We woke to a drizzle the day after our 'Tom Crean experience'. We had not enlisted for the Tom Crean 19 mile endurance walk, and luckily that was sold out anyway, and given the weather would not have been pleasant by any yardstick. Instead we did what any old codger would do under the circumstances and go for a drive.
The Slea Head Drive to be more precise and part of what the Dingle tourist board call the 'Wild Atlantic Way'. Wet and wild that particular Saturday. It is manners to drive clockwise around this circular route as the road is very narrow and cars coming the other way, as a couple did, cause all the traffic to snarl up.
We started in Dingle where we stopped briefly by the harbour, before continuing until we shortly came to a museum. It was a private, commercial sort of venture, run by an American and called the Celtic and Prehistory Museum. And it was actually very interesting, containing some animal skeletons and stone axes and other such artefacts. There…
After visiting the quarry at Les Vardes, we had some lunch and then headed out to The German Underground Hospital in the St Andrews' area of Guernsey.
It was a dank afternoon and this giant system of tunnels certainly suited the mood. The nearly 7,000 square metres of underground chambers were dug out using slave labour between 1942 and 1943, originally for a machine gun company and then as an ammunition store. In 1944 part of the complex was converted to a military hospital and used for German soldiers injured at D-Day. However the damp moist air of the tunnels was not conducive to a fast recovery and the invasion of Guernsey by the allies after D-Day did not take place, so the hospital was decommissioned.
The tunnels are mainly bare, damp and cold. It is certainly an eerie place and I would not like to have to spend a night there. In fact you have to show your tickets again as you go out to ensure that does not happen. Sounds are magnified and hollow. I have posted a link to a …
Spring Bank Holiday is the debut for the series of air displays held at Duxford, part of the Imperial War Museum.
We have not actually paid for tickets and gone onto the site for a long time, as it has been previously possible to view the planes from some byways close to the runway. Now these are always barricaded off for 'health and safety reasons', so we sprung for some tickets to attend the actual event. And it maybe worth the extra money for the atmosphere and buzz you get from being on site.
It was a beautiful day, too warm for late May but lovely to sit in the sun watching the show. It got off to a real bang with the arrival of a Typhoon which did a spectacular display to the tune of its own music.
This was followed by a display from the Harvard trainer and a pair of Strikemasters.
Then an Auster Mk6 and a real star, the Apache helicopter with a few pyrotechnics thrown in.
Another helicopter, the Augusta Bell Sioux.
The Catolina seaplane was followed by a wonderful aerob…