Sadly we missed flying on 1 January as
that dreaded North wind blew just too strong. So our plans to attend the
flyins at Compton Abbas and Popham had to be abandoned.
However the forecast for Bank Holiday
Monday was looking good and we had not flown in a while so we were rather keen
to get up in the air if at all possible. The day dawned and there was
little wind and not much fog, so we thought we would give it a go.
We uncovered the plane and our friend
John, who normally flies in the Tiger Moth arrived at the airfield, he was going
to fly with us. I telephoned Dunkeswell and they confirmed their weather
was good, they were open and they had fuel.
We took off and were delighted to see
bright skies and good visibility, with some fluffy clouds that looked as if they
had long fingers or tendrils stretching over the countryside. Quite
strange but beautiful. However as we got nearer Dunkeswell the weather
got progressively worse and at least two other pilots reported aborting their
plans to land at Dunkeswell due to the weather. We did not wish to get
"stuck" there, although it is rather a nice part of the country, so we
turned around and headed for Henstridge, where we landed. We took on fuel
and had a welcome cup of coffee and bacon bap.