Super weather and wind just right.
John's Bees flew in a blue sky
It wasn't Keith's birthday (yet) but he got a cake anyway.
Being as how it was the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, there were CONKERS.
As Glenn had his drill and Keith had a wonking great ball of hairy string, we had a game or two.
John is lining up his shot. Keith is much more interested in some flying thing.
Despite the other Keith's silly grin, this is serious. - You can see just how apprehensive Mr Boxall is. He's thinking "Here comes another nasty painful crack on the arm bones"
Danny's technique was unbeatable; he ended up with a niner (and lots of bruises - serves him right)
This is an interesting picture. Note the efficient use of cable ties.
As usual, we spent some time looking at all the stalls, exhibits, shows, demonstrations and chickens.
Minkey tried on a Peruvian hat - just to see
There are some interesting things to note about this picture:
Les has a defiant look (Thank you Les for the ice-creams). Keith is wearing his new hat - replete with feathers from 231 different breeds of chicken. Glenn has really swish flame braces.
Oh, and Minkey just likes being in photographs. The hut looks twee from the outside - awfully claustrophobic inside. Shall not buy one.
Minkey upstages Punch. The children loved him.
We saw lots and lots of chickens....
This one is a Snowy Owl Chicken
This one is an Eagle Owl Chicken
We did a lot of KAP. Keith was thrilled with his new video downlink. He can now see what the camera sees.
The rig still takes millions of shots all by itself but that aspect is being addressed and soon he might have some control over what he takes.
Here is an overall picture of the Ardingly site; arena grandstand, kiting field, stalls, funfair and all. That string shows that it is a genuine KAP picture
Now we get to the arty straight-down shots....
The Group Photograph just had to be KAP....
Bit difficult to get everyone together last thing on Sunday.
Note the extreme skill of the kite flyer (dressed in purple) and the guide man (dressed in red).
What a shot !
(Really must develop this technique for future Group Photographs.)
When we saw the HMS Collingwood Volunteer Cadet Corps with their cannons, ENVY set in.
This is the very thing the Gits have been looking for.
The cannons (they had two) were naval cannons used by the army at the Relief of Ladysmith.
We made them an offer.
Relief of Ladysmith
Since each one was insured for £300,000, our offer was turned down.
We popped Rookies into the barrel and the BANGS were very satisfying.
(Click on the picture to get the effect)