know- I am stretching this theme A LOT! But here is my entry: an aerial container full of Russians!

At our town’s Fly Inn over the weekend, the star attraction was the visit from this old biplane- an Antonov 2. Some say ( In a Jeremy Clarkson voice) that this might be the biggest single engine aircraft in the world…

It looks extremely heavy, but I saw with my own little eyes it takes off, fully loaded in under 100 meters!

So ladies and gentlemen, for your entertainment: my container full of Russians, the Antonov 2:

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For more interesting reading on the history of the Antonov AN 2- read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonov_An-2

Just an update for my regular readers- the Apple Juice did not work. I had the mother of all gall stone attacks at my mother in law’s place, and no, it was not her poisoning me. I have a lovely mother in law! Really like her. So… tomorrow my wife is taking me to the big bad city, and on Wednesday I am having surgery taking out my gallbladder. I thought I would be hopping, skipping and jumping out of there, but my GP told me just now to be prepared for 2-3 days in hospital and 2 weeks sick leave afterwards.  So… the Rider might be the Shadow for the next two weeks. This is my first operation ever, really scared- you know the saying: “Any surgery on ME IS major surgery…”  So- it might be a while before I ride again!

Sorry Seegogga, ek het regtig my bes probeer met die appelsappies…

What a sexy nose!

I have seen some beautiful aircraft at our local Flying Club’s Fly Inn over this weekend. I will dish it out slowly so that you don’t get too fed up with me…

This is just one, super sexy, fast example, no idea what it is…  But I like…

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And also my friend with the VW Beetle engine…

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My eldest son and I had a great morning there! More to follow soon…