No changing of the flag at the local pub this Sunday. Instead a very pleasant evening eating Irish Stew or Ham Hocks, followed by Paddys, or Powers whisky.
Not alot has happened in the last few days. The weather has been either to windy for paragliding (the weekend), or during work time not the correct direction for the local Dunstable site.
Yesterday I managed to get off work in the afternoon to go paragliding. Unfortunatly the wind rose to above my skill level as I arrived. (Yes I should have gone in the morning, it was likley the wind would rise as the day went by). There were about 7 gliders at the site. Most of these stopped flying while I was there because of the stronger wind.
As I packed up at just before 5 pm, the wind eased of a bit. So I and another guy (John Cooper) went for a short fly before sunset. Managed to get in another 30 minutes of flying. This time I took off from the carpark, and not the bowl, so I have now flown over all the bushes etcetera I have always avoided in the past.
Finally I left top landing too late, and got dropped by the dieing wind. Landed at the bottom in the small area in the corner of the bowl.
The flag flew all day. Friday night I crept across and replaced the Saint Georges Cross.
Some debate on Friday and Sunday as to who put up the Welsh flag. We blamed Colin (part Welsh), on Sunday the landlord was blaming the French Chef. Tonight, if anyone is in, I will admit the swap. It all seems to have been taken as a joke.
This week end the weather was not too bad. No rain, No wind, but only a little sun. We managed a trip out to Stow Landscape gardens. These are managed by the National Trust and are around the public school Stow. This was the first open day of the year.
It must be seven years since we last visited. There has been quite a large amount of renovation on the garden features since we last visited.