|14 September 2008 - Bembridge
the best of the flying season was fast running out we decided to visit the
Isle of Wight and have a walk while the days were still sufficiently long.
It was good flying weather and
we took the usual route passing Popham, Alton, Petersfield and over the
Solent to join for runway 12 at Bembridge. We
parked up and took on some fuel and made our way to the Control Tower
where we paid the exorbitant price of £1.72 per litre and were moaned at
for apparently walking through a non-approved gate between the aircraft
and buildings. There were
several aircraft on the field already and more arrived throughout the day.
I sincerely hope their
occupants didn’t commit the crime of walking through the wrong gate.
off towards the harbour via the path that passes the windmill and noticed
just how many blackberries were in the hedgerows. At
the harbour we had lunch in the usual café and then walked along the
harbour front. We had not been
here for some time and we noticed there were some changes with a new
access walkway to the boats.
along the harbour front we looked at the houseboats, some of which
certainly looked like they had seen better days. Although
they looked great on this sunny day we wondered what it was like in such a
residence during the worst weather that a winter can produce.
down at the harbour we bought a small bucket and used this to hold
blackberries, which we picked on the return journey to the aeroplane. We
got the aeroplane ready, backtracked runway 12 and climbed out over White
had a very pleasant return flight flying low over the Hampshire