Tricky post to write, this one. Our infrastructure is crumbling even more than usual down here. My home phone and internet went down late yesterday morning and although I reported it today, it’s still down. And of course, no technicians work after mid-day on Saturday so it’ll be down until at least Monday, so I’m connected to the internet through my new mobile phone that I’ve just received from China.

Trouble is the mobile network is even slower than the fixed internet… Also my water went off yesterday evening but luckily there was enough of a trickle getting through to have a wash and brush my teeth before going to bed. It stayed off all night and came back on again at about 9.30 am this morning so thank goodness for that.

Anyway, I mentioned to Wim a couple of days ago that I need to fly. I haven’t flown since my trip up to La Rochelle which was something like 6 weeks ago, so getting airborne again is well overdue, especially as I want to get away to the UK in the next week or so.

I planned to get the Weedhopper back out again and after Wim flew over my house this morning I went over to Malbec to get it ready to fly tomorrow. This involved changing the two aircraft around in the barn but not before I’d refuelled the Weedhopper, pumped its tyres up and cleaned its screen ready for an earlyish take off tomorrow before the air warms up and becomes turbulent.

Here are some shots that I took after I’d finished with the Weedhopper all ready to be pulled straight out and go in the morning.

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I took the pics on my new phone and I have to say that I’m really impressed by their quality. It’s one of these new-fangled ones with two (or three?) cameras built in and I rate the quality better than my Nikon Coolpix actually. Only thing is, though, that I can hang the Nikon around my neck and use it one-handed while flying and that wouldn’t be possible with the phone. Not without the risk of dropping it overboard, anyway 😐

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