Why are you happy today?

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8 minutes ago, HEM said:

We both happen to fly the same type of sailplane - 18m wingspan (= glides well) & with an auxilliary engine (analogue to an auxilliary engine in a yacht).

2 cylinder 2-stroke develops 53 hp & gets plane off the ground after anout a 200m run & up to around 700m altitude in around 5 minutes.

Short run in idle to cool it down - switch off ignition & the engine & prop fold away into the fuselage behind the cockpit.

Engine is not intended for long periods of use.

 

Refreshments are limited - I take muesli bars & one of these plastic bottles that cyclists use with tap water.

 

For the workaround re lack of toilets send a PM...

Per ardua ad Astra!!!

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1 hour ago, john g. said:

Very happy! Animal abusers to face tougher sanctions:

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48766531

 

1 hour ago, robinson100 said:

 

- unfortunately, only in England and Wales...

 

Should be EU-wide, especially in Greece.

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Happy today because this week I was living my best life in one of my favorite cities in Europe and I have such fond memories of this trip. I love everything about Vienna... the arts, the architecture, the food, shopping, the hustle and bustle of the city, the history, public parks, and meeting interesting people there.  

 

This was my third time staying at my favorite hotel in Vienna.  As promised, the hotel manager really took good care of us and we stayed in this beautifully appointed suite with a lovely piano. I was so happy to play every day on this piano, when I wasn't playing the piano, I was listening to the piano CDs in the room.    We toured the city, enjoyed dinner with friends, visited the botanical gardens at Schobrunn Palace, the Palm House,  Desert House and walked around the grounds of Schobrunn's beautiful landscape.  We also spent time at the naschmarkt and hung out at our favorite bar in the evening talking with fascinating people.   I'm really looking forward to going back to Vienna soon. 

 

Here's a few of pics I took with my cellphone in our room and at Schobrunn gardens. The light in the bedroom had notes with theater tickets, notes with lipstick kisses, and love notes about the hotel and Vienna from people from around the world who stayed here.

 

 

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Impending empty nest isn't easy for me.  I'm very happy though that my daughter and her boyfriend have arrived safely in Austria after a 9 hour drive...her first big driving road trip.

 

The wonder of facetime was great to see them both all excited, ready to set up their tent. Updates are bound to be amusing!

 

Big sigh of relief from me, at least for today.  

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I signed a new 6 months sabbatical contract, so I can look after my dad by myself without having to look for temporary solutions. He still needs to see some specialists for check-up and he gets new teeth as well, but somewhere in autumn we plan that he moves to Mallorca to live at my brother's place. We think this is a better solution than a care home with no family nearby. My brother is not working, so he can look after our dad, who is still low maintenance. My brother's wife agreed as well. I hope we take the right decision.

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I cut two lawns yesterday, one my own and the other belonging to a relative. The great thing is they have a pool which is filled and worthy of a post cut dip! 

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At Dimitri´s today...what´s not to like? Favourite restaurant, favourite person! 

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...and Nicole´s least favourite person also got to eat eventually! (Mind you, secretly, the cat under the table got some meat! ):D:D

 

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Today I had to sit beneath this mountain in the Alps and eat coffee and cake...

 

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....and afterwards jump in their pool to cool off. 

 

However I lied about one thing. The coffee. Because the local German tribespeople don't serve decent British Empire Tea I have a secret stash there of Ty Phoo which is made for me in a separate pot!

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Crete in green camouflage, jeremy! They do yellow this time of year!:D:D

 

PS: why do I always see two smilies when I click only once? That has flummoxed me for years!

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Second that, it wasn't until the last few overs when the req'd run rate was over 15 per over that I started to relax. Next NZ and let's hope they haven't peaked too soon.. Onwards and upwards.

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I was even worried at the last ball, French! I know all about England collapses!:D:D

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highlights:

 

There are shots there which didn´t exist until  a few years ago! I grew up in the Geoffrey Boycott era!

Any American folk on here not familiar with cricket...there are similarities with baseball, you know! Watch!

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