Monday, 5 October 2015

Clear Lake Float Fly

Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20

Trailer is all packed up and we are ready to go. Lots of planes - all on floats so we must be going to a lake. This should be fun - lots of walks, trees to climb, and people to visit. Dad got a new battery for the trailer so we should all be toasty and warm at night.

Once we were past the point of no return Mum realised that she had left the stuffing for the potluck dinner in the freezer at home. We had to make a detour into Barrhead to get new fixings. The new  stuffing did turn out better than the batch at home. She had lots of compliments and lots of good laughs! 

Clear Lake Beach. The water level has really dropped since July.
The lake looks really nice but it is quite shallow with lots of weeds. It made flying difficult - hard to get past the weeds for take-off. Plus the motor on the recovery boat was too big. Poor J Q had to use his kayak to rescue the planes that didn't land quite right.

The ducks and geese are gathering. Dad says the geese a practising for their flight south. He says the honking sounds like the cadence chant from his militia days: "left, left, left, right, left".

Where is that squirrel?

The squirrels were very active. Getting ready for winter hibernation. The bold ones got very close to the trailer and my nose! I am pretty fast but not fast enough to catch a squirrel,. Mum says that is a good thing - they bite back.
I think I could climb this one.

Table all set up for the wrap-up dinner.
Deep fried turkey with all the trimmings.

There was a mock wedding ceremony for Cash (a maltese/yorkie cross) and Maddie. They both wore charming outfits. The wedding songs were "Who let the dogs out", "You're nothing but a hound dog" (for Cash) and "They call it puppy love" for Maddie.

R acted as minister and gave a very nice blessing for the meal. One of the company has been in palliative care for the last few weeks and R had special words for her and her family.

According to Mum and Dad supper was excellent. It was a great way to wrap up the flying year. 

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