It's been a while but at last a chance to fly. Turned up at 11am to find Gerald making a fire. Looked a bit suspicious too me , what's he burning , but I realized it was for making a brew later on. I think he knew it was going to be a long day.

  Anyway the wind appeared to be in order so we set of walking across to the Sw bowl. Setting up and Rob appears..I am a little bit nervous, new wing and it's looking tasty with good looking clouds.

  Gerald goes first on his old Spider as his Swift is getting an oil change. Looks ok so of I go. Feels good , plenty of lift , pushing way out is easy. Its nicely thermic. 

  Rob launches and has a mooch about before heading for a cloud way out , starts turning  and a little while later reaches base over the back and disappears...forever,  he has flown to Smailholm.

Good effort Rob.

  So then there were two. After a while the wind direction changed to West. We landed back at the cars and Gerald made a brew on the fire..with a very suspicious looking kettle.

  Alex and Emily turned up and by the time we had the brew the direction was good again.  And so the afternoon passed in lifty conditions.  The usual format of top landings , wagga and thermals. 

 I was a bit wary on my new wing the Epsilon 8 but after a short time I really felt good on it. Seems to fly really nicely.  Big thanks to S&W for that.

  It smoothed out as the day went on , seemed to get even better. We kept flying until just after 4 PM. The sun went behind a bank of cloud . Still plenty going on but we have had enough.

Emily made tea....

  It was a wonderful day.

   Tommy.

 

  

I had all but given up looking for a break in the horrendous UK weather systems since last year but that's paragliding. With a few wingbeaters away bonding with the abominable snowmen of Austria and others suffering cabin fever and even some with duties to perform someone has to put it on the tree, Well the day had arrived, IREEGAUN was the cry for Witchie at 11 am Dudley said, and there he was sheltering in the beast. I put up a wind sock in a strong fresh breeze and retreated to the car for tea, Fred arrived and we all sat it out for a while Fred and Dudley strolled across to the SW bowl to check it out the wind had eased a touch.With a vw van pulling up at first i thought Timothy had put a sick note in but it was a Simon nah sorry Stephen Hallsworth so four it was who went to play at witchie. The van door meter test gave me encouragement but it was still a fresh breeze and without much currency of late launching from the south facing hill was a challenge,Thenks Dudley just goes to show you how rusty you get. Use it or loose it refer to Wingbeat safety sense leaflet section 11 safety first guys. However Dudley Stephen and Fredric marched across to the south west bowl to set up, for me i thought it to be easier to get away where i was. The bold Gerald swooped over looking for a wing man and before long the fantastic four where searching the Sky over witchieknowe in good constant lift. At one time i even thought that i could explore over the tower and farm and back. I do enjoy witchie it was just the right site to start your new flying year off after a long winter of nowt. I've wrote before about how wonderful this fabulous site is and today it was Fantasteek we had hours of free energy in the sunshine till dusk, Fred and Stephen made the most of there day til near dark. So all in all a good start to the year for a few of us ald codgers with time on there hands don't you just love this retirement malarky. Hope you all have a great season this year, Keep it real safety first long live the little BIG club. Please feel free to add comments and any other pics,

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  • Jed 1
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The end of another year , and after a period of wet and windy horribleniss a flying day appears in our hungry laps.

  We could see this day developing a few days before and we have a grand plan to have a day out at Tinto . For me it's all just too much as I have another wing , a used Advance Epsilon 8 , but it's new too me and I am very keen to fly it.

Wednesday 18 September - Border Reiving at Hownam Law!

Strange how things happen but Tommy has always fancied a trip to Hownam Law and with no other plans we both decided to head towards the Border for a bit of a raid.  I should explain that Hownam Law is listed as an NHPC site although it is planted well and truly NORTH of the English border so a bit of 'reiving' seemed in order!!.

Aye just call me Mr fabulous. In the past this date has proved a very successful flying day out and what you are about to view is no change, I did post that i wis gaun oot and wasn't being a sleekit eejit.