Friday, 27 July 2012

How Hill

As promised, here are a few of the pictures from the holiday.  The first set come from How Hill on the river Ant, not far from Ludham.  There are a couple of old wind pumps there, and a rather attractive house on a hill close by.  There's also the wonderfully named Toad Hole Cottage, which I managed to photograph later in the week.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Cold and Wet

I've just got back from a week's holiday on the Norfolk Broads: usually a firm family favourite.  When we booked the holiday, back in February, the middle of July - just before the main school holidays - seemed like a really good idea.  In reality, we spent a week in wellies, waterproofs and multiple fleeces.  Leaden skies, rain, thunder and a constant cold, blustery wind were the order of the day.  Definitely a case of "batten down the hatches and make another bacon sandwich".  I managed to take a few pictures on the holiday, which I'll post in the next few days, but here are three to give a flavour of the week.

Needless to say, it's been 28 degrees and sunny since we got home.  Typical...

Sunday, 1 July 2012

What goes up must come down...

Today, at Sibson airfield near Peterborough, Izzi went Sky Diving to raise money for Magpas.  It's still possible to sponsor her here for what is an enormously worthwhile cause.

The day started with a briefing and words of encouragement from Sue of Toad's Driving School, who had organised the event on behalf of Magpas.  Izzi claimed not to be nervous, but I wasn't convinced based on the body language...

An air of resignation had set in by this point.

What the well-dressed (aerial) photographer is wearing this season.  I was pleased to see that the camera (a Canon EOS 600D) was held on with Gaffer tape and bungees.

Then it was all aboard, shortly followed by take-off and a 15 minute climb to 15,000 feet.  Then the fun started...

The following pictures are Izzi, strapped to her "tandem" instructor, heading towards the earth at alarming speed.

 All over bar the shouting now.  The only issue was to avoid being landed upon by other sky-divers.

I think she enjoyed it!

 It was then time to catch the minibus back to the airfield.  The final picture shows a very proud Izzi (photographed by a very proud father) demonstrating her achievement beside a Magpas poster.

Needless to say she wants to do it again next year, although I sincerely hope that she'll have passed her driving test by then!