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Lunchbreak

One problem from operating from a wet grass field in winter is that the propeller sprays the mud splatter kicked-up by the aircraft wheels all over the tail plane. Great, what a mess!

Though I would escape for a quick thirty minutes over the coast this afternoon, and spotted grey seals lying on the huge kidney-shaped 'Tongue Sands' off Margate; you don’t see these very often.



Still much too warm for December, butterflies and bees still around. God only knows how hot the summer of 2004 will be if the temperature continues to climb as it has done over the last two years.

I finally ordered Broadband into the new house today from Nildram Internet, plus a wireless router for security as much as connectivity. I’ll be interested to see how seamlessly the new online experience will be when BT switch me on next week.

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