See previous comments and this photo shows why she is nicknamed "The Flying Bum" !!!
This is the world's largest aircraft and is a 92m long part plane, part helicopter and part airship. It is about 50ft longer than the largest passenger jets and uses helium to become airborne travelling at speeds up to 92 mph. It was developed at Cardington by Hybrid Air Vehicles who claim it can be used for a variety of functions such as surveillance, communications, delivering aid and even passenger travel. It completed its first test flight on August 17th without incident performing one lap of the airfield before landing half an hour later. This was set to be the beginning of 200 hours of test flights which will be able to stay airborne for five days during manned flights. As I drove up the A6 towards Bedford this morning she was crossing the road and there was a mad scramble for photos! Of course! When I returned home this afternoon the wife said "nice photo but it crash landed later" !!! It hit a telegraph pole on landing causing damage. Hybrid Air Vehicles issued a statement stating that all crew were safe and well with no injuries. So could it be "back to the drawing board"?
See previous photo.
The Shetland ponies and one inquisitive horse at the farm we stayed on in August 2016!
Re my last, this is the view when you first approach this castle!!!
See last photo re these gardens.
This is the best shot I could get of this castle as it was a building site with cranes and all manner of builders at work. This is a country house and castle near Drewsteignton. It was built from 1911 to 1930 and is a Grade 1 listed building. It was the last castle built in England and is undergoing a five-year conversion project to finally make it watertight!!! The gardens are Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Of the six castles we saw this was easily the most disappointing, and expensive, and a devil to get to! At least from the direction we came from!!!
Fallow Deer have been roaming the parklands of England for centuries and this lot are part of the Powderham herd of around 500 at the castle on the River Exe. They can of course be culled and butchered for venison and will even help the occupants of the castle survive a siege! That at least is the experience of the ancestors of the Earl of Devon who have managed the herd for 300 years! During the English Civil War when Cromwell's army laid siege to the Royalist-supporting castle for months on end the occupants survived by reportedly eating the deer! I would have thought Cromwell's lot would have got to them first! Venison burgers anyone!!! Anyway I have never tried bambi-burgers!!!
Didn't go too near these beasties as I know what they are capable of with cygnets in tow!
The rear of the castle and the gardens and the chapel is just out of view on the left.