Busy day today, where I awoke nice and early to blue skies and rather than be exhausted as with the two previous days, I was going to get out there and enjoy the day.
So not far off 10am I found myself sat at Rumbles, large tea in hand, and my ears plugged into the Archers trial omnibus - you git Rob - when suddenly a new sound reached my ears...the unmistakable throaty roar of a World War 2 era aircraft.
Straightaway I remembered it was the RAF parade in town today, and I had forgotten. Normally I try and watch in town and watch as a the displaying aircraft does a couple of flyovers above the market square, but at least I was lucky. I got to have a good view of the Spitfire from the park.
The clipped wings identified it as a later mark Spitfire, and indeed the engine note was more raspy than the Merlins of the earlier marks.
A bit of research identified it as this mark 16 with a later series Merlin built by Packard in the US. What a joy to see it!
The afternoon took me out on another 30km bike ride, with a strong breeze making me favour a ride out to Flintham so I could have a tailwind on the way home. Today I visited the little museum and community shop, where I figured it would be nice to stop ad having a drink; a great idea, as it mean I could ride the wind back home averaging 32kmh!
More warm weather coming to enjoy!
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