Saturday, 5 April 2014

Patience rewarded

Thursday provided a variety of non-aviation opportunities. After some model flying John went trout fishing, didn't catch anything. Simon and Yan went to Ystradfellte where Simon led the way up some hills and Yan took lots of pics of waterfalls. The guitar party went to Gilwern and did a circular walk including the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal and the River Clydach - and sheep - and ended up in a very nice tea shop in Abergavenny. Towards the end of the day the heavens opened, roads ran with rivers of red water (from soil run off - or possibly Sahara dust).

Canal walking
Gastronome report: The guitar school had three types of sausages with onion mash, followed by fruit salad. The Treasurer's party were fed by Chef John who sacked three sous chefs before producing a 3 course feast: steak with tomato and onion bruschetta, pork chops with onion and mushroom sauce, sauté potatoes and glazed carrots, and (half price Co-op) vanilla cheesecake.

On Friday the day dawned grey again but the forecast was for south westerlies and lo and behold it was right. We were treated to an afternoon of sunshine with the ridge working all down the Cwmdu Valley, with thermals to help out.

On tow - Mynydd Troed

Talgarth tug heading for the hills

The reservoir
Castle Dinas ridge

Spot the airfield
All in all a very enjoyable trip, although of course the weather could - as always - have been better. Many thanks to Black Mountains GC for their hospitality and to Richard Crockett for his hard work in organising the trip and for all the flying he did.

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