A Few Days R & R.
My phone's battery is getting a bit tired so as soon as I'm on the aeroplane and headed home, I switch it off to conserve what's left for getting taxi's and so forth at the other end. I almost always end up missing a good photo.
There was a Norwegian 737 with two de-icing trucks dancing attendance on the other side of the apron though by the time my phone came back to life, it had gone. I managed this shot which would have been better but at the last moment I had to move from my window seat to make way for a cello. I wouldn't sit next to one again - never said a word all the way home.
I was nevertheless distracted by a spot of lunch which I'd prepared at the hotel and wrapped in a BeeBee Wrap to keep fresh. BeeBee Wraps are beeswax impregnated cotton squares and used as an alternative to cling-film. It's reusable and said to last about a year.
Traditionally, I've used cling film to wrap up sandwiches and there's always a certain sogginess about them by the time I get round to lunch. Not so with these wax wraps. The claim is that food stays fresher for longer because the wrap is breathable - a claim I wouldn't dispute.
The sky was clear as we came over the East Anglian coast and I was pleased to make out a popular spot for The Special Builder's Breakfast Club at Southwold harbour (arrowed in green).
But the next morning the picture was slightly different - cue, travel chaos.
Those of us lucky enough to work from home, always have something on the go to keep us occupied when the rest of the country shuts down. Learned Counsel is making headway with the Mazda-engined racing car aided by his new Lidl air rivet gun. The chassis has been powder-coated and I lent him a 100m roll of plain wallpaper to cut the body panel patterns out. Wallpaper is perfect for the job as it's stable enough to take a bit of rough handling.
I see he's following my lead with Wilwood calipers and, I know that a bunch of washers as spacers doesn't look very nice but for trackside adjustment (of the rake in this case) they're the way to go.
My 'snowed in' occupation is a Model Airways Albatros D.Va kit. I first saw one of these kits in the late 70's. It was a Sopwith Camel and I've never forgotten being completely bowled over by the level of detail. A model like this was always way out of my reach - historically they've been eye-wateringly expensive - but this last Christmas I bit the bullet and stumped up the folding. The kit has not disappointed - there's a zillion parts in the engine alone! I think I'm going to cover it in a transparent Solatex of the type used for indoor flying models, paint one side and leave the other clear though I must first finish the painting of the Hillman which I've rather neglected of late....
... because, besides some more stainless steel manifolds to make, 'Project W' and some further additions to the silk finishing machine have taken up most of my time.
No rest for the virtuous then.