Dan’s Grandmother turned 90 last week, and her family had arranged for her to go on a helicopter ride around the Barnsley area.
We went to watch her take off from a field not far from Barnsley. She was on a 33 mile flight that took her down “the Dambuster’s Run” along the river where the historic dambusters raid was practiced. It was a really sunny day with little wind other than the helicopter wash on landing and take-off.
Granny was a bit nervous in the run up to take-off, as you’d expect from an elderly lady; but once she walked out to the helicopter and sat in it she loved it. Being a little lady, she had a window seat and was able to take lots of photographs, which I’m unlikely to see. After the 20 minute flight, she couldn’t stop smiling and had to stop herself jumping up and down. It really was good to see that she’d enjoyed her birthday treat.
I met a lot of people and I don’t expect to be able to remember names, but I enjoyed the day, meeting part of Dan’s family and playing with babies and chatting with old ladies.
Come the end of the day, good as it was, I was back in my favourite place. Sitting on the riverback outside Dan’s home and watching the tide while the sun set, listening to the combine harvesters making the most of the continuing good weather. Tuna pasta salad and a cup of tea with a good man in a quiet place – one of the best ways to end a sunday!