Tuesday, 3 May 2011

May 1 Whitsunday Air Show

A later start with a sleep in was lovely before a cooked breakfast (getting bad habits) and then the trip to Airlie.  The only access to the airshow was via buses as there was no parking nearby.  Unfortunately we waited nearly 45 minutes to get on the bus and missed the first item on the programme which was the Roulettes. 


We arrived at our Stinson to find the wing shade fully taken up by spectators but we squeezed our way in and opened up the doors to enable people to look inside. 

Just after settling down we watched the Pitts aerobatics performance, Grummen Avenger display and many others.

The aerial action was quite regular and interesting and the weather superb.

Grumman Avenger

Avenger folded with stilt walker in foreground

Viewing from under the wings

Geoffrey Ruddle's helicopter

We left Kevin in charge of the plan and returned home to a light lunch and then a lovely walk around the garden.  It is far more extensive than I thought.

Lots of pathways, rock walls, a creek flowing to a lovely pond covered in water lilies, 100 year old mango trees and huge spreading rain tree gave me plenty to see and admire on the way round.  The property had been originally a farm so it had lots of history.

Shortly after Kev phoned to say it was all over and he was ready to be collected.  Arriving at the airport we went inside for a while to listen to a superb singer who had been employed to perform for the crown.  She was very talented and entertaining and we enjoyed ourselves immensely whilst sipping on a L L & B.

The cool of the afternoon was spend out here on the verandah finishing the blog updates and watching aeroplanes doing aerobatics over the bay.  Birds called in the background whilst geckos chirruped occasionally around the walls.

Tomorrows plans were made dependant upon what was open as it was another public holiday.

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