We managed a quick flight on Sunday and fellow aviators Justin and Brad were alongside with an impressive camera to take these action shots of our Sling airplane ZDL.. more pics here.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
A beautiful day in Durban and 4 wonderful Moms to share it with. My mom, Molly, Kate's mom Lynn, and friends Maureen and Jean all enjoyed lunch at the Royal Natal Yacht Club on Mothers' Day today.
|My daughter Kate-Lynn with granny and my mom, Molly|
|Moms Lynn, Molly and Jean|
Mom's husband Gordon was Commodore of the RNYC for several years, being an avid yachtie and Captain of South Africa's team in the Admiral's Cup international series in England twice. Mom and I sailed up to then Lourenço Marques with Gordon in his yacht Golden Fleece and he then raced back to Durban in the annual Vasco de Gama race in about 1975 before the war in Mozambique.
|James and Kate shared the day with mom Lynn|
Saturday, May 4, 2013
What an incredible experience - we set off on Friday last week in ZDL for our first international flight on an adventure to Mozambique flying with our mates in their Sling 2 - SAA.
Our plan was to fly the 2 1/2 hours to Maputo, clearing out first through passport control and customs at King Shaka International (a five minute flight from our home base at Virginia). This was an experience all by itself. After handling immigration and customs, we then stayed in Maputo for the night and on Saturday we flew the next 2 hour leg to Inhambane up the coast north of Maputo where we parked the plane for the next 5 nights. Homeward bound this Thursday we flew directly back to Maputo to again clear customs and passport control and continued on to Durban - doing the full 4 1/2 hours flying in one day. With 2 international airports and the 3 legs to get us home to Virginia it was a long day departing at 8am and only getting home at 5pm with our brave little plane all washed and packed away in our hangar for the night.
|We laughed at Inhambane Airport when the trolleys came out to fetch our bags|
|Casa Algodoal was an excellent choice for a beach cottage at Tofo, 24kms by road to the coast from Inhambane Airport|
|A rare experience to arrive at an international airport in your own plane!|
|Again out of sequence but we were also proud to wear our uniforms for the international flight - seen here on day one as we prepared to leave Virginia Airport for King Shaka|
|In the air and on our way|
From Maputo up north-east the coastline is known as the Lakes District with brackish fresh/sea water lakes hugging the coast as far as you could see.
|Casa Algodoal - our rustic but excellent beach cottage for our stay. Excellent open plan design, lovely bedrooms and spectacular view over the Tofo Bay and beach with Mozam's typical reed thatch style roof, and our own walkway down to the beach.|
|Poverty abounds and we marvelled at the fishermen who rowed these 2-man boats out kilometres into the sea and reefs each morning to bring in their catch of fresh linefish, squid and crayfish by lunchtime.|
|Yummy crayfish tails in the outdoor pizza oven at our cottage which our mates Marc and Lee experty prepared for a nightly feast.|
|A feast fit for a king!|
|A typical roadside view of the Inhambane area with coconut palms and groups of family thatch huts|
|The view coming into Maputo from Inhambane on our way home with the bay of Maputo and city ahead and the airport out of the picture to the right.|
Saturday, March 30, 2013
My accumulated Voyager airmiles meant we could take a break to Amsterdam, Berlin and Munich, staying with Couchsurfing friends for some of the nights away. Our truip had been postponed from September due to my mom's 80th Birthday bash, so we unfortunately had to do Europe in winter, the temperatures plumetting to a low of -13c. Amsterdam was incredible, but cold, although we managed to have a beer in most places and sometimes even outside catching a few rays of sunshine. It was supposed to be Spring, and the cold did not deter us from a jaunt around the city by bicycle, probably the best way to get around there. It was shortly before Easter and the store displays were amazing everywhere.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
It is great to find an old number, give it a ring and reconnect with friends from the past. Rich and Rosanne were friends before I got married ie more than 25 years ago.. Richard I had met in the army on a border camp to the Angola border somewhere inbetween my years at Varsity.
He then went on to farm sugarcane down the south coast and once I had qualified I did a number of his farm title deed registrations. Their daughter Jenna is now married to the son of an airfield owner at Fredenheim near Margate. So we took a flight down to Fredenheim where Rich and Rosanne met us and we enjoyed a breakfast at the nearby Leopards Rock Cafe.