Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hampton Fly-Market 2016

Saturday was the annual Hampton New Hampshire Fly-Market (aviation boot sale for yous foreigners) . So we went down for the morning to see whats new. Did not find anything that I absolutely needed among the items for sale, so we just checked out the planes and visited with friends and acquaintances .
Saw a perfectly restored Piper J-5 in the hangar
The J-5 is the Cub Cruiser with the wider fuselage and roomier back seat and a 100 hp engine
Looked like the day it was delivered from the factory
Its available for sale  . . . .  and if I hit the Lottery I'd be all over it .
Same mechanic was working on a restoration of a Taylorcraft
He sure does nice work
He had a freshly restored Aeronca Champ available for sale as well.
On the flight line there were the usual suspects, so I won't bore you too much with them all
This one an old Cessna 195
And the yellow mongrel had a new coat of paint
A Grumman Widgeon made an appearance
Straight out of Tales Of The Gold Monkey, except with some new-fangled electronics
Quite roomy and with the back seats out it would make for a nice camper
A classic from the 1940s still flying today
Among the homebuilts was a new Tatcher CX-4
80 mph on a VW boxer engine sipping three gallons an hour. Not bad
And spent a few minutes chatting with Bill Beauvais who was building a Corvair engine for his Fly-Baby and had a few extra bits for sale .

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Welfare Bum Eradication Program

Seems the local welfare bums have been getting a bit aggressive lately . They were not content with the bird food on the patio floor but have now taken to crossing the power lines from the pole to the house and attempting to get in to the bird feeders hanging on the soffits of the foyer . So it was time to dig out the old homemade critter trap .
In no time flat Number One found out the free food is never really free .
A day later Number Two learned his lesson and also went for a ride a few miles away , over by the town dump , where he has to cross several roads to make it back this way .
Today I watched Number Three go in and come back out . But he was way too tempted and soon his fate was sealed .
Pretty good for some old chicken wire and an old Coleman stove lid I found by the side of the road .
We've also had this little critter visit on occasion . He is most definitely not a Gray Squirrel, and not a Chipmunk , but he don't look like any red squirrel I have ever seen . And I have never seen any reds around here in 13 years we have lived here .
Here is a profile shot of him . He best look out if he tries any funny business with me he'll be joining the other three trouble makers over by the town dump.
We've also had a pair of Gold Finches visit . Never had them here before .
A pair of Catbirds have been coming around as well .
And most interesting of all a Red Breasted Grosbeak .
He is definitely a new one to us .
Our bird book says he is a cousin to the Cardinal , and he may well be , but they don't really like each other as the Cardinal let him know whose bird feeder it was and chased him away .
Different looking guy for sure .