Isn't is totally amazing how a day when you have nothing much planned turns great!
Such was today.
The Bournemouth Air Festival is on this week and we were of the opinion ...'been there done that!'.
We have had some fantastic days at the air show. Two years running we spent the whole day on the cliff top in a prime spot but found it a bit restrictive. Two years ago we spent the day with Jakki and Gary at their Pod and that was amazing and last year Jakki and Gary were away and loaned us the pod which was awesome.
This year we figured we'd seen it, done it and couldn't face the crowds. We would have liked to have seen the Red Arrows but not enough to go down there.
So we ambled out this morning to get a frap and pick up an order from Dunhelm when we had a phone call from Nigel's friend who own a marine business who said it was a lovely day and he didn't want to spend it all working and so had decided to take one of his boats out just for the red arrows. Would we like to go?
The one thing we have never done and always said we would like to is see the air show from the water. The water opposite Bournemouth beach is always full of boats and we never thought we would have the chance.
The other big big draw was that the sun is always int he wrong direction for good photos. You look out to see and so you have the sun turing things into almost silhouette. We knew seeing it from the water would be so much better.
So we headed off to Salterns and met up with David, Speedway star and World Champion Chris Holder and his family and a couple of other friends and we were off.
The Targa was brand new and totally awesome.
This is us at Salterns Marina
This is a web picture of a Targa 35 - not the one we were on obviously as I couldn't get THIS shot unless I was IN the air show!
It is a beautiful boat with such high end finish and Oh My does it go fast. Really fast. It was fabulous.
It was great travelling out of the harbour as it was like being part of an Armada as it seemed everyone who owned a boat was leaving and heading for Bournemouth Bay.
It was fun sailing so close to the million pound houses at Sandbanks and I am figuring as I have seen them twice from the water in as many weeks fate must be telling me one is destined to be mine! Oh well - no harm in dreaming eh!
We sped out and then made our way through the boats including some impressive RN boats
The arrows were due at 12.00 and they were, as always, spot on time. And as the weather was perfect they did their full 24 minute display in all its glory and boy did they ever go RIGHT OVER HEAD .... a lot ...... it was amazing. Closest we have ever been to them
I didn't take many photos as I was just enjoying the display but here come a few.
It was pretty terrific. Unexpected and terrific. And I have fallen in love with Chris's little boy. Just the most gorgeous little boy ever.
I have a new page to share today made for another new release at Pickleberrypop, this time by Lorie M called InstaLife
and this is what I created with it
Today I am thankful for
- unexpected days out
- beautiful cloudless skies, daring aerobatics and super boats
- the fact that despite the wasp sting I didn't have too bad a reaction!