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The Envelope is the name for this large spherical balloon and not a lot of people know that! Or care! At night it is illuminated by internal lights creating a stunning effect. It takes 5,575 cubic metres of inert helium gas to fully inflate the envelope and it has a surface area of 1,520 metres. The Gondola beneath, an 8-sided annular ring, is manufactured from aircraft quality stainless steel, has an indefinite life and allows passengers to walk around while preventing people from bunching up during flight. Every passenger has an unhindered 360 degree panoramic view.

At Bournemouth for the Air Festival and made the journey to see the Sea Vixen. When the Vulcan was cancelled yet again because of technical problems wasn't too bothered as seen it before but in mid-afternoon they also cancelled the Sea Vixen as the pilot had been called away on military duties and I was not best pleased...............!!!

Ha Dave, Obviously a test for me? "Broddle" Yorkshire dialect to poke around! Well I broddled and it was a lovely day for it. What I didn't tell Carol was that as Staverton near Cheltenham was only about 35 miles away I jaunted down there next to photograph a Gloster Javelin which stands next to the airport café. On my list of course. Well GE shows the Javelin but in the meantime they've moved it into the new Jet Age Museum and it was closed!!! Gutted ain't the word and so a round trip of around 230 miles and I've still got to go back to Staverton!!! Gawd, she'll kill me!!! Anyway the total stands at 113 out of a possible 131, so only 18 to go and half of those are "out of reach" in some base or other. When I've finished I'm thinking of starting with water towers!!! LOL.

Good info'......Geoff..................;-)

See previous pic.

A view from the village green.

Elstow Abbey was a monastery for Benedictine nuns in Elstow, Bedfordshire. It was founded in c.1075 by Judith Countess of Huntington, a niece of William the Conqueror and it is therefore classed as a Royal Foundation. The church is dedicated to St Mary and St Helen. The monastery closed in 1539 and the 23 nuns were pensioned off. Clearly they should have taken the matter to an industrial tribunal!!! Following the dissolution the majority of the church nave was blocked off and retained for parish use and the rest of the church was demolished after 1580. Sir Thomas Hillersdon purchased the remaining monastic buildings and incorporated them into a new house which itself later became a ruin. Three bays of the church are Norman, about 1075, and two western bays are Early-English style, about 1225. In 1539 during the suppression much was lost and in 1823-1838 restoration work was done. Around 1860 a vestry on the north side of the church was demolished. More restoration work was carried out by the architect Thomas Jobson Jackson from 1880-1882. In 1883 and 1885 the John Bunyan stained glass windows were added in the east wall. The church became a listed building on 13th July 1964.

Yeah'..Geoff...these two old silly devils would simply flop down in the middle of a road...if it was shady..!!..with vehicles driving around em'...they were right comics.../..Dave.

This steam engine was built by Robey of Lincoln around 1950 and was used on the old cucumber and tomato nursery to provide steam for the sterilisation of soil prior to the planting of crops. It is one of the last riveted boilers to have been made and not a lot of people know that!!!


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